11/10/19 By Sofia Naumovski
After an eight-year draught, LSU was able to manage to sneak away with a key 46-41 win against Alabama. The Tigers last beat Alabama in a tight defensive match-up in 2011 by a series of field goals resulting in a final score of 9-6.
Saturday’s game was much different; due to Alabama’s string of errors, LSU capitalized on ‘Bama’s mistakes. By halftime, the Tigers were up 33-13 and managed to stay ahead, despite the efforts of QB Tua Tagovailoa, who just returned from nursing a sprained ankle.
Tagavailoa tallied a total of 418 passing yards and four touchdowns with a completion percentage of 52.5%, while Joe Burrow, LSU’s starting QB, recorded 393 total passing yards, with 3 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 79.4%.
LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron was quoted saying, “I told them [Monday], ‘You’re the better football team’. I have never told this team that, going into Alabama. This won’t be the last. We’re coming. We’re coming. This won’t be the last.”
Saturday’s “Game of the Year” lived up to it’s hype, with No. 2 LSU also snapping No. 3 Alabama’s 31-game home winning streak. Even though the Crimson Tide out-scored the Tigers in the second half of the game 28-13, the Tigers were able to keep their undefeated status and will be one step closer to the SEC Championship game.
As for Alabama, even though suffering their only loss of the season, they hold almost no chance of winning the SEC as they would need to not only win their upcoming games from here on out, but the circumstances also require of the Tigers to lose two of their final three games of the season.
LSU (9-0) will face Mississippi and Alabama (8-1) will face Mississippi State next Saturday, 11/16.