LSU rally falls short to No. 2 Alabama; Tide holds on for 20-14 win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WAFB) - The LSU Tigers (4-5, 2-4 SEC) did everything they could to take down No. 2 Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 6.
The Tigers were down several players on the defensive side of the ball but were able to hold the Tide offense to just 308 yards of total offense, with only six yards coming on the ground.
Since 2016, LSU is 1-5 against Alabama with the lone win coming in 2019 when Joe Burrow and company came into Tuscaloosa to take down the Crimson Tide en route to an SEC Championship and the National Title.
Alabama got the ball first and went 43 yards on eight plays but missed a 49-yard field goal. LSU quickly got things going, using a fake punt to extend its first possession, as Avery Atkins threw a jump pass to Jack Mashburn for 26 yards.
After the fake punt conversion, the Tigers were able to capitalize with the first score of the game, as Max Johnson found Brian Thomas Jr. for his first career touchdown from eight yards out to give LSU a 7-0 lead.
Alabama finally found the end zone in the second quarter as Brian Robinson Jr. scored from two yards out to tie the game at 7-7. LSU looked to answer before the half but Johnson threw a costly interception to Jalyn Armour-Davis.
The Tide capitalized on the turnover and took its first lead of the game, as Bryce Young found John Metchie III from eight yards out to make it 14-7 at the half.
LSU looked to move the ball on its first possession of the second half but Ty-Davis Price was stripped and the Tide recovered.
Alabama once again took advantage of the Tiger turnover, as Young connected with Jameson Williams for a 58-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 20-7.
After punts from both teams, LSU put together a 14-play drive capped off with Johnson connecting with Jack Bech from eight yards out to cut the lead to 20-14. LSU converted two fourth downs on the drive with runs from Davis-Price.
The Tiger defense came up with a huge defensive stand. The LSU offense then marched 74 yards on 14 plays but failed to convert on fourth down in the red zone. LSU’s defense then forced a Young fumble and the Tigers were awarded another shot to take the lead but LSU once again failed to convert and gave the ball back to the Tide.
LSU had one last shot with less than a minute to go but the last-ditch effort fell short and the Tide escaped 20-14.
The Tigers will return home to take on Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13.
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