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November 10, 2013

Rewind: Alabama 38, LSU 17

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA. - AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and T.J. Yeldon ran for two touchdowns as Alabama pulled away in the second half for a 38-17 victory against LSU on Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Score: Cade Foster 41-yard field goal. Alabama 3, LSU 0

Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards
Time of Possession: 1:02
Time Remaining: 3:54, first quarter
Key Play: Trey DePriest recovered an errant shotgun snap at LSU's 27.

Score: Jeremy Hill 3-yard run. Colby Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 7, Alabama 3
Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards
Time of Possession: 3:58
Time Remaining: 14:56, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-eight, Zach Mettenberger completed a 15-yard pass to Jarvis Landry for a first down at Alabama's 16.

Score: O.J. Howard 52-yard pass from McCarron. Foster PAT. Alabama 10, LSU 7
Drive: 4 plays, 78 yards
Time of Possession: 2:21
Time Remaining: 12:35, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-eight, Rashard Robinson was called for pass interference against Amari Cooper to give Alabama a first down at its 48.

Score: Kevin Norwood 9-yard pass from McCarron. Foster PAT. Alabama 17, LSU 7
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards
Time of Possession: 5:18
Time Remaining: 5:17, second quarter
Key Play: On second-and-nine, McCarron completed a 21-yard pass to Cooper for a first down at LSU's 18.

Score: Travin Dural 6-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. Alabama 17, LSU 14
Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 4:34
Time Remaining: :43, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-six, Mettenberger completed a 15-yard pass to Landry for a first down at Alabama's 8.

Score: Delahoussaye 41-yard field goal. LSU 17, Alabama 17
Drive: 6 plays, 50 yards
Time of Possession: 2:59
Time Remaining: 12:01, third quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Hill ran for five yards and Ed Stinson was penalized for grabbing the face mask to give LSU a first down at Alabama's 32.

Score: T.J. Yeldon 4-yard run. Foster PAT. Alabama 24, LSU 17
Drive: 14 plays, 79 yards
Time of Possession: 7:50
Time Remaining: 4:11, third quarter
Key Play: On second-and-ten, Yeldon ran for 22 yards and a first down at LSU's 12.

Score: Yeldon 1-yard run. Foster PAT. Alabama 31, LSU 17
Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards
Time of Possession: 4:44
Time Remaining: 10:31, fourth quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, McCarron completed a 13-yard pass to Yeldon for a first down at LSU's 14.

Score: Jalston Fowler 3-yard pass from McCarron. Foster PAT. Alabama 38, LSU 17
Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards
Time of Possession: 5:00
Time Remaining: 4:10, fourth quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Yeldon ran for 14 yards and a first down at LSU's 6.

LSU had bounced back from a ten-point second-quarter deficit to tie the score at 17-17 on its first series after halftime. The Tigers forced Alabama into an apparent punting situation at fourth-and-two from its 41 yard-line. Following a timeout, the Crimson Tide called a fake punt with C.J. Mosley taking the snap and handing the ball to Jarrick Williams, who ran for six yards. Eight plays later, Yeldon ran for the go-ahead touchdown. Alabama would score touchdowns on its next two possessions, while LSU did not score another point.

Mettenberger, who took a physical pounding in the second half, ended up completing 16 of 23 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown. Landry was the only other offensive standout for the Tigers with five catches for 90 yards, including a 45-yard reception.

Linebackers Lamin Barrow and D.J. Welter contributed 11 and nine tackles, respectively. Barrow and Welter combined for one tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Cornerback Jalen Mills, who had a rough night in pass coverage, also made nine tackles. Safety Corey Thompson made tackles, while tackle Ego Ferguson had seven stops. End Jermauria Rasco had LSU's only sack of McCarron.

The Tigers wasted two great scoring opportunities. On LSU's first offensive series, it drove 83 yards to Alabama's 3. On second-and-goal, fullback J.C. Copeland took the handoff from Mettenberger and had an open path into the end zone. However, Tana Patrick stripped the ball from Copeland at the Crimson Tide's 1 and Landon Collins recovered. In the fourth quarter with the Tigers trailing by 14 points, Odell Beckham had an 82-yard kickoff return to Alabama's 18. Hill lost three yards on first down. Mettenberger's next three passes were all incompletions.

There was no bigger error than Copeland's fumble early in the game which prevented LSU from taking an early lead. The Tigers' next series ended when Mettenberger wasn't ready for a shotgun snap from Elliott Porter. The ball went off Mettenberger's leg and Trey DePriest recovered at LSU's 27. Alabama was able to get a field goal off that turnover. A secondary bust allowed tight end O.J. Howard to turn a medium-distance pass into a 52-yard touchdown which wiped out a 7-3 Tigers advantage early in the second quarter. Then, LSU was unable to stop a fake punt on a fourth-and-two from the Crimson Tide's 41 early in the third quarter. After that successful fake, Alabama scored 21 consecutive points.

Alabama's two tailbacks - Yeldon and Kenyan Drake - combined for 198 yards on 35 carries. Meanwhile, LSU's tailbacks picked up just 74 yards on 23 carries. Mettenberger was sacked four times, while McCarron was sacked just once. LSU lost 32 yards on Metteneberger's four sacks. The Tigers had two turnovers, while Alabama had none. The Crimson Tide had the ball for almost 34 minutes. In the second half, Alabama had the ball for 19 minutes out of 30. Both teams were successful on third down. LSU converted seven of 12, while the Tide converted five of ten.

Craig Loston was back in the starting lineup at safety and made five tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage. . .Beckham, who caught three passes, now has a reception in 24 consecutive games. Beckham had 174 kickoff return yards to bring his season total to 790 - the second highest total in school history. Patrick Peterson has the record with 932 yards in 2010. . .Hill's touchdown run was the 25th of his career. He moved ahead of Billy Cannon into tenth place on LSU's rankings. . .Mettenberger became the first Tigers quarterback to throw for at least 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons. He also became the fifth LSU quarterback to have at least 20 touchdown passes in a season. The other quarterbacks are Matt Flynn (2007), JaMarcus Russell (2006), Matt Mauck (2003) and Tommy Hodson (1999). . .Travin Dural's touchdown catch was the first of his career. . .The margin of defeat was the largest for the Tigers in a regular season game in five years. Florida defeated LSU 51-21 in 2008. LSU was beaten by the same 21-point margin by Alabama in the 2011 national championship game. . . Alabama is 9-0, 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU is 7-3, 3-3 in the SEC. The three defeats are the most for the Tigers in the SEC in four years. . .The paid attendance was 101,821.

Les Miles:
"I'm really not prepared for this. There were two quality teams and the Alabama team separated themselves from us tonight. You can't turn the ball over. We overcame that and get to a tie. We then get them to fourth down. They fake a punt and keep the ball for the remainder of the time and score seven. We turn the ball back to them and they score seven again. The quality defense played by Alabama and the way they ran the football decided the game."

LSU will have its second open date of the season next week. The Tigers will play host to Texas A&M in two weeks. The Aggies (8-2, 4-2), who defeated Mississippi State 51-41 on Saturday afternoon, also have an open date next week.



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