FACT & FACTORS: Tigers vs. the Tide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Saban Bowl I is in the books and LSU came out on top beating Alabama 41-34.

Quote of the Game:

"It's like playing against someone who is in your family. I wish them well and like to

see them doing well. I am proud to see how some of them developed into successful

young men, and I want to watch them continue to be successful in their lives."

- Alabama coach Nick Saban

Turning Point:

The Tigers had their backs against the wall with its national championship expectations hanging in the balance.

The season hinged on one play.

Facing fourth and four from the Alabama 32, Matt Flynn led the offense to the line. As the Bryant-Denny Stadium crowd of 92,138 worked itself into a frenzy, Flynn dropped back to pass. Early Doucet and Richard Dickson both ran in-routes and Doucet snared a pass, nearly deflected pass from Flynn. Picking up a block from Demetrius Byrd, Doucet side-stepped a pair of defenders at the Alabama 15 and danced into the end zone.

The once-raucous Crimson Tide student section sat stunned as Doucet celebrated with his teammates.

It was over when:

If Doucet's touchdown on fourth and four wasn't stunning enough, Alabama's ensuing possession was enough to suck the life out of the Crimson Tide faithful.

Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson tried valiantly to lead his team down the field for a last-second victory. Instead, the Tide suffered a late game heartbreak.

On third and 12 from the Alabama 30, Wilson dropped back to pass. LSU's true freshman safety Chad Jones came on an all-out blitz and nailed Wilson for a 16-yard loss. In the process of Wilson going down, the ball popped loose and Tiger free safety Curtis Taylor pounced on the loose ball.

LSU took over possession at the Alabama three and scored two plays later when Jacob Hester dove over the top across the goal line for the go-ahead score with 1:26 left to play in the game.

Stat of the Game:

219 – Yards by which LSU outgained Alabama in total offense. The Tigers accumulated 475 yards of total offense offset by the Tide's 254 net yards. LSU rushed for only 87 total yards, but made up for it in the air with 388 passing yards. Alabama mustered 234 passing yards but rushed for a paltry 20 yards on 33 carries.

By the Numbers:

14 – Number of times LSU was flagged for penalty in the contest. The Tigers' 14 infractions cost LSU 130 yards. Alabama was penalized just twice for 15 yards.

3 – Plays were reversed via replay in LSU's favor. Sevenplays in all were reviewed in the game and four were overturned.

5 – Straight wins for LSU over the Crimson Tide. The Tigers have now won seven of the last eight meetings with Alabama dating back to the 2000 season.

7 – Times the LSU defense sacked Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson. The seven sacks were a season high totaling 53 yards in losses.

45.3 – Combined completion percentage by both quarterbacks Matt Flynn and John Parker Wilson. The signal callers combined to complete 39 of 86 passes for 622 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Flynn completed 24 of 44 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions while Wilson connected on just 14 of 40 passes for 234 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Three Points:

1. A LEG UP - Colt David's 43-yard FG with 6:05 left in the first quarter and a 49-yard FG with 11:21 in the fourth quarter were his 15th and 16th made field goals of the season and the 27th and 28th of his career. The successful kicks moved David into seventh place on LSU's career FG made list. It also moved him into a third-place tie for FG made in a season. David's 49-yard FG was the longest by an LSU player since Chris Jackson made a 50-yard FG against Miami in the 2005 Peach Bowl. His 11 points moved the junior kicker into seventh place on LSU's single-season scoring list with 95 points. David's 11 points today give him 89 this season as a kicker, moving him into first place in points by a kicker in a season (David scored six points on a fake field goal against South Carolina). Also, his four successful extra points kicked in today's game extended his consecutive PAT streak to 49, the fourth longest streak in LSU history.

2. BETTER LATE THAN EARLY - Early Doucet pulled down a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Flynn with 4:30 left in the first quarter and a 32-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The scores were Doucet's third and fourth of the season and the 18th and 19th of his career. Doucet is now tied for third place on LSU's career receiving touchdowns list, joining Devery Henderson and Wendell Davis, who also had 19. Doucet tossed the first pass of his career, a 35-yard completion to Flynn, late in the first quarter. It was also the first reception in Flynn's career. Doucet finished with five receptions and moved into sole possession of ninth place in LSU career receptions with 130.

3. HANGING CHAD - Chad Jones recorded the first sack of his career with 2:40 left in the first quarter and added another one with 1:39 remaining in the game. Jones tallied a forced fumble, the first of his career, that set up the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He also returned three punts totaling 18 yards.

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