Crimson Tide Defense and Henry's 210 Rushing Yards Lead
Alabama over LSU, 30-16
November 7, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama defense
limited Louisiana State University running back Leonard
Fournette to 31 rushing yards while the Crimson Tide
offense rode a 210-yard, three-touchdown rushing
performance by running back Derrick Henry to a 30-16
victory before a capacity crowd of 101,821 on Saturday
night at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The victory moved No. 4
Alabama (9-1 overall; 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference)
into a tie with No. 2 LSU (7-2 overall; 4-1 in the SEC)
for the lead in the SEC's West Division.
Leonard Fournette (7) gets upended by Alabama linebacker
Dillon Lee (25)and Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed
(90) during the fourth quarter.
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Fournette, who entered the game as the nation's leading
rusher averaging 193.1 yards rushing per game, could not
get going against the Crimson Tide defense. But Henry
rushed for touchdowns of two yards, one yard and seven
yards while carrying the ball 38 times, the third-most
carries by one player in a single game in Alabama football
history. Fournette had an 18-yard run at the 11:00 mark
of the fourth quarter after a Henry fumble set up the
Tigers at the Tide 22. But by that time, the Tide had
built a 30-10 lead and the outcome was decided.
Alabama was dominant early, breaking out to a 10-0 lead
in the second quarter on a 22-yard Adam Griffith field
goal and Henry's two-yard scoring rush that came after
a 40-yard run in which he fended off three would-be
tacklers while rumbling deep into LSU territory. But
the Tigers struck back to tie it at 10-10 with an
explosive passing game. Quarterback Brandon Harris hit
wide receiver Travin Dural for a 40-yard touchdown pass
and Trent Domingue followed with a 39-yard field goal
to tie it. But Alabama took a 13-10 lead at halftime
on a career-long 55-yard field goal by Griffith with
14 seconds left in the half.
After Tide linebacker Dillon Lee intercepted a Harris
pass on the first play of the third quarter to set
Alabama up at the LSU 28, Henry capped a touchdown drive
with a 1-yard run to stake the Tide to a 20-10 lead with
13:00 left in the period. Henry extended the lead with a
seven-yard scoring run with 2:47 left in the third quarter
and Griffith added a 29-yard field goal with 12:45 left
in the fourth period for a 30-10 Alabama lead.
LSU showed life late after Henry lost a fumble at the
Tide 22. The Tigers marched 22 yards in four plays with
Fournette scoring on a one-yard run with 9:18 on the
clock. The extra-point was blocked by the Tide's A'Shawn
Robinson as the Tide held a 30-16 lead.
The Alabama defense created seven plays of negative
yardage by the LSU offense in the game, including seven
tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks. LSU was
limited to 182 total yards in the game (54 rushing, 128
passing). The Alabama offense gained 434 total yards,
including 250 rushing, and had the ball for 39:27 of
game time. Tide safety Geno Matias-Smith led the Tide
defense with six tackles. Alabama punter JK Scott
averaged 45.0 yards on three punts with a long of 50
yards, including one punt downed inside the LSU 20.
Griffith made all three field goal attempts, running
his streak of successful attempts to seven straight.
Alabama continues its season next Saturday at Mississippi
State (7-2 overall; 3-2 in the SEC). Kickoff time for
that game has been set for 2:30 p.m. CT and will be
televised by CBS.