Alabama owns LSU. The Crimson Tide is the Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer in this rivalry and the Tigers are the nail. “I don’t think the stage is too big for him at all”, Saban said about Hurts. We struggled to pass protect. While it wasn’t Fournette’s night by any stretch, it was a showcase performance for a multitude of draft prospects on the Alabama defense. Fournette, whose 2015 Heisman Trophy hopes faded when he was held to 31 yards on 19 carries in Tuscaloosa a year ago, had 35 yards on 17 carries. Rawleigh Williams ran for 148 yards and two TDs for the Razorbacks. Also consider that, on a day in which No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 11 Florida lost to unranked opponents on the road, Alabama coach Nick Saban kept his team focused enough to beat a resurgent LSU team in an extremely hostile environment. “His “want to” to have success against Alabama is as high as any other player I’ve seen and so is our team”. The Crimson Tide gained just 323 yards, an fantastic work night for LSU’s defense, under pressure all game because its offense couldn’t produce any field position or breathing room. “It’s very frustrating”, LSU defensive end Arden Key said. The Bulldogs, who are still the same team that lost to South Alabama, had no answer for Auburn’s running game and will crumble back down to earth next week in Tuscaloosa. They never got their big horse going. Someday came very soon for the Tide. After the offense put points on the board in the fourth quarter, this Crimson Tide defense really put the clamps on the LSU Tigers. In the end, CBS was half right. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s crew forced two turnovers and stuffed Alabama with a masterful goal-line stand on Bama’s first drive of the second half. Hurts, a freshman, was the game’s leading rusher with 114 yards on 20 carries. Alabama’s menacing and chiseled defensive line blew up LSU’s offensive strategy on multiple occasions, forcing Tiger quarterback Danny Etling – who finished 11-24 for 92 yards and an interception – to work under vast pressure en route to completing 7-of-13 passes for 64 yards through the first 30 minutes. “He made some errors early in the game that were costly”, said Saban on Hurts. “We just didn’t execute, ” Orgeron said. LSU’s last gasp drive saw a 2-yard Etling completion and enveloped by three incompletions, a whimper of a drive to end a quiet offensive night. The Crimson Tide took the 10-0 lead with 2:45 to play in the game on a 17-yard field goal by Adam Griffith, eating up 9:51 of the fourth quarter on a 50-yard drive in 15 plays that buried the Tigers and finally silenced a raucous crowd that at times was deafening. For the first three quarters, all packed in Tiger Stadium endured 45 minutes worth of scoreless football. LSU safety Jamal Adams intercepted Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts on the Tide’s first drive, giving the Tigers possession at the Alabama 33-yard line. The Tigers, however, were not able to capitalize on the opportunity, as Colby Delahoussaye’s 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison. The momentum was gone just as quick as it came. After that, the Tide ran out the clock after Etling couldn’t lead a comeback. There was no further scoring in the half. “Defense did a hell of a job all night”. “It’ll be the sixth year we lose to them”. From there, Alabama went on a 90-yard march studded with crucial plays. Hurts connected with Calvin Ridley for a 21 yard reception the following play down to the LSU 24. LSU had already had one huge goal line stop earlier in the game, so an Alabama score was not a sure thing. Hurts, twice on third downs with nine or more yards to go, busted LSU’s defense for 11 and 23 yards, respectively. Once again, LSU’s defense stiffened. LSU’s chances of competing for the SEC crown ended with Saturday’s defeat. Lackluster offenses were part of the reason this game was so low-scoring, but in reality, the 10-0 scored reflects exactly how dominant both defenses were.

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