|T.J. Yeldon's name went into Alabama history with his game-winning touchdown. (US Presswire)|
ALABAMA WON. Outgained, outplayed, down 17-14 with barely more than 90 seconds to play, their offense having done next-to-nothing all second half, in the most hostile atmosphere college football has to offer, the Tide had no business winning ... and they won anyway. AJ McCarron guided the Alabama offense 72 yards in 5 plays, the final 28 of them coming on a screen pass to T.J. Yeldon that immediately goes down as the call of the year and one of the classic plays in Tide and Tigers history.
Zach Mettenberger was brilliant in defeat, hitting 24-of-35 for an incredible 298 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions against the nation's No. 1 defense. His performance gave the Tigers a 435-328 advantage in total yardage and could have (and maybe should have) won the game, but major issues for LSU in Tide territory -- a failed fake field goal, two field goal misses, and a failed 4th-and-1 -- kept Alabama alive just long enough for the mindblowing finish.
Like all sports, college football can be cruel. It's never crueler than it was to LSU in Death Valley Saturday.