BATON ROUGE, La. — It was a defensive battle for the ages, so it was fitting Alabama’s only touchdown made the difference.
No. 13 LSU came up just shy of upsetting top-seeded Alabama at home on Saturday night. Despite a scoreless tie through three quarters, Alabama flexed its offensive muscle in the fourth quarter to take its first lead of the game. The Tide held on to eventually earn a 10-0 road win.
This marked the first Tigers loss under interim coach Ed Orgeron’s direction. LSU is now 5-3.
With the win, the Tide move to 9-0.
Here’s what Orgeron had to say about the shutout loss after the game:
- Opening Statement: Obviously, disappointing. Execution wasn’t good enough. Effort was there. Thought our defense played awfully well except for two third downs when the quarterback run. We didn’t block very well. We didn’t complete passes. We had opportunities in the first half to get points and we didn’t. We missed a field goal and didn’t convert. We need to find a way to win that football game. No question about effort. It was about LSU tonight, nobody else, just execution.
- On passing plays: I think we had some guys open and we couldn’t get the ball to them. There was pressure and sometimes no pressure. There was pressure and not playing well in that spot.
- On O-Line: Obviously, we struggled to run the ball, to pass protect. We struggled. We just didn’t execute.
- Our guys were ready. Defensively, Dave Aranda had a tremendous plan, get a turnover to start. Going into a tough game with some confidence.
- On calls: I was upset, too. There were a couple of things that could’ve went either way.
- On K.J. Malone: No update.
- On QB play: Never came up (on Brandon Harris). We feel Danny (Etling) is our quarterback. It was not our discussion.
- On play call: There were some things they thought they could block well. We’ll go back and look at it. We’re very disappointed in everything. We’ll go back and look at what we did — plays, formation We got to get better.
- On the 9-minute Alabama scoring drive: They’re a good offense. Last time I looked, they were scoring 44 a game. We let their quarterback run on third down. He ran, we missed a couple of plays, could’ve been a holding call. Quarterback draw hurt us a little bit.
- On seniors: We have a good football team and three fantastic games left. Tell the truth Monday is good when you’re winning. Win, lose or draw, it’s on to Arkansas.
- On Alabama D-line: We didn’t execute tonight. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
- On Jalen Hurts’ mobility: He made some good plays.
- On play call: Listen, we weren’t going to play safe tonight. No plan that’s safe. Let’s run our offense, go get it and do the things we think we do best, and do it.
- On Etling: He didn’t play well. He knows it. It’s not one person. We win as a team, lose as a team.
- On being 3-1: You want to win the game, you want to execute. Everybody is feeling like we left a lot on the table tonight. These guys believed we could beat this team and I was right there with them. If we executed better tonight, I think the results would be different.
- On remaining schedule: We’re going to move on to Game 5, Tell the Truth Monday and go back to our regimen and get after Arkansas.