(1) Alabama - 10, (15) LSU - 0
November 5, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – In a defensive battle that was worthy
of what has become one of college football's great
rivalries, the No. 1-ranked University of Alabama football
team scored all of its points in the fourth quarter to
take a 10-0 win over the 15th-ranked LSU Tigers in Tiger
Stadium. The win improves Alabama to 9-0 overall and 6-0
in the Southeastern Conference while LSU falls to 5-3
overall, 3-2 in the SEC.
Alabama Quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) breaks free for a
touchdown (the only touchdown of the game) during the
second half of Alabama's SEC football game at LSU,
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntemail@example.com
Linebacker Reuben Foster led Alabama with 11 tackles,
including two solo stops. Marlon Humphrey had six solo
stops and eight overall. Foster, Dalvin Tomlinson, Ryan
Anderson, Tim Williams, Jonathan Allen and Rashaan Evan
were all in on the Tide's five sacks on a night that also
saw the Crimson Tide tally nine tackles for loss. Alabama
also limited LSU to six first downs on the night and 125
Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts scored his 10th
rushing touchdown of the season and 22nd overall in the
fourth quarter, while completing 10-of-19 passes for 107
yards with one interception. He also tallied a team-high
114 yards and a touchdown on 20-rushing attempts. Wide
receiver ArDarius Stewart hauled in three catches for a
team-best 55 receiving yards. Punter JK Scott had a big
night, averaging 51.6 yards on five punts with a season
long of 66 yards.
After rushing for a school-record 284 yards in his last
outing, LSU running back Leonard Fournette was held to
just 35 yards on 17 attempts Saturday night. The Tiger's
Danny Etling was 11-of-24 with one interception and 92
yards on the night. DJ Chark led LSU's receiving corps
with 45 yards on three catches.
Alabama's opening drive ended with LSU's Jamal Adams
picking off Hurts on third down, giving the Tigers the
ball on the Alabama 33-yard line. LSU could not move the
ball forward before attempting a 49-yard field goal which
was deflected wide right by Ronnie Harrison.
Alabama went three-and-out on its next possession. LSU
earned the initial first down of the game when quarterback
Danny Etling hit wide receiver DJ Chark for a 41-yard
reception on third down, moving the ball to the Alabama
43. The Tide then moved the ball back to midfield when
Ronnie Harrison and Reuben Foster stopped Tigers running
back Leonard Fournette five yards behind the line of
scrimmage on first down followed by back-to-back sacks
on Etling by Jonathan Allen and Rashaan Evans,
respectively, forcing a punt.
Alabama and LSU traded three-and-outs on the next two
possessions, before Alabama made its first extended
drive of the night. Alabama started the drive on its
two-yard line, with running back Josh Jacobs gaining
a yard on first down before being swarmed. Following
an incomplete pass on second down, running back Damien
Harris burst 13 yards to the Tide 14 for Alabama's
initial first down of the game. Harris rushed again
for no gain before Hurts hit receiver Trevon Diggs
for nine yards to the UA 23. Jacobs picked up another
Tide first down with a three-yard run on third down.
Hurts rushed for nine total yards on back-to-back carries
before Jacobs lost a yard to force fourth down as the
first quarter came to an end. Scott came on for a
66-yard punt to end the drive and start the second quarter.
Hurts ended the first quarter with four completions on
eight attempts, one interception and six yards. Harris
led all rushers with 28 yards, including a long of 13.
Etling was 3-of-5 passing for 45 yards for the Tigers.
On its first drive of the second quarter, LSU moved the
ball 40 yards in 11 plays, starting with a three-yard
pass from Etling to wide receiver Malachi Dupre. LSU
then rushed five consecutive times, including four
Fournette runs totaling 17 yards, followed by an 11-yard
Etling pass to Dupre. Moore then ran for four yards
before Etling threw incomplete on first down, followed
by a three yards rush by Fournette to the UA 45-yard
line. A three-yard Etling to Chark pass play brought
out the LSU punting unit.
Starting on its own nine-yard line, Alabama ran four
times, moving the ball 46 yards to the UA 44 with Hurts
rushing twice for 29 yards and Bo Scarbrough running
twice for a total of 17 yards. Hurts then hit wide
receiver Calvin Ridley for a 21-yard reception to the
LSU 24. Three consecutive incomplete passes brought on
Adam Griffith for a field goal attempt from 42 yards
out, which missed wide left.
LSU started the next drive on its own 24, and rushed
five times for 15 yards before an incomplete pass brought
up fourth down at the LSU 39 and the punting squad.
Another punt by LSU's Josh Growden pinned Alabama at
its own five-yard line. The Tide moved the ball nine
yards on two rushes by Harris for five yards and a
four-yard rush by Hurts, but couldn't pick up the first down.
With the half winding down, LSU and Etling took a shot at
the end zone from the Alabama 42 with eight seconds
remaining that was knocked away by the Tide's Minkah
Fitzpatrick. With one second left on the clock in the
half, Hurts turned around and passed out of bounds from
the UA 42, bringing the half to a 0-0 finish.
Alabama's average starting field position in the first
half was its own 17-yard line. Hurts was 5-of-13 with
one interception for 27 yards. He also led the Tide in
rushing with 42 yards. Calvin Ridley led Alabama with
21 receiving yards, all on one catch. For LSU, Etling
was 7-of-13 passing with 64 yards in the first half
while Fournette led the Tigers with 21 rushing yards.
Chark led all receivers with 43 yards.
After LSU started the second half by going three-and-out,
Alabama moved the ball 52 yards on its first play from
scrimmage on a long pass from Hurts to Stewart. That set
up the Tide on LSU's eight-yard line. Two rushes by Harris
and one by Hurts put Alabama fourth-and-goal on the LSU
one-yard line. A rush by Hurts on fourth down lost five
yards and turned the ball over.
From its own six-yard line, LSU moved the ball nine yards
before punting. The two teams then traded punts on
three-and-outs before Hurts was sacked on second down of
the quarter's sixth drive. Hurts fumbled the ball on the
play, turning it over to LSU on the UA 42. LSU gained seven
yards on the first two plays of its next drive after Arden
Key's fumble recovery before Etling was sacked for an
11-yard loss by Tomlinson at the LSU 49, forcing another
Again starting deep in its own territory, this time on
its 10-yard line, Alabama went to work as time wound down
in the third quarter. Jacobs lost five yards to the UA 5
before Hurts hit tight end Miller Forristall for a 22-yard
pass to the UA 27 and a first down. Scarbrough rushed for
eight yards to the UA 35. Following a five-yard penalty on
Alabama, the Tide picked up a first down with a two-yard
rush. Hurts then rushed for 12 yards to the LSU 41 before
Harris picked up four more and Scarbrough bulled for three
more to the LSU 37. Hurts threw to Ridley for two yards to
close the quarter.
At the end of three quarters, Hurts was 9-of-17 with one
interception for 106 yards. Stewart led Alabama's receivers
with 53 yards on two catches while Hurts was the leading
rusher with 44 yards on 11 attempts. For LSU, Etling was
9-of-18 for 77 yards. Fournette had 35 yards on 17 rushes
and Chark had 45 yards on two catches.
Alabama opened the final stanza with a first down at the
LSU 32-yard line. Scarbrough rushed for 11 yards on three
attempts to get the ball to the LSU 21. On third down,
Hurts weaved 21 yards for the end zone, breaking the
scoreless tie and putting Alabama up, 7-0, after Griffith's
point after try was good.
After Griffith sent the ball into the end zone for a
touchback on the ensuing kickoff, LSU set up on the UA
35 with 13 minutes left on the game clock. On the first
play of the drive, Fitzpatrick intercepted Etling's
fluttering pass on the Tide 43-yard line. Etling was
pressured by Anderson as he threw, with Anderson's hit
affecting the pass.
After the interception, Alabama marched the ball to the
LSU seven-yard line on a drive that consumed a whopping
9:51 of game time. The 15-play, 50-yard march concluded
when Griffith nailed a field goal from 25 yards out, giving
Alabama a 10-0 lead with 2:41 left in the game. Alabama
rushed 12 times on the 15-play drive with Hurts picking
up 47 yards on seven rushes, including runs of 23 and 11
LSU went three-and-out on its final possession and Alabama
ran out the clock on the final drive of the game.
Alabama returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 12 at home
in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 11 a.m. CT on the SEC Network
against Mississippi State.