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FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:51 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen



LSU
had 60 fewer yards. Their quarterbacks combined to go 9-of-17 for 5 yards an attempt, no scores, and two picks on the road. (Hell, they completed only one meaningful pass all game.) They committed six penalties, several of the backbreaking variety. They never scored a touchdown. They never led in regulation.

But they won, because their coach is Les Miles, easily the best coach in the nation in close games. They won because they never let their opponent into the end zone, either. They won because their special teams were an ever larger advantage than the most fervent Tiger fan could have dreamed of. LSU and their coach are who we thought they were.

Alabama, though, is not. Nick Saban's teams are viewed as a model of discipline and in nearly every case, they are. But there's little that could have been less disciplined about the Tide's overtime possession. First down: Trent Richardson drops a screen pass. Second: a 12-men-in-the-huddle penalty. Then another incompletion to Richardson. (The Tide's lack of a go-to receiver once Maze tweaked an ankle, by the way, was obvious.) Third down was the backbreaker: McCarron meekly takes a sack, driving the Tide entirely out of poor Cade Foster's field goal range.

Alabama didn't lose this game becuase of their kickers; very few teams have players who can hit 49, 50, or 53 yarders. They lost because they couldn't make those kickers irrelevant with just one touchdown against the defense that gave up large numbers of yards and points (by their standards) to West Virginia and Oregon, even with the best field position they could ask for.

LSU won the game. But Alabama's wayward offense lost it, too. 
Category: NCAAF
Tags: LSU-Alabama
 
Comments

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:58 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

QB play was atrocious on both sides. Was it the defenses? Maybe some, not all. The two picks the LSU QB threw were just bad, bad decisions. I do like seeing saban lose though. It's pretty entertaining. He's a screamer and I despise those kinds of coaches.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:57 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

"USC is the one team that is NEVER overmatched atheletically vs anybody."

They were overmatched by Stanford. Stanford.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:56 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

"Where was the stellar defense then against the terrible west coast team?"

Probably not too worried since their offense put them game out of reach against a defense that didn't belong in the game.



Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:52 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

We will never know because the SEC never leaves their home field to play anyone. When did Alabama do that this year? At least LSU played another top notch program at home. One time.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:52 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

I can't believe some of the crap I'm reading. It was a great game between two evenly matched teams. As pointed out on many threads special teams truly made the difference. The punting of Brad Wing was exceptional, except for the one shank. The blocked kick by LSU, the accuracy of the LSU kicker, and the ineffectiveness of Alabama's kicking game, that's your game line. Great defenses can make even the best QB's look bad. Les Miles is one of the most underrated coaches, and he clearly outcoached the genius Saban. I'm proud of my LSU Tigers, and the Tide players have nothing to hang their heads about. A truly great game.



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:52 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

That was not a pick. The refd GAVE LSU this Game!



Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:47 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Thanks for making my point. Oregon scored quite a few as I remember. Where was the stellar defense then against the terrible west coast team? Defense decent, offense brutal! Quit kidding yourself and don't make me laugh with the NFL caliber comments.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:46 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

"On a completely different note, did anyone else think the penalty on Mathieu should have been called a personal foul or does anyone think the SEC might review the play?" I thought it would be a personal foul but regardless it was a 15 yard penalty. I am an LSU fan and I like the way Tyrann plays but not in this case. His dummy move cost them decent field position and may have prevented them from scoring. He does a lot of mouth running and he and the Alabama player had been jawing with each other all night. There was no excuse for his actions.  



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:43 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

I don't know if USC shakes in their boots for anybody.  USC is the one team that is NEVER overmatched atheletically vs anybody. 



Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:41 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Last five because of cheating and relying on a flawed system. Leave your home state more than 3 times a year to play a game. Another reason for a playoff. The SEC would be forced to do these things and then teams like South Carolina and Arkansas wouldn't be in the top ten.


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