LSU-Bama: Facts & Factors

Jacob Hester

LSU beat Alabama 28-14 in Tiger Stadium Saturday night. The win marked the Tigers' fourth straight win over the Crimson Tide and sixth victory in the last seven meetings.

Quote of the Game:

 

"Tonight was a little different because they kept coming after us. We are used to handling business early at home."

 

- LSU running back Jacob Hester on the resiliency of Alabama

 

 

Turning Point:

 

Although the Tigers only won by 14 points and Alabama had the entire second half to try and pull ahead of LSU, the turning point of Saturday's game came near the end of the first half of play.

 

Trailing 21-14, the Tide defense forced LSU to punt the ball away late in the second quarter. Quarterback John Parker Wilson and Co. set up shop at their own 36 and went immediately into the two-minute offense.

 

On first down, Wilson hit DJ Hall for a gain of 16 yards to the LSU 48. He then hit Hall for a pickup of 12 yards to the LSU 36, and it looked as if the Tide could tie the score going into the locker room.

Wilson then connected with Matt Caddell to the Tiger 24 for a gain of 12 yards and LSU fans began to grow restless.

 

However, the LSU defense stiffened.

 

The Tigers forced a third and one from the LSU 15 where Wilson threw an incomplete pass to Hall near the goal line. Danny McCray batted down the ball, but was flagged for pass interference.

 

Alabama got new life with a first and goal at the LSU seven, but on the next play Wilson was sacked for a loss of seven yards. Daniel Francis laid a big lick on Wilson, which jarred the ball loose and Chase Pittman recovered the ball for LSU.

 

Instead of tying the score or getting a field goal, Alabama came away with no points.

 

 

Stat of the Game:

 

369 – Total yards gained by Alabama in the game, the most allowed by the Tiger defense this season.

Alabama rushed for just 78 yards in the game, but John Parker Wilson completed 22 of 35 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, no doubt the best performance by an opposing quarterback this season against the Tigers.

 

 

By the Numbers:

 

4 – Straight victories for LSU over the Tide. The Tigers have also won six of the last seven games against Alabama, dating back to 2000.

 

16 – LSU has recorded at least one sack in 16 straight games after a second quarter sack by Marlon Favorite. The last time LSU's defense did not record a sack was against North Texas last season.

 

115 – LSU has outscored its opponents 115-14 in the first quarter this season, including the 14-7 score last Saturday night. Florida and Alabama are the only teams to dent the scoreboard in the first quarter against LSU this season.

 

302 – The Tigers have outscored their opponents in home games this season by a margin of 302-50.

 

13 – LSU has now won 13 straight games played in the month of November. The last time the Tigers lost in November was a 21-20 last-second defeat to Arkansas in 2002.

 

 

Three Points:

 

1. RECORD-BREAKING BOWE – Dwayne Bowe pulled in a 20-yard reception in the first quarter to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 22 straight games. Bowe scored his ninth receiving touchdown of the season and his 23rd of his career on the 19-yard reception from Russell with 13:33 left in the second quarter. He moved into a tie for sixth-place on LSU's single season receiving touchdown list with nine.

 

2. EARLY IS NEVER LATE - Early Doucet pulled in the sixth receiving touchdown of the season and the 13th of his career on a 30-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell with 7:33 left in the first quarter. Doucet recorded the first 100-yard receiving game of his career with his 101 yards Saturday night. His previous career-high was 94 against Vanderbilt in 2005. Doucet's 101 yards marked the fourth 100-yard receiving game by an LSU receiver this season. Dwayne Bowe (twice) and Craig Davis have also produced 100-yard receiving games this season.

 

3. LANDRY NEARING WEBSTER – With a tackle in the first quarter, FS LaRon Landry extended his tackles in consecutive games streak. The senior has now made a tackle in 49 straight games. Landry recorded a pass break up in the second quarter to move into second-place on LSU's career pass break up list with 35. He now trails only Corey Webster's record of 49.

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