Man in the Stands

The Tide rolled away with a comeback win

With the help of a defensive blunder by LSU and a strongly lead drive from A.J. McCarron, the Alabama Crimson Tide came back to beat, SEC West rival, LSU and retain the lead in the division.

For most of the night, it looked like the number one team in the land was going to suffer its first loss of the season, and fall from the top spot, at the hands of the Bayou Bengals. Call it fate. Call it destiny. Call it whatever you want, but, at the end of the day, the Alabama Quarterback was able to focus his team and direct them down the field.

McCarron showed up when it mattered, tossing a 28-yard touchdown pass to freshman T.J. Yeldon, who scored with 51 seconds left on the clock.

The game winning strike proved to be McCarron’s only passing touchdown of the game. The junior’s final drive (4-5, 72 yards) has many people on Twitter crying for a Heisman.

But he only completed 14-of-27 passes. For 165 yards. Does that really scream Heisman to anybody? Really? I don’t think so.

Let’s be honest here, I think LSU beat themselves anyway. Seven penalties for 51 yards compared to Alabama’s one for 15 yards and senior kicker Drew Alleman missed two big field goals that would have extended the Tigers’ lead. Les Miles aided in the self-defeat by going for a fake field goal, which Alabama saw coming for days, and lost his team two yards.

LSU did not take advantage of opportunities either. The Tide lost two fumbles and their defense was very suspect, especially in the secondary.

One of the biggest keys to the game for the Tigers was for Zach Mettenberger to play under control and limit mistakes. He did that very well. He completed 24-of-35 for 296 yards with a touchdown and zero turnovers.

According to rivals.com, Bama only allowed 145.9 yards/game through their first eight games. Mettenberger doubled that number and the offense, as a whole, more than doubled the total yards-per-game average that the Tide’s defense had allowed with their 435 yards.

This turned out to be a better game than many people expected to see, including myself. I figured that it wasn’t going to be the field goal fest that we saw last season between the two teams, but most football fans expected an Alabama runaway, statement win. I guess that’s why they say “anything can happen in Death Valley at night.”

 

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