We expected some wide receivers to make big plays tonight in game between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide and if there was one side who had the advantage prior to the game, many would say it was with Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. from LSU.
However after the first half in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama wide receivers and tight ends are winning the battle of the pass-catchers. Alabama tight end and true freshman, O.J. Howard had a huge 52-yard catch and run for a touchdown where Ronald Martin and Jalen Mills were beat–and beat bad.
Howard’s touchdown made it 10-7 and then on their ensuing drive AJ McCarron led Alabama on a 10-play touchdown drive that culminated in a nine-yard touchdown to Kevin Norwood.
That drive was eaasy pitch-and-catch for McCarron as he had little difficulty hitting Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Norwood on the 8-yard drive after an LSU punt. LSU has to get better in the secondary during the second half and play tighter coverage and we could/should see more of Corey Thompson in the second half.
LSU did respond to the back-t0-back scoring drives by Alabama on a 10-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a six-yard score from little-used Travin Dural to make it 17-14 with less than a minute before halftime.
LSU gets the ball to start the second half and now have momentum back.