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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: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:40 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

As "terrible" as these QBs and offenses are.... they would put up no less than 30 on any Big12/ PAC22 defense.



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:40 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Wow first time I've ever seen the kickers win the game for their team.  Wing and Alleman were unbelievable and as clutch as I've ever seen including NFL kickers.



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:37 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

^^^^!



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:36 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

You know nothing about football. Although, I'll admit that the game was played by 3 mediocre quarterbacks; it was also played by 2 NFL caliber defenses. Go back to watching your west-cost, spread option, basketball games on grass.

Remember what LSU did to Oregon before you dismiss good defense.



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:26 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Without the SEC there would be no competition in the College Football world.  Everything having to do with the BCS has involved SEC get over the fact that divisions like th Pac-12 and Big East and Big 12 can't compete with us.  We make USC shake in their boots.  Watch out Stanford here comes the SEC!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:25 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

I think Saban got royally outcoached by Les Miles.  First of all, the playcalling by Alabama was horrendous.  McCarron is there to manage a game with what he has at his disposal, not win it.  The out pass that he threw for the interception was terrible - no velocity and on a high arc is easy pickings against LSU.  They were too often in 2nd and longs against that defense because of bad decisions or penalties on 1st down.

Secondly, with great field position after a Richardson run, you take him OFF THE FIELD, go into a wildcat formation and then have gimpy throw a pass that gets picked.  Why don't you just continue with your All-American tailback?    Then he puts Maze out there to return a critical punt.  He can't move backwards and allows the ball to go from the 40 to the 18. 

Then with 2 timeouts left at the end of the game, you just give up and don't even give your kids a chance to make a play.  You could've had 1:25ish or so to work with, instead you let 40 seconds run off.

Then in OT you don't even try running the ball, once again asking your poor excuse for a QB to throw the ball 3 times.  On top of it all, he takes a sack, which leads us too...

The kicking!  How do coach at Alabama and have such a horrendous stable of kickers.  2-6?  Seriously?  How are you going to win a championship with a kicker who kicks balls like Shaq shot free throws?

The Alabama coaching staff is to blame I think the most for this loss.  They outplayed LSU and had golden opportunities to capitalize on but didn't because of a various assortment of things.  Playcalling and time management were terrible.  Special teams was atrocious to say the least.  Two weeks to set this thing up and that is what you came out with?

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? 



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:24 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Your bringing down the ratings you must be an SEC hater :-p



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:24 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Anyone kind enoug hto recall the last 5 national chamions for me real fast? I cant remember...


Horrible teams in our conference? Going into today we had 4 in the top ten. The big 12 trades 500 yards in offense against one another and you say we dont play good football? I can only hope that Okie Light beats Oklahoma so we get to see how the Big 12 matches up against a team that plays defense. Otherwise we will be force fed Andrew Luck for a solid month waiting for that game. He is great but i honestly do not want to hear it...  



Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:15 am
 

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

Against who? The horrible teams in their division and each other? Just the facts!



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

FULLTIME: LSU 9, Alabama 6

A completed pass to the right team, and a touchdown or two make a pretty decent game too. Call a spade a spade. It was bad.


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