Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers fullback J.C. Copeland (44) fumbles at the goal line after being stripped of the ball by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Tana Patrick (11) in the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Report Card: LSU Running Game Absolutely Pathetic Against Alabama

LSU picked up their third loss of the season at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. It was a disappointing second half as Alabama outscored LSU 21-3. The biggest reason for the loss can be pinned on running game.

Alabama controlled the second half, predominantly on the ground, and it was the difference in the game. The Crimson Tide rushed for 193 yards, while the Tigers managed a mere 43 yards rushing.

Jeremy Hill has been sensational for LSU this season. The sophomore running back has 13 touchdowns and 964 rushing yards in only 8.5 games this season. His running game has been a vital part of the LSU offense. Alabama shut him down. He did have a three yard touchdown run to start the second quarter, but finished the game with just 42 yards rushing on thirteen carries. Hill had 47 receiving yards, five more yards than he had rushing.

Terrence Magee had 31 yards on nine carries. The fact that he led the Tigers in yards per carry with a disappointing 3.4 average is not encouraging.

J.C. Copeland is going to catch a lot of heat due to his costly fumble early in the game. LSU had a chance to take an early seven point lead, threatening on the Alabama goal line. Copeland took the handoff and thought he had an easy touchdown. He was carrying the ball loosely in his left arm, and right before he crossed into the end-zone, Tana Patrick slapped the ball out of his hands, and Landon Collins recovered the fumble for Alabama.

The running backs should be able to respond from their poor performance in their next game against Texas A&M. The Aggies have an incredible offense, but are not particularly known for playing defense.

LSU Running Backs’ Grade: F


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