No. 14 LSU failed to match No. 4 Alabama’s overtime touchdown and fell to the Crimson Tide 20-13 Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
Blake Sims connected with DeAndrew White for a six-yard score on the opening possession of overtime. That came after Sims hit White late in regulation to set up the game-tying field goal with seconds left in the fourth quarter.
LSU got its chance to match Alabama’s go-ahead score, but the Tigers couldn’t muster a yard. Anthony Jennings threw four consecutive incompletions to seal the Tigers’ fourth straight loss at the hands of Alabama.
LSU hasn’t beaten the Tide since the first “Game of the Century” in Tuscaloosa in 2011.
But this one will probably sting worse than any of the previous three.
LSU seemingly had the game won after a 39-yard field goal by Colby Delahoussaye with less than a minute remaining in the game. Alabama had gifted the Tigers that late go-ahead field goal after T.J. Yeldon fumbled inside his own 10-yard line with 1:13 left in the game.
A personal foul on Vadal Alexander during that drive backed up LSU 15 yards. So instead of having a shot at six, the Tigers had to settle for that field goal. LSU wasn’t able to milk much clock either, leaving with Alabama enough time to tie it.
Against an LSU defense that had only allowed 40 yards in the second half, Alabama marched 55 yards with nine plays in 47 seconds. A pass from Blake Sims to DeAndrew White for 16 yards brought the Tide to LSU’s 10-yard line, and Andrew Griffith — who’d missed a field goal earlier in the game — made the 27-yarder to send the game to overtime.
This game was another classic chapter in the defensive slugfests that define the LSU-Alabama rivalry. Neither team surpassed the 300-yard mark in regulation.
It was LSU that struck first though. After forcing Alabama to consecutive three-and-outs, the Tigers took over their third possession near midfield, set up by Tre’Davious White’s 18-yard punt return. Leonard Fournette ran it five of the next six plays, picking up 27 yards to bring LSU to the Alabama 14.
On third down, Jennings heaved a fade to Malachi Dupre in the end zone. He reeled it in with his left hand but was initially ruled out by the referee. The play was overturned by replay though, and the Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead.
The LSU defense would force one more three-and-out before Alabama finally found its stride offensively. The Tide marched 70 yards on 16 plays, picking up four third downs in the process. But the Tigers finally managed a stop after a pair of incompletions and a pass to TJ Yeldon came up short.
Adam Griffith hit the left upright on the ensuing 27-yard field goal attempt, leaving a zero on the board for Alabama.
But the LSU offense struggled after its touchdown drive. The Tigers ran 15 plays the rest of the half, not counting the kneel down before halftime. They racked up only 35 yards on those four possessions, the final one resulting in an interception by Jennings.
Alabama capitalized on that turnover. The Tide gained only seven yards on the drive but made the 39-yard field goal to get a 10-7 lead before the half.
LSU tied it with its first possession of the second half, maintaining possession for 13 minutes, 20 seconds in the third quarter.
The Tigers drove 57 yards on 12 plays, including a 15-yard run by Jennings on third-and-eight from the Alabama 37. Jennings threw to Dupre three plays later on an almost identical throw to the earlier touchdown grab. But this time Dupre landed out of bounds, and LSU had to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Delahoussaye.
That tied it 10-10 to set up the crazy final minutes of regulation.
LSU falls in overtime to Alabama, 20-13
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