Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake (17) carries the ball as LSU Tigers linebacker D.J. Welter (31) holds on to his leg during the third quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Report Card: LSU Defense Thrashed by Alabama in Final Three Quarters


The LSU defense played extremely well against Alabama, in the first quarter. On the Crimson Tide’s first two drives they were forced to punt. The Tigers held them to a field goal on their third drive despite Alabama starting deep in LSU territory. After those first three possessions, Alabama found the end-zone on the remainder of their drives, with the exception of letting the clock run out at the end of each half.

It was an extremely disappointing showing by the LSU defense that showed promise in the first quarter. In the final three quarters, Alabama had only seven offensive drives, due to the fact they were controlling the clock with their running game. They ran out the clock with a single play before halftime, and they took a knee to close the game. Alabama scored on all five of their legitimate drives in the final three frames.

T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake absolutely torched the LSU defense on the ground in the second half. The two running backs combined for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. What is absolutely humiliating for LSU, is that Alabama had more rushing yards after contact in the second half than LSU had total rushing yards in the entire game.

Lamin Barrow finished the game with 11 tackles, while Jalen Mills and D.J. Welter both had nine. Their high number of tackles did not get the job since Alabama players were picking up plenty of yards before the tackles were made.

It was a rough night for the LSU defense, but the have no time to pout about the loss. They need to get ready quickly. The Tigers’ will have a bye week to prepare, but their next game will be the toughest challenge for the defense this season. In two weeks, Tiger Stadium hosts Johnny Manziel and the high powered Texas A&M offense. The LSU defense will need to play much better than they did against Alabama if they want to even slightly slow down the Aggies.

Grade for LSU Defense: D-

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