LSU kept the game close in the first half but the Crimson Tide pulled away in the second half, winning 38 to 17, to keep their undefeated season and National Championship hopes alive. It is LSU’s third loss of their season and removes all hope for LSU to go to a BCS bowl game.
Turnovers played a huge role in the game early. The Tigers had two fumbles in the first quarter that prevented them from jumping on Alabama early. The Crimson Tide did not have a turnover in the entire game giving them a +2 turnover margin on the game.
Both quarterbacks played well in the game. Zach Mettenberger threw for 241 yards, a touchdown pass, and no interceptions. AJ McCarron only threw for 179 yards, but he was turnover free and had three touchdown passes.
The difference in the game was the running game. Alabama controlled the game in the second half with their dominant running attack. The Crimson Tide finished the game with 193 yards on the ground. T.J. Yeldon was named the player of the game. He had 133 yards and 2 two touchdowns on the night. Yeldon was a vital part of Alabama’s dominant second half.
The LSU running game was absolutely pathetic. It was the worst the running backs have played this season and it proved to be extremely costly. LSU finished the night with a completely unacceptable 43 yards rushing on 31 carries, just 1.4 yards a carry. LSU needed to play well in all aspects of the game if they wanted to have a chance.
LSU played a great first half but came out completely flat in the second half. The Tigers were outscored 21-3 in the final two quarters. Alabama took care of a big obstacle tonight on their path to a third straight BCS National Championship.