not. 3 lsu defeated no. 2 Alabama 46-41 in a wild matchup Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. Crimson Tide’s perfect season is over, along with an eight-game win streak over LSU and a 31-game win streak at home.
Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns. One of those touchdown passes went to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns of his own.
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From the beginning, it looked like lsu could take the game. the tigers took a 10-0 lead and were up 33-13 at the end of the first half. but alabama worked its way back.
tidal quarterback tua tagovailoa led back-to-back touchdown drives of 70-plus yards to bring his team within six early in the fourth quarter. Alabama’s defense, which shut out LSU in the third quarter, was unable to continue its dominance in the fourth.
The two teams traded touchdowns for the last four possessions. Tagovailoa’s 85-yard shot to Devonta Smith brought Tide within five, 46-41, with 1:21 remaining in the game. However, Alabama was unable to recover the onside kick attempt and the Tigers ran out of time in four plays.
With the win, lsu took sole possession of first place in the second west at 5-0. Alabama is a game behind at 5-1.
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lsu 46, al 41 | last
alabama fails to recover the onside kick attempt and the tigers can run out the clock. lsu snaps an eight-fight losing streak to the crimson tide with the win. it’s also Crimson Tide’s first home loss since 2015.
lsu 46, al 41 | 1:21 4q
what a launch from tagovailoa! connects with devonta smith for an 85-yard touchdown reception and it’s a one-possession game again.
This game is crazy! pic.twitter.com/67cl9q8944
lsu 39, alabama 34 | 5:32 4q
after completing two fourth down conversions in the red zone, tua tagovailoa hits jerry jeudy on a 5-yard slant throw for a touchdown. the crimson tide chooses to kick the extra point and make it.
lsu 39, alabama 27 | 9:15 4q
The Tigers respond with a 5-yard touchdown run from Clyde Edwards-Helarie. he backed away from a defender and cut to the left to make it to the end zone unscathed. lsu opted for the two point conversion but failed.
what a response from @lsufootball! edwards-helaire hits the spin button and walks into the end zone intact to silence the alabama crowd. pic.twitter.com/oktmoejhl3
lsu 33, al 27 | 14:33 4q
after a fourth down conversion, the tide hit him in the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown run to najee harris. That’s 14 points for Alabama in just over five minutes of play. Harris’s touchdown completed a nine-play, 78-yard drive for the home team.
lsu 33, al 20 | 0:00 3q
We’ve played 45 minutes here in tuscaloosa, and the crimson tide is knocking at the door. it will be fourth and one for alabama from the lsu 13-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
lsu 33, al 20 | 4:51 3q
tua tagovailoa finds najee harris for a 15-yard touchdown reception, capping a 95-yard drive for the crimson tide. Now let’s see if Alabama’s defense can continue to hold off Joe Burrows and the Tigers in the second half. the tide has forced lsu to clear on his two drives in the third quarter.
najee harris can do it all for @alabamaftbl touchdown tide! pic.twitter.com/vouhq6wjqp
lsu 33, alabama 13 | half
joe burrow has been almost perfect and two quick touchdowns late in the half gave lsu a boost. The Tigers are averaging nearly eight yards per play and a lead of 20 in Tuscaloosa. take a look at some notable stats from the first half.
- yards: lsu 309, alabama 196
- turnovers: lsu 0, alabama 2
- penalties: lsu 1-5, alabama 4-28
- yards/game: lsu 7.9, al 6.3
- qbs: burrow (lsu) 18-for-20, 252 yards, 3 TD; tagovailoa (alabama) 11 of 20, 172 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 a (1int, 1 fum)
lsu 33, alabama 13 | 00:06 2q
what about the tigers! Tagovailoa is intercepted by Patrick Queen who carried the ball down the Alabama 26-yard line before a penalty brought LSU closer to the end zone and Burrow finds Edwards-Helaire for a 13-yard touchdown. and so lsu wins by 20 at bryant-denny stadium.
lsu 26, alabama 13 | 00:26 2q
Take flight, clyde edwards-helaire! After being held back for most of the first half, the Baton Rouge native jumped over a goal-line scrum to silence Tuscaloosa and score a touchdown in the final minute of the first half.
edwards-helaire’s score was established by this spectacular catch by thaddeus moss.
thaddeus moss made randy proud with this catch, what a catch! pic.twitter.com/evf42eypna
lsu 19, alabama 13 | 4:20 2q
burrow opens the drive with a 35-yard seam route to ja’marr chase and finds it a few plays later for 14 more. The Tigers couldn’t get much further down the road before York made his second field goal of the afternoon, this time from 45 yards.
lsu 16, alabama 13 | 6:43 2q
devonta smith walked over derek stingley and tagovailoa calmly hit him for a 64-yard touchdown. alabama travels 90 yards in 80 seconds to bring the tide closer to three. second big play touchdown for alabama after kickoff return.
lsu 16, alabama 7 | 9:48 2q
after tagovailoa’s run on third down failed to lead to a score near midfield, alabama kept their offense on the field for fourth down. but slade bolden marked a few links in the chain short of a conversion. great stop for the lsu defense with the tide trying to gain some momentum.
lsu 16, alabama 7 | 13:03 2q
two hedge busts by alabama and burrow finds a wide open deck marshall jr. for a 29-yard touchdown. york point after is blocked. The burrow-marshall connection was the Tigers’ third double-digit yardage completion on the drive, with most of the damage occurring on all three after the sack.
lsu 10, alabama 7 | 1:14 1q
anfernee jennings brings the pressure and the tide is starting to turn in the tigers backfield. lsu goes three and out for the first time today and jaylen waddle makes them pay. The sophomore hosts a 77-yard punt and Alabama is back in this game.
lsu 10, alabama 0 | 4:54 1q
cade york kicks a 40-yard field goal and alabama breathes a sigh of relief after a big defensive push to keep lsu out of the end zone on a possession that started on alabama 40.
Uncharacteristic tidal errors created a short field. First, Ty Perine mishandled a punt for a 19-yard loss. Then, defensive back Trevon Diggs appeared to get the ball back for Alabama, but Burrow’s interception was wiped out for an illegal substitution.
lsu 7, alabama 0 | 9:15 1q
dunk to chase for 33 yards, touchdown @lsufootball! tigers attack first. pic.twitter.com/lmqcouycqd
Tigers draw first blood. Burrow didn’t seem intimidated by the Alabama defense on that drive, marching 92 yards in less than three minutes, capping a six-play drive with a 33-yard dart to chase down Ja’Marr.
lsu 0, alabama 0 | 12:01 1q
alabama wastes no time getting into the red zone with plays of 31, 20 and nine yards. but the crimson tide went away empty-handed. After a miscommunication at the line of scrimmage that forced Nick Saban to burn a timeout, Tua Tagovailoa fumbles at LSU 6 and Ray Thornton jumps him for the Tigers.
before the game: 3:25 p.m. m.
historically, alabama holds a 53-25-5 advantage over lsu all-time. but this time, both teams’ offenses bear a marginal resemblance to the past 124-year rivalry. The Tigers and Crimson Tide each average more than 500 yards of offense and 40 points per game. The Tide is 82-7 at home under Nick Saban, but the Tigers have three top-10 wins and are looking to deviate from their past and beat Alabama for the first time since 2011.
lsu vs. alabama: time, tv channel
crimson tide and tigers kick off from bryant-denny stadium at 3:30 p.m. m. et on Saturday, Nov. 9. you can watch the game on cbs.
lsu vs. al: preview
ed orgeron’s signing at lsu has been an era marked by prosperity in baton rouge, leading the tigers to three straight six new year bowl games and a 2018 finish that was the highest final ranking of the program since 2011.
The 2011 season is notable as the Tigers spent the final nine weeks of the regular season at no. 1 in the polls. It’s also the last time LSU beat Alabama. the tigers won that battle, a 9-6 overtime decision via a defensive deadlock. but he not. 2 crimson tide won the war, a 21-0 victory over lsu in a rematch at the 2012 bcs national championship, and every meeting since.
ap survey no. 1 vs. no. 2 in attendance on ESPN’s “College Game Day.” there’s a familiar bill, but these teams bear a marginal resemblance to the squads that took to the field eight years ago. Prior to the start of the 2009 season, Alabama (232) and LSU (287) ranked first and second in touchdowns allowed. Since that and the game in early November 2011, Les Miles—Orgeron’s predecessor—now trains on the opposite side of the Mississippi River and both teams have adopted new identities, gaining recognition for high-octane offense rather than defense. suffocating.
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In other words, get ready for some potential fireworks. yes, this is a soccer game of seconds and no, that’s not a typo.
lsu averages a hair under 536 yards per game, while alabama has managed just over 506. on any given night, either team is well equipped for a scoring start. in 16 total games, only once has either team failed to score at least 35 points. contagious offensive success can be largely attributed to smart quarterback play by joe burrow and tua tagovailoa, plus a plethora of playmakers on both sides.
burrow and tagovailoa combined for 57 touchdowns against just six interceptions. Roles previously designated as game managers at LSU and Alabama have evolved into leadership positions, integral catalysts for their respective teams. It also doesn’t hurt to have versatility or explosive athleticism on that side of the ball.
lsu’s justin jefferson and alabama’s devonta smith lead the deep receiving corps, leading their respective teams in yards and touchdowns. what really stands out is that they are two of the eight receivers among the teams averaging at least 10 receiving yards (min. 20 receptions). it’s the ability to generate missed tackles and speed up drives that makes these offenses so dangerous.
lsu vs. alabama: how they compare statistically
2805 yards (30 tds, 4 int)
2166 yards (27 tds, 2 int)
683 yards (5.9 average) 8 tds
642 yards (5.9 average) 5 tds
819 yards, 9 touchdowns
721 yards, 9 touchdowns
22 tackles, 4 inside, 9 pbu
48 tackles, 7.5 sfl, 4 sacks
Amid the hype and attention on this game and all it has to offer, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that this could be the first of two meetings between LSU and Alabama. While both reside in the SEC West division and were unable to meet in a conference championship game, a rematch in the college football playoff is not out of the question. In CFP’s starting top 25, LSU is No. 2 while Alabama is third.
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lsu vs. alabama: prediction
So, who has an advantage on Saturday? both teams have an advantage over the other.
Alabama’s closest game of the season was a 19-point win over Texas A&M. lsu has his fair share of games and losses with a few closer calls on his resume. the difference lies in who the tigers have played, or should we say, who they have won. lsu has eliminated three of the top 10 teams in 2019 by a combined 24 points.
The Crimson Tide may not have experienced such a daunting schedule this season, but no team plays better at home than Alabama. their last home loss was Sept. 2015, a streak of 31 straight wins at Bryant-Denny Stadium and 48 of 49 games. Alabama’s home winning percentage of .833 since Bryant-Denny opened in 1929 is currently the best among all FBS teams. the tide is a staggering 82-7 at home with nick saban.
LSU vs. Alabama: Score, all-time games
alabama leads the all-time series with lsu 53-25-5. Below are all head-to-head results since 1895.