A hard fought game saw the Crimson Tide triumph on Saturday against the LSU Tigers.
LSU looked like it was going to be the first team to score in the game. A forceful drive on their first possession pushed through to the Alabama 3-yard line. Right as LSU's J.C. Copeland was rushing towards the endzone, Alabama's Tana Patrick knocked the ball out of his hands. The fumble was recovered by Landon Collins at the 5-yard line.
The actual first score went to Alabama with a field goal. A second LSU fumble, recovered by Alabama's Trey DePriest, gave the Tide offense good field position at the LSU 27. The offense was only able to move the ball 4 yards forward before calling in Cade Foster for the field goal attempt. Foster's 41-yard attempt was good.
In the following possession, the Tigers made their way into the endzone with the first touchdown of the night. The 8-play drive covered 57 yards and was ended with a 3-yard Jeremy Hill rush. Colby Delahoussaye's extra point was good.
The Tide had a touchdown of their own to make and they were able to make it in 4 plays. The drive started with a 16 yard Kenyan Drake rush and ended with A.J. McCarron landing a pass into the arms of O.J. Howard for 52 yards and the TD. Cade Foster's kick set the score at 10-7.
After holding off the LSU offense, Alabama scored their second touchdown in the game. The steady drive covered 80 yards in 10 plays. Kevin Norwood made the touchdown after grabbing a McCarron pass 9 yards down the field.
The Tigers were able to close up the gap a little bit before going to the locker room. A series of Mettenberger passes continuously moved the team down the field. Kadron Boone got the big play of the drive by carrying a pass 28 yards. Travin Dural made the TD with a 6-yard rush into the endzone.
After halftime, LSU found a chance to tie the game up. The offense covered 50 yards in 6 plays, but the Alabama defense held them at the Alabama 24. Delahoussaye was called in to make the 41-yard field goal, putting the score for both teams at 17.
Alabama followed the LSU field goal with a long 14-play drive into the endzone. The highlight of the drive was a 22-yard rush by T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon would later cap off the drive with a 4-yard rush across the goal line. Cade Foster's kick was good.
Going into the 4th quarter, Alabama extended the challenge facing LSU to a two-touchdown lead. The 10-play drive covered covered 71 yards. T.J. Yeldon served as the workhorse of the drive by carrying the ball in 7 of the 10 plays, including a 1-yard rush for the score. Foster's kick was good.
The kickoff proved to be very tense for Alabama fans. Tiger Odell Beckham returned the ball for 82 yards and was just barely brought down by the Alabama kicking team. Amazingly, the Bama defense was ready and able to hold the Tiger offense and force them to down on 4th.
The Tide took their chance to run out the clock while adding to their score on the next possession. The 8-play drive covered 78 yards and ended with Jalston Fowler rushing 3 yards into the endzone. A personal foul and a facemask helped move the Tide down the field for 30 yards during the drive. Foster's extra point set the score at 38-17, the final score of the game.
Next week, Alabama hits the road to take on Mississippi State. Kickoff time has not been announced.
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