Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

LSU's losing streak to Alabama continues as Tigers fall 24-10

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Sherri Watson | 05 November, 2017, 06:52

No. 2 Alabama now owns a six-game winning streak against LSU as the Crimson Tide hosts the No. 19 Tigers Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

LSU (6-3, 3-2 SEC) outgained Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC), 306-299, including 155 yards passing and 151 yards rushing.

The Crimson Tide star caught three passes for a game-high 61 yards as the LSU pass rush made it hard for Alabama QB Jalen Hurts to find downfield targets.

Finally, in the final minutes of the third quarter, LSU's offense found some life.

Hurts scrambled for a first down to the Alabama 43, but the Tide was stopped at midfield when Corey Thompson chased down Hurts three yards short of the first-down marker on third-and-10.

Bama will play No. 16 Mississippi State in Starkville on November 11. Darrel Williams took a direct snap in the wildcat formation and barreled untouched inside the Alabama 5-yard line. Two plays later, Williams scored to cut the deficit to 21-10 with 1:48 on the clock.

Seven Tigers caught passes, led by Guice's five for 29 yards and DJ Chark's three for 53 yards. Freshman Myles Brennan replaced Etling on the Tigers' final possession, completing three passes for 18 yards.

The stats aside, Saban's group jumped out to a 14-0 lead.

The teams combined for 15 punts and 10 sacks, six by the Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide, who were averaging almost 300 rushing yards per game, only ran for 62 yards in the opening half. LSU had 73 rushing yards total on 21 carries after netting 33 on 27 carries in a 10-0 loss in 2016 when former Tiger Leonard Fournette led LSU in rushing with 35 yards on 17 carries.

Still, Alabama did enough to gain control in the opening 30 minutes. Quarterback Jalen Hurts hit sophomore tight end Irv Smith Jr., of Brother Martin High in New Orleans on a 4-yard pass for the touchdown.

It was an impressive drive led by Hurts.

The next play Hurts connected with Henry Ruggs III for a 47-yard completion.

In the second quarter from 9 yards out, Bo Scarbrough darts into the end zone for a second touchdown! He broke a tackle on a 9-yard run to make it 14-0.

Etling bounced back from the interception and marched the Tigers deep into Crimson Tide territory in the second quarter, but LSU had to settle for a chip shot field goal from Connor Culp.

For the first time this season, Alabama played without being ranked as the nation's top team. Wilson was carted to the locker room before halftime and Hamilton went down later. Alabama LB Shaun Dion Hamilton left the game in the third quarter, and did not return.