#2 LSU Wins Nail Biter over #3 Alabama in Tuscaloosa

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

The Penn State turnover turned into more points for the Gophers, this time a touchdown coming off a flawless back-shoulder pass from Morgan to senior wide receiver Tyler Johnson, who made a one-handed grab and shrugged off a tackle on the way to the end zone. On the punt attempt, the ball went over the punter's head and the LSU defenders tackled him at the Alabama 40-yard line. The duo's 13-yard hookup gave LSU a 33-13 lead at halftime, the largest deficit a Nick Saban-coached Crimson Tide team had faced after 30 minutes.

The LSU defense forced a three-and-out on Alabama's next offensive possession.

Burrow completed 31-of-39 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns. Scored two touchdowns in the final 26 seconds of the first half in a pivotal flurry that threatened to be overshadowed by the second half drama.

Rashod Bateman got the Gophers going with a 66-yard score on their first possession that covered 95 yards.

Burrow led the Tigers to their first victory over the Crimson Tide since 2011 - and it came at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, no less.

But each time their LSU counterparts counter-punched, including touchdown runs of 5 and 7yards from Clyde Edwards-Helaire to seal the victory.

Tagovailoa connected with Henry Ruggs III for 22 yards on third-and-10 and then found Harris for a 15-yard touchdown five yards later to pull within 33-20 with 4:51 left in the third. A few plays later, Tagovailoa found Amite native DeVonta Smith down the sideline for a 64-yard touchdown pass.

It's probably safe to assume Tua Tagovailoa was hoping the first half of Saturday's game would go a little better. The Tigers had a close call with UNC, but have been rock solid since that game. Against the Arkansas Razorbacks, Mac Jones threw for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Tide rolled over the Razorbacks, 48-7. It was a huge step in the right direction, but probably not enough to overcome an otherwise awful schedule and really make a push for the top four right now.

With a 46-34 lead and 1:31 left against Alabama, LSU's defensive coordinator had his corners step up and play tight coverage on 1st and 10.