"He played a very good game today not only the passes he caught," Saban said. "He blocked very well tonight, but he has done those things all year and has played very well every game."
Clayton finished the game with 130 yards. It was the sixth100-yard receiving game of his career, moving him into a six-way tie for seventh place in career 100-yard receiving games. He becomes the first LSU wide receiver to ever total 700-plus yyards in three consecutive seasons.
"They (Alabama) played a lot of off coverage out there so we were able to get the ball to the outside receiver and he did a real good job once he got the football," Saban said.
Clayton's 12-yard reception in the first quarter extended his consecutive games with a reception to 36 games, every game of his career. But one fumble, one the first play of the second half dampened his spirits a bit. The fumble was his second of the season.
"I know he had the one fumble, but it was probably his competitive spirit that helped create that," Saban said.
Mauck climbs the charts
Did you know matt mauck has already surpassed Rohan Davey's touchdown total of the record-breaking season of 2001?
Davey threw 18 touchdowns that season, Mauck threw two at Alabama Saturday upping his total to 21 on the season.
"We had a great team effort tonight. Offensively we left a few things out there, but when we needed a big play we made it and that was big tonight.
Matt Mauck's 3-yard touchdown pass to Eric Edwards with 2:03 in the second quarter was the 30th of his career, surpassing Rohan Davey for fifth place in career passing touchdowns. It was the seventh TD reception of Edwards' career. However, Mauck did throw his eighth interception of the season.
"It was a really poor decision on my part," Mauck said. "It was just something I really wish I could take back. I thought I did a pretty good job tonight, but there were some things I would've done differently if I could.
Running back situation tightens
LSU head coach Nick Saban is living by the philosophy, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Since running backs Joseph Addai and Shyerone Carey went down with knee injuries earlier this season, freshmen running backs Alley Broussard and most especially Justin Vincent have stepped in and assumed the front running positions in the Tiger backfield.
The result – an explosive rushing attack.
Now, Saban said the problem is he has too many runners and not enough footballs to go around.
"I think it is hard to make everybody happy," Saban said.
Saban has tried to share the wealth by assigning each back a certain duty in the game. He began this rotation when the Tigers traveled to Alabama last weekend.
"Everybody went into the game with a role," Saban said. "Alley (Broussard) played well when he was in there and Joe (Addai) was going to be the third down back."
While Vincent, Broussard and Addai all fit into the rotation well, Carey had problems adjusting.
"I didn't feel like Shy (Carey) was himself with the way he was running the ball, so we didn't play him that much," Saban said. "But he was the second guy in the game for us."
Saban added Addai has made much progress ince returning from his injury and is almost back to full speed.
"He (Addai) had some opportunities to make plays, but the way to get back in sync with things is to have the right attitude in terms of working, being happy and taking advantage of the opportunities that you have," Saban said. "Joe made a couple of good runs tonight and hopefully we will get him back to being his old self soon, really both of them."