How it Happened
With very little offense from LSU and just not enough might on defense to stop Alabama, the Tigers fell for the first time under Ed Orgeron. It was a defensive war in the first half and much of the third quarter before Alabama finally broke through with a Jalen Hurts touchdown to stay undefeated and win 10-0.
LSU held the ball for just 7:43 in the second half, managing only 25 total yards while Alabama rolled up 205 total yards. The 4th quarter was controlled by Alabama for nearly the entire quarter as the Tide's field goal drive at up 9:51 and then the Tigers couldn't do anything with the ball after getting it back. The Tide worked LSU's defense and managed to grind out the win with Jalen Hurts making enough plays to win and LSU's defense breaking at key points including a 3rd down run by Hurts after a false start that picked up the first down. After that, the Tide ran out the clock after Etling couldn't lead a comeback.
What it Means
The Cinderella story ends for Orgeron, whose team lost tonight for the first time under his direction. The loss severely damages any chance LSU had to make the SEC Championship game and potentially the College Football Playoff. LSU has a lot of questions on offense and needs to find answers quickly as the team regroups for a tough SEC test again. The defense was just left out there for too long by the LSU offense and it showed late in the game.
Player of the Game: Dwayne Thomas
Thomas talked a big game heading into this one and while LSU didn't dominate Alabama, Thomas made sure it wasn't going to be because of him. Thomas had nine tackles, three for loss, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry. His play wasn't nearly enough to stop the Alabama attack though.
The last time LSU was shut out in Tiger Stadium, Nick Saban was coaching the Tigers. LSU lost to Alabama 31-0 in 2002. The Tigers had 100 first half yards and while that wasn't impressive, it was more of a credit to Alabama. In the second half, LSU was held to only 25 yards to finish with 125 yards.
LSU heads on the road to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks on Saturday, November 12. The gametime hasn't been set yet as CBS picked up their 6-day option.