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LSU beats Bama

Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:35 pm

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Whatever genius dubbed this the “Game of the Century” did not quite grasp the offensive side of football.

Kickers and quarterbacks were juggled. Punters became stars. The  best offensive players were defensive backs. Don’t you have to actually score the football to win the crystal football?

Does it matter? In the end, LSU won 9-6 in overtime. Drew Alleman kicked the 25-yard game-winning field goal after Alabama missed its fourth field goal of the game on its first possession of overtime. 

Is it worth playing the rest of the season? Well, yes based on Saturday’s result. There were plenty of flaws to find. Still, the win, it is assumed, catapults LSU into the national championship game. There is the small matter of four more games for LSU -- Western Kentucky, at Ole Miss and Arkansas before the SEC title game on Dec. 3.

Alabama’s kickers were not good enough (two for six). LSU’s quarterbacks weren’t so hot either. Jarrett Lee threw two interceptions, reverting to his “pick six” days three years ago. For a team that had only three turnovers going into the game, that was like kicking a cane out from under a senior citizen.

For those of you who hate soccer, we feel your pain. There was plenty of non-scoring. Game of the Century? It wasn’t even the game of the night. Not when Oklahoma State was fighting for its BCS life against Kansas State, in a game that surpassed 80 points.

The conference that has given us five consecutive national championships, let us down, huge, on Saturday night. It depends on your taste. Do you prefer four interceptions and three missed field goals (combined) or actual touchdowns?

Both Jarrett Lee and AJ McCarron were intercepted twice. A pick by each in the second half led to a fieThe kickers were both the stars and goats. Alabama’s “long” kicker Cade Foster missed field goal attempts of 44 and 50 yards in the game’s first 12 ½ minutes. “Short” kicker Jeremy Shelley had one blocked before making a 34-yarder.

LSU’s Drew Alleman tied it 3-3 on the last play of the first half. It’s getting to the point that it seems like Les Miles stages these confusing endings. After his team drove to the Alabama 2, Miles had to sprint to about the 10 to get the timeout called with two seconds remaining. That allowed Alleman to kick the game-tying 19-yard field goal.

You never heard so much noise for an “extra point” in your life.

Foster converted a Lee interception into a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter. Morris Claiborne’s interception at the end of the quarter allowed Alleman to it 6-6 on the second play of the fourth quarter.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:50 pm

LSU beats Bama

I like a good defensive battle frankly.  In that respect I was very pleased with the game.  As I don't particularly like Alabama (nor am I a huge LSU fan for that matter) I am also fairly pleased with the outcome.  If either OSU or Stanford's defense looked like they could do anything like that I might even give them a possible edge against either of these teams but I don't and I suspect that OSU is the only one who'd really stand a chance against either of these if it came down to it.  Yes, I could be wrong and I'm not above admitting when I'm proven wrong...  However, right now I believe BSU has a stronger defense than either of those teams.  And frankly I think OSU's overall offense is better even if Stanford's qb is better.

That said as I'm generally less than impressed by most articles from Dodds, I can't say I'm terribly shocked by this one being no different.  Way to not disappoint Dodds!

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:25 am

LSU beats Bama

And to Goober Glory...

The reason both of those offenses score so much was proven last night.  Their defenses are incredible!  Against any other team that I've seen in the ranks this year, those INTs by both teams would have turned into 6.  Instead, the defenses of both teams stepped up each and every time they were called upon to shut down the offense.

Funny to me how the offenses are labelled so quickly.  Both LSU and Alabama will be back to scoring stupid points against other teams next week because they will never face another defense as potent as they did last night. 

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:19 am

LSU beats Bama

The game will come back around.  Maybe these two teams are the frontrunners for that movement.  What I'm talking about is DEFENSE!!!  In a game where so many teams stack their offenses, hoping their defense can make one or two stops, this game was between two teams that are built completely opposite of that philosophy.  It was a great defensive battle!  It may not have been the great battle that the nation was expecting to see, but it was a war none-the-less. 

So much was made prior to this game about how Richardson will show up and prove why he's a Heisman hopeful.  All I saw was a so-called phenom RB get completely bottled up.  Sure he had some big runs, but none of those runs turned into 6.  And, in the 2nd half, he was completely shut down minus a 15-yard scamper in the 4th.  Also hyped was how much more dominate Alabama's defense was over LSU's.  Obviously that was not the case.  There is no longer an argument. It was disproven on the field of play for 60 minutes and some add on time in OT.  LSU is obviously better. 

I really hope LSU runs the table from here on out.  I know they will have a really tough game from Arkansas, but after watching this game, I don't see LSU being the underdog at any point for the rest of the year.  I just want to really see the offense of a team like Stanford, Boise St, or OK St have to contend with LSU's defense.  Now THAT will be a good game.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:56 am

LSU beats Bama

Lots of ignorance of the game football showing up on this board.


Football = offense plus defense


Defense wins championships. Take a look at the past several years.


Those high flying Ohio State, Oklahoma, etc. offenses


Losers against a superior defense.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:54 am

LSU beats Bama

Sky Hawk,

That inept offense rolled up 40 on the media darling Oregon when Oregon was ranked ahead of them.

You boys don't understand defense.

Defense is what the bookie uses teake your money when you best against LSU.

Go right ahead , son, put your money where your oversized mouth is.

Just Do it


Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:57 am

LSU beats Bama

It will never be considered a great game by a media biased cult that wanted Bama to win, but I wasn't fooled.  Today I saw a Great Game.   

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:47 am

LSU beats Bama

You mind showing me 2 teams that deserve to be ranked higher than them????????????????????

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:06 am

LSU beats Bama

First of all let me say this to the people who thought this was a bad game for either team. I know everyone wanted to see a 42-41 game but, this is the two best defenses in the nation. If you really watched the game and had any idea about football both defense had studied the others offense and knew exactly what was being done. As quick,fast and strong as these guys were tonight I don't think Boise ST. Stanford or anyone could have done much better . Mr Dodd writes for a living..... He doesnt' play or coach football. Like a lot of you posters on the game and leave the quasi-intelligent comments to yourself. The game was played well,both teams struggled to move the ball and LSU won because of special teams and a great defense.Laughing

Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:00 am

LSU beats Bama

Funny how those inept offenses score almost 40 a game against everyone else but each other.

Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:43 am

LSU beats Bama

Funny how those inept offenses roll up almost 40 a game on everyone they play but each other.

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