Rabalais: On this night, LSU fought hard

NOT so Special teams

ä LSU’s special teams were a big negative factor in the loss to top-ranked Alabama. LSU kicker Drew Alleman only made one of three field goals, missing from 54 and 45 yards. His miss from 45 yards with 1:34 remaining in the game set up Alabama for a five-play, 72 yard drive for the game-winning touchdown. LSU also failed to score in the first half when a fake field goal resulted in a minus-2 yard pass from punter/holder Brad Wing to Alleman.

ZACH comes alive

ä LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had his best passing game at LSU, completing 24 of 35 passes for a carer-high 298 yards. He also threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jarvis Landry to give the Tigers a 17-14 lead with 12:58 remaining in the game.

All Tricks, but no treat

ä LSU coach Les Miles usually has success with his gimmick plays, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday. The Tigers lost two yards on a fake field goal pass. The team also had a recovery of an onside kick overturned when a player accidentally touched the ball before it went 10 yards. Even when Miles gambled on his kicker he lost when Alleman was short on a 54-yard field goal.

Tweet talk

“Could LSU wear Ala down in 4th, CBS guy asks. Yes. And I could steal off to Costa Rica tomorrow with Charlize Theron.”

@DaveKindred. Dave Kindred is a contributing writer to Sports on Earth.

“For the love of God can we please stop running the option against Alabama?”

@WillyB60. Will Blackwell is a former LSU guard.

“For what it’s worth, Spencer Ware is throwing passes with the #LSU quarterbacks during warmups.”

@perrynkeys. Keys is the Assistant Sports Editor at The Advocate.

“Mark Ingram is on the field with the #Alabama players, he’s moving at 2.5 yards a minute. #LSU”

@garlandgillen. Garland Gillen is a sports reporter for WVUE Fox 8 in New Orleans.

“Russell Shepard just ripped off his helmet and screamed toward the #LSU student section. We’ll see if that’s his biggest contribution 2nite.”


“Two drives, twice across midfield for #LSU. Must be something wrong.”

@ScottRabalais. Rabalais is a sportswriter at The Advocate.

“LSU’s offensive line is serious business!”

@RealJoeNamath. Joe Namath, who played at Alabama, led the New York Jets to their only Super Bowl win in 1969.

“My seat was just shaking a little bit in the press box. Not sure if I’ve ever felt that during the 1st quarter in Tiger Stadium.”

@Sheadixon. Shea Dixon works for 247 sports.

Alabama’s defense knows #LSU is very limited on offense. ... and Tigers know it too.”

@LesEast. East covers LSU football for The Advocate.

Pierce W. Huff

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