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.