LSU/Alabama Post-game Notes

No. 9 LSU dropped to 7-2 after a 24-15 loss to undefeated and third-ranked Alabama.

LSU’s captains were Josh Jasper, Ciron Black, Charles Scott, Rahim Alem, Trindon Holliday and Kelvin Sheppard.


Alabama won the toss and deferred until the second half so LSU received the opening kickoff.


The first quarter was scoreless.


The Tigers ran one play on their fourth drive as time expired in the first quarter. LSU had 52 yards of total offense in the first 15 minutes with five rushing and 47 passing. The Tigers had one first down and was 0 of 3 on third down.


Alabama had three possessions in the first quarter with 94 total yards of offense – six rushing and 88 passing. Bama was 2 of 5 on third down conversions and picked up 4 first downs.


Jordan Jefferson hit DeAngelo Peterson for a 12-yard touchdown with 9:12 to play in the second quarter and Josh Jasper hit the extra point to put the Tigers up 7-0. LSU went 91 yards on 13 plays and ate 6:11 off the clock.


Alabama responded to LSU’s score with a 28-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin to make it a 7-3 game. Bama drove 40 yards on eight plays in 3:20 with the big play coming on Javier Arenas’ 40-yard kick return that game Bama that ball at their own 49 yard line.


LSU led 7-3 at halftime.


Some notable first half stats included:

- Alabama had 12 first downs compared to seven for LSU.

- The Crimson Tide had 210 yards of total offense (55 rushing and 155 passing) and LSU had 156 (51 rushing and 105 passing).
- Both teams were 2 of 7 on third down conversions.

- Derek Helton punted four times for a 48.8 yard average.

- Jordan Jefferson led LSU with 31 yards rushing on six attempts and Charles Scott had 26 yards on seven rushes.

- Jefferson completed 8 of 14 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

- Terrance Toliver led LSU with three catches for 40 yards and DeAngelo Peterson was next with two grabs for 40 yards and a touchdown. Brandon LaFell did not catch a pass in the first half.

- Jai Eugene led LSU with six tackles followed by Perry Riley with five. Kelvin Sheppard had three stops and he also intercepted a pass late in the first half.

- Mark Ingram had six carries for 38 yards for Bama.

- Greg McElroy was 14 for 25 passing for 155 yards with no scores and one interception.

- Marquis Maze led Bama with six receptions for 88 yards. Mark Ingram had three catches for 16 yards and Julio Jones had two for 19 yards.


Alabama received the ball to start the second half and the Crimson Tide marched 81 yards on 8 plays with Greg McElroy hitting Darius Hanks on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The drive lasted 3:20 and the extra point gave Bama a 10-7 lead with 11:40 left in the third quarter.


Jordan Jefferson went out at the midway point of the third quarter with what he called a sprained ankle and Jarrett Lee took over at quarterback.


LSU cut the lead to 10-9 when Greg McElroy was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone with 5:55 left in the third period. Drake Nevis was credited with the sack – his third of the season.


Charles Scott had to be helped off the field and he did not return after landing on his shoulder at the end of a 34-yard run with 4:24 to play in the third. Stevan Ridley relieved Scott and scored on his first carry on an 8-yard run following a short run by Trindon Holliday. The Tigers went for two but Jarrett Lee’s pass fell incomplete. LSU drove 59 yards on six plays and chewed up 2:36 off the clock. With 3:19 left in the third quarter LSU led 15-10.


After three quarters of play Alabama had 346 yards of total offense compared to 244 for LSU.


Alabama pulled to within 15-13 on Leigh Tiffin’s 20-yard field goal with 12:35 left in the game. Alabama drove 65 yards on 12 plays and worked 5:44 off the clock. A key play was a substitution penalty on Bama when they had third and goal from the 2 yard line.


Alabama took a 19-15 lead when Julio Jones caught a Greg McElroy pass on the first play of a fourth quarter drive and broke it for a 73-yard touchdown with 10:24 left. Brandon Taylor missed the tackle on Jones and Trent Richardson scored the two-point conversion to give Bama a 21-15 cushion.


Alabama added a 40-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin with 3:02 left in the game for the final score and a 24-15 victory. The Bama scoring drive was kept alive when the replay official ruled that a Greg McElroy pass was incomplete when it appeared that LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson made the interception.


Alabama defeated LSU in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1999 and now holds a 45-23-5 advantage in the series.


Alabama won for only the second time under Nick Saban when it trailed at the half.

LSU quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee were a combined 14 of 27 passing for 158 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Jefferson went 10 for 17 for 114 yards with a scoring toss, and Lee was 4 for 10 for 44 yards with one interception.


Charles Scott led LSU with 83 yards on 13 carries, but the Tigers gained only 26 more rushing yards as a team.


Terrance Toliver and Brandon LaFell both caught four passes with Toliver gaining 46 yards and LaFell had 28. DeAngelo Peterson finished with two grabs for 40 yards and a TD, and R.J. Jackson had the other two receptions for 26 yards.


LSU punted eight times on the day and finished with a 46.6 yard average. Derek Helton had six punts that averaged 47.0 yards and Josh Jasper punted twice for 45.5 yard average with both kicks downed at the Alabama 1 yard line.


Jacob Cutrera had a career-high 11 tackles to lead LSU while Kelvin Sheppard and Perry Riley added eight apiece. Drake Nevis added seven stops including two for a loss and a sack.


Alabama had 452 total yards of offense on 72 plays, while LSU had 253 yards on 56 snaps.


Mark Ingram ran for 144 yards on 22 carries and Greg McElroy completed 19 of 34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.


Tigers extending their notable consecutive starts streak tonight were: LT Ciron Black (49), OG Lyle Hitt (29), LB Harry Coleman (22), RT Joseph Barksdale (22) and RB Charles Scott (22).

R.J. Jackson and Rueben Randle made their first career starts on Saturday.


LSU has now picked off a pass in 11 straight games after Kelvin Sheppard intercepted Greg McElroy late in the second quarter.


LSU has not allowed a first half touchdown in five straight games.


DeAngelo Peterson’s 12-yard touchdown reception was his first career TD and only the fourth reception of his career. He added one more reception on the evening.


Brandon LaFell has now caught a pass in 37 straight games keeping the fifth longest streak in the nation intact.


Charles Scott surpassed Rondell Mealey and LaBrandon Toefield on the career rushing list. His 83 yards against Bama moved him to seventh place with 2,317 career rushing yards.


Richard Dickson did not play against the Tide due to an injury he suffered against Tulane.


Alabama clinched at least a share of the SEC Western Division title with the win and will represent the West in the SEC Championship Game.


LSU returns to action next Saturday when Louisiana Tech travels to Baton Rouge.



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