Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The first half was marked by solid-to-excellent offense occasionally blunted by flat-out outstanding defense. So far, the second has been more of the same from the defenses ... paired with much worse offense.
LSU enjoyed the best drive of the period, moving from their 31 to Alabama's 34 behind a series of powerful Michael Ford runs. But in an illustration of how even minor mistakes can make a huge difference in a game like this, a false start put the Tigers behind the sticks and they eventually punted.
That was more than the Tide accomplished in their three drivers, which went: 1. three-and-out after great field position at own 47 2. three-and-out after great field position at LSU's 35 following Jarrett Lee interception 3. AJ McCarron interception to set LSU up in great field position. Woof.
That Lee pick meant that Alabama won the quarter anyway. But for the first time all game, the team that's actually playing better is the Tigers. Will they be able to keep it up for 15 more minutes?