The stage was set on Saturday for what was about to be a defining moment for either No. 6 Alabama or No. 10 LSU. Both teams had one loss entering their matchup in college football action and a second would more than likely put them out of the national championship picture.
How crazy would this one turn out once again for the Tigers. Head coach Les Miles once again gambled on a crucial fourth-and-one play and it paid off as DeAngelo Peterson went 23 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown as LSU pulled out a 24-21 upset winner over the Crimson Tide. But according to Miles, it really wasn’t a gamble.
“We practice these things. It’s not a grab bag,” said Miles, who called a timeout before running the play. “This play looked to be there and it was prepared extremely well by our team and it would have been a mistake not to call it.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening quarter on a 45-yard field goal by Josh Jasper. Trent Richardson would then give Alabama the lead early in the second as he hauled in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Greg McElroy to give the Crimson Tide a 7-3 lead going into halftime.
LSU needed to come back twice in the second half to pull out the victory. The Tigers would regain the lead as Rueben Randle caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Jefferson. But Alabama would take back over the lead as Mark Ingram scored from 5 yards out to give the Crimson Tide a 14-10 lead.
Jasper then connected on his second field goal of the game early in the final quarter to bring LSU within 1. The Tigers would then once again re-take the lead as Steven Ridley pounced in from 1-yard out and a converted a two-point attempt that gave LSU the lead for good. Another field goal by Jasper would turn out to be the difference as Alabama could only manage one more touchdown and could not pull off the win.
LSU still remains in the hunt in the SEC West but will need a lot of help along the way. They need Auburn to lose to Georgia next week and again against Alabama to make it to the championship game. As for Alabama, the loss likely knocks them out of the natioal championship race as well as the SEC West race. They would need LSU to lose twice and Auburn to beat Georgia just to have a shot.
The Crimson Tide normally stout defense fell apart against LSU and allowed the Tigers to get 433 total yards. They also committed two turnovers as well.
LSU will nost Louisiana-Monroe next Saturday and Alabama will host Mississippi State.