TUSCALOOSA, AL— No. 19 LSU put forth a valiant effort Saturday night, going on the road to face the nation's No. 1-ranked team for the fifth time in history and hanging with Alabama throughout in 24-10 defeat.
LSU (6-3, 3-2 SEC) outgained Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC), 306-299, including 155 yards passing and 151 yards rushing. The Tigers were 9-of-19 on third down and held an eight-minute advantage in time of possessions.
However, the Tide took advantage of a turnover in LSU territory, LSU's missed opportunity inside the Alabama 5-yard line, and a dropped 45-yard pass in the Tide redzone to earn the victory.
The Fighting Tigers defense came up huge, forcing the Tide into six three-and-out drives and coming up with four sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Linebacker Devin White led the way with nine tackles, while Arden Key had eight. Each earned a half-sack, with Corey Thompson and Christian LaCouture each getting another.
Offensively, LSU chipped away at an Alabama defense which ranks among the nation's best. Quarterback Danny Etling finished 12-for-26 passing for 137 yards, while Myles Brennan entered for the final drive and completed 3-of-5 passes for 18 yards. The Tide had six sacks, though LSU's offensive line that included two true freshmen held up admirably.
Seven Tigers caught passes, led by Guice's five for 29 yards and DJ Chark's three for 53 yards.
Highlighted by a 54-yard run to the Alabama 2, LSU's Darrel Williams ran seven times for 83 yards with a touchdown. Derrius Guice carried 19 times for 71 yards.
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts made the biggest impact against LSU's defense, passing for 183 yards on 11-of-24 passing with a touchdown while running 14 times for 44 yards and a score. Bo Scarbrough had only 39 yards on 11 carries and also scored from short yardage.
On Nov. 11, LSU returns to action when Arkansas visits Tiger Stadium in a rare morning kickoff. The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on ESPN.