Alabama leads the series 47-25-5, but only 10-9 in games played in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers have won five of the last six games there and are 11-4 in games at Alabama since 1982. Conversely, Alabama is 11-4-1 in Tiger Stadium since 1983. Add its win in the 2012 BCS championship game and Alabama holds a slim 16-15-1 lead in the series since 1982.
LSU 13, Alabama 3: The Tigers and Crimson Tide meet in Mobile in Paul “Bear” Bryant’s second game at Alabama. The underdog Tide leads 3-0 at halftime but falls victim in the second half to touchdowns by Johnny Robinson and Billy Cannon, an early win for LSU’s unbeaten national champions.
LSU 17, Alabama 13: “Tide could lose, pigs might fly” reads a headline in that day’s Mobile Register. LSU (3-5) is a 25-point underdog in Tuscaloosa to a No. 5 Alabama team riding a 31-game unbeaten streak. After a 0-0 first half, Jay Johnson and Robert Toomer score on a pair of 2-yard TDs, and the Tigers’ defense holds Bama in check for perhaps LSU’s most stunning upset ever.
LSU 30, Alabama 28: A 14-0-1 unbeaten streak at LSU is snapped thanks in part to a replay on the Tiger Stadium scoreboard showing Erin Damond recovering a bobbled punt by Domanick Davis at the LSU 14 with the Tigers clinging to a 23-21 fourth-quarter lead.
LSU 41, Alabama 34: Almost as soon as Nick Saban leaves the Miami Dolphins to take the Alabama job, this game is dubbed the “Saban Bowl.” With both teams 4-1 in the SEC, No. 3 LSU has to win to stay on track for a national title shot. Tied 34-34 with less than 3 minutes left, Chad Jones sacks John Parker Wilson to force a fumble that sets up the winning TD run by Jacob Hester with 1:26 remaining.
LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT): The first 1-2 regular-season showdown in LSU history is billed as the Game of the Century. It certainly is for the defenses. Neither team can crack the end zone, with LSU safety Eric Reid thwarting the Tide’s best chance by ripping away an interception at the goal line from tight end Michael Williams. After Bama misses a field goal in overtime, Drew Alleman drills a 25-yarder for the win. For LSU, though, victory only holds brief satisfaction as Alabama comes back to dominate LSU 21-0 on Jan. 9 in the BCS title game in New Orleans.
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