The Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers met for a huge game in the SEC West in Tuscaloosa on Saturday and it was, as usual, an electric environment. It was a battle of LSU running back Leonard Fournette against A’Shawn Robinson and the defensive line of the Crimson Tide.
The Tide shut down Fournette early and often in this game and that was good enough for this team to pull out ahead early. On the flip side, Alabama running back Derrick Henry had a big game and threw his name in the hat for the Heisman Trophy.
The scoring came at a premium early on in the game as it was tied at zero heading into the second quarter. Henry was able to get his team in scoring position as he broke up the first big play of the game with a 40-yard run.
That run set up the Tide for their first touchdown of the game after Henry took it in from a yard out just a play later.
The Tide took a 10-point lead and with just over six minutes left in the first half, the Tigers finally found paydirt. The Tigers knew they had to make plays through the air and Brandon Harris did just that when he dumped a pass just over the outstretched arms of a Crimson Tide defender into the waiting hands of Travin Dural from 40 yards out to make the score 10-7.
The Tigers made another defensive stop and went down to tie the game up on a field goal. The Tide didn’t seem content to go into the half tied, so they went down and set up a long field goal from 55 yards out, a career long for Adam Griffith, which he nailed to make the score 13-10 going into halftime.
The Tigers knew they needed to come out in the second half and make a big play to tie the game or take a lead. However, it was Tide linebacker Dillon Lee that made a huge play, intercepting Harris’s pass – the first of the season for LSU – and setting up another touchdown for Henry.
This was easily the biggest play of the game for Alabama and was pretty much all she wrote for the Tigers. The Tide added onto their lead in the third quarter as Henry scored from 7 yards out after a big block from Michael Nysewander.
The Crimson Tide took a 30-10 lead after Griffith’s third field goal of the night, but the Tigers never said die. They drove down the field and after Fournette’s biggest run of the night for 18 yards, the Tigers cut into the lead with a 1-yard touchdown by the Heisman candidate.
The Tide took the next kickoff and ran the clock out as they moved to 8-1 on they year by final of 30-16. This creates a tie atop the SEC West and the Tide now control their own destiny for the division championship once again.
Henry led the Tide 210 yards and three touchdowns, which ties his career high. Fournette was bottled up on the night, only getting 31 yards and a touchdown, which breaks his streak of nine consecutive 100-yards game, a school record.
The Tide next play the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who will have a few extra days of rest after playing Thursday night. The Tigers, now at 7-1, return home as they host the Arkansas Razorbacks as they play their final game in Tiger Stadium this season.
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