Alabama Outlasts LSU 20-14

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9/25/21 MFB Alabama vs University of Southern Mississippi
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9)
Photo by University of Alabama

By WVUA Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver

Back in 2019, LSU came to Alabama and beat them 46-41 on their own turf in an instant classic. However, a lot has changed for both teams over the last two years.

In 2020, LSU had a mediocre 5-5 record, including a 55-17 blowout loss to Alabama on the Tigers home turf. Alabama went undefeated and won the College Football Playoff National Championship.

This season, LSU has been just as mediocre as last season as they currently have a 4-4 record. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will be fired at the end of the season due to a variety of on-and-off the field issues.

Alabama was 7-1 before kickoff, losing to Texas A&M a few weeks ago. As the current No. 2 ranked team in the College Football Playoff, every down would be important in this game as No. 3-8 each could take that playoff spot from them.

On Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide hosted the LSU Tigers in a revenge game. Even though the Tide dismantled LSU last year, they didn’t do it in Tuscaloosa.

The game between the two rivals kicked off a little after 7 p.m.

For both sides, this game was all about defense. LSU wouldn’t let Alabama pass the line scrimmage on run plays and Alabama wouldn’t let LSU get the ball in the air on pass plays.

LSU was the first and only team to strike in the first quarter as quarterback Max Johnson found receiver Brian Thomas Jr. for an 8-yard touchdown to go up 7-0.

In the second quarter, the Tide would roll back by scoring two touchdowns to go up 14-7 at halftime. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. had a 2-yard run and receiver John Metchie III had an 8-yard catch. The drive resulting in Metchie’s touchdown was started by an interception by Bama cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis.

The Tide started the half on the right foot as linebacker Henry To’oTo’o forced a fumble and defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis recovered.

The team dressed in Crimson would then score a long 58-yard touchdown by Jameson Williams that sent 100,000 fans in a frenzy. Kicker Will Reichard missed the extra point meaning that LSU only needed two touchdowns and two extra points to take the lead.

With 5:55 left in the third quarter, Max Johnson connected with receiver Jack Bech for an 8-yard touchdown with an extra point to make it 20-14. All they needed now was a stop and touchdown with an extra point to take the lead.

Zero points were scored the rest of the game as Bama and LSU each had punted and the Tide forced multiple fourth-down stops.

With 50 seconds left in regulation, Max Johnson and company made it down to the Tide’s 30-yard line.

With five seconds left, needing a touchdown and extra point to win, Johnson heaved up into the endzone but it was batted down as time expired.

Alabama outlasted LSU 20-14 in a game that they needed to score a lot more. Luckily other high-ranked teams like Michigan State lost on Saturday. Ohio State, Cincinnati and Oregon all won, but by relatively close margins.

Alabama superstar linebacker Will Anderson Jr. finished the game with 12 tackles (most by either team), four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

“Relentless effort, that’s all I can say,” Anderson said about how the rest of the defense played Saturday night.

Even though Alabama head coach Nick Saban was heated on the sideline throughout the game, he had some things to say about how the game played out.

“Sometimes we have an expectation that we’re going to win easy, but sometimes it’s not so easy,” Saban said.

It is unknown what the College Football Playoff rankings will look like on Tuesday, but regardless, Alabama needs to play better.

The Tide (8-1) will host New Mexico State (1-8) next Saturday at 11 a.m. on SEC Network.

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