Alabama’s offense did enough to pass the test, but that’s about it.
For about 50 minutes or so, LSU’s defense seemed to have an answer for everything Alabama tried. LSU held Alabama 30 points under its season average.
That’s until things clicked when Alabama gained 90 of its 323 yards offense on one drive.
The drive started with 4:05 left in the third quarter and continued into the fourth quarter.
Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts led Alabama on a 12-play, 90-yard drive capped by his 21-yard touchdown run. The score gave Alabama a 7-0 lead. The Crimson Tide added three more points for good measure on its next drive after Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted a pass from LSU quarterback Danny Etling.
Alabama’s defense didn’t score a touchdown, but the Crimson Tide didn’t need one because it held LSU scoreless.
Alabama’s run defense stifled LSU’s offense all night. The Tigers managed just 125 yards (33 rushing, 92 passing) of total offense.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 35 yards on 17 carries. Fournette averaged 2.1 yards per carry with a long run of 9 yards.
Etling threw for 92 yards and an interception. He was sacked 5 times on the night.
It was as dominant a defensive performance as Alabama has had all season.
Special teams: A
Most of the credit here goes to Alabama punter JK Scott for flipping the field, and not putting the Tide’s defense in many bad positions.
Scott punted five times for an average of 51.6 yards per kick. He landed two of his punts inside the 20-yard line.
Alabama kicker Adam Griffith missed a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter. But he came through when Alabama needed him the most.
Griffith connected on a 25-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Alabama’s special teams also blocked LSU’s field-goal attempt in the first quarter. That was a huge play in the game.
Defensively, Alabama’s coaching staff had a great plan. The Crimson Tide held LSU to 2.5 yards per play and 6 first downs all game.
Offensively, things looked a little more out of whack. Whether that’s on the coaching staff or the players is up for debate.
A lot of people wondered how Alabama would respond if the Crimson Tide were ever in a close game.
They showed that on Saturday by winning an ugly matchup.
At 9-0 overall, Alabama is in great position to run the table this regular season.
The last test is at home against Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 26.