Turnovers were a major factor in the first half. LSU had two costly fumbles but still only trail by a field goal.
LSU started strong after forcing Alabama to punt the ball. The Tiger’s drove down to the opposing 1 yard line. Fullback J.C Copeland took the handoff and appeared as if he would score, but right before he reached the end-zone Tana Patrick slapped the ball out of his hands and the ball was recovered by Landon Collins for the Crimson Tide.
On the Tiger’s next drive there was a miscommunication and the snap bounced off Zach Mettenberger’s leg and straight to Alabama on the LSU 30.
The Crimson Tide were not able to move the ball but their excellent starting field position enabled them to kick a 41 yard field goal to take the first lead of the game.
The ensuing kickoff was returned by Odell Beckham Jr. to the LSU 43. The kickoff return was the start to an excellent LSU drive that ended with a three yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill.
On Alabama’s next drive a pass interference call against Rashard Robinson on third and long kept the drive alive. The very next play McCarron connected with O.J. Howard for a 52 yard touchdown reception.
The Crimson Tide made it three consecutive scoring drives when Kevin Norwood came down with a nine yard touchdown catch to put Alabama up 17 to 7.
LSU finished the first half well with an excellent scoring drive. Mettenberger led the Tigers down the field completing three passes on third down including a six yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural on third and goal.
Alabama takes a 17-14 lead into halftime setting up a dramatic second half in Tuscaloosa.