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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Alabama Beats LSU On Late Scoring Drive In Death Valley


                 T.J. Yeldon Scoring On What Would End Up Being The Game Winning TD

     In a span of 13 months, Alabama and LSU have faced each other three times with plenty at stake. The first was a low scoring game that only featured Field Goals, with LSU coming out on top 9-6. The two would meet again, this time for the National Championship. This time Alabama were the ones to come out on top and in the process become National Champions, winning by a score of 21-0. Today's game was more dramatic as Alabama entered a hostile "Death Valley" environment. The Tigers looked to redeem themselves from an embarassing National Title game performance and give Alabama its first loss of the season.

     LSU opened up the game with a long drive until they had to settle on punting the ball. Alabama however would quickly go 3&out, giving the ball right back to the Tigers. LSU would once again put together a lengthy drive and this time were able to come away with points as Drew Alleman connected on a 38 yd. FG to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. The score would remain that way after one quarter of play.

     LSU opened up the 2nd Quarter punting the ball. Giving the Crimson Tide possession starting deep in their own terrority at the 8yd. line. With a good combination of passing and running plays, Alabama was able to drive the ball down the field 92 yards, capping it off with a 7yd. TD run by Eddie Lacy, giving Alabama its first lead of the game, 7-3.

     On LSU's next two possessions, they failed to produce any points, with the first being a turnover on down after failing to convert on 4th down from Alabama's 29. The second missed opportunity came on a missed FG by Drew Alleman from 54 yds. After the missed Field Goal, this gave Alabama one more shot at another score before going into the half, which ended up being crucial for later on in the game. The Crimson Tide started at their own 37 taking only 57 seconds to score a TD on run of 9 yds. by Quarterback A.J. McCarron, giving Alabama a 14-3 heading into the half.

    The second half started with LSU receiving the ball, though nothing came out of the drive, the following possession was anchored by Jeremy Hill who had 21 yards on 7 carries and saw Hill score from 1yd. out. Cutting the lead back down to four. LSU now had momentum as they were able to score their first touchdown against Alabama in the three times they met in the span of 13 months.

     LSU held Alabama to a 3&out, and once again getting the ball back. LSU was led on another drive, this time by quarterback Zach Mettenberger throwing for 82 yards and finding Javris Landry on a 14 yd. hookup, giving LSU its first lead of the game since midway through the 1st quarter. LSU however, would fail to capitalize on late opportunities. On 4th&1 deep in Alabama's terrority, they could not convert and get the first down and turned the ball over on downs. Later on, kicker Drew Alleman once again missed a FG, this time from 45 yards out. The missed FG allowed for Alabama to only need a FG, as they could now send it into OT if they had. But the Crimson Tide wasn't playing for overtime, they wanted to win now and it only took five plays for Alabama to move the ball 72 yards downfield and score a TD. A.J. McCarron avoided a blitz by the LSU defense and was able to get the pass off and hook up with T.J. Yeldon and took the ball and scampered 28 yds into the endzone to give Alabama the lead with just 51 second remaining. LSU would get the ball back, but poor clock management and mental errors at the end, ended up being too much as Alabama came back to win and remain perfect on the season, improving their record to 9-0.

   Picture courtesy of:  Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE / November 3, 2012

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