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ä Zach Mettenberger: It took nine games, but Mettenberger finally had the type of game the LSU fans envisioned him having on a weekly basis. He completed 24 of 35 passes for a career-best 298 yards and one touchdown. He threw the ball with an authority and accuracy that was only seen in brief stretches prior to Saturday. He also did a good job of reading the Alabama coverages. After this type of game he should never be the same as a quarterback. Of course, it’s just too bad for LSU that Mettenberger’s best game came too late.

ä LSU receivers: The Tigers had three receivers, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. and Kadron Boone, with four or more catches. This group played with a skill and confidence level that was only seen in brief stretches earlier this year. Landry had eight catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. It was his best game of the year. his leaping catch gave LSU a 17-14 lead with 12:58 remaining in the game. Beckham had four catches for 73 yards. He made some nice leaping grabs. It was nice to see. Boone, who had a diving catch in the victory against Texas A&M, continued to play like a guy who has the best hands on LSU’s team.

ä LSU coach Les Miles: The Mad Hatter finally ran out of successful tricks. Why did LSU run a failed fake field goal and onside kick (althought it would have been successful were it not for an unlucky bounce)? The calls were an obvious indication that Miles thought LSU wasn’t good enough to line up head to head and defeat Alabama that way. The calls were examples of a coach trying too hard.

ä Penalties: LSU had seven penalties for 51 yards. Alabama had one penalty for 15 yards. Suddenly you can see the difference between the No. 10-ranked team and the Nl. 5-ranked team. LSU needed to play an almost perfect game to upset the defending champions. Instead, it made the same old mistakes it has made week in and week out this season.

ä Defense: For the first time this season LSU’s defense let it down. The Tide’s five-play, 72-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown was too easy. Quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 14 of 27 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown. The defense just couldn’t make the key plays when it had to.

Pierce W. Huff

ä Zach Mettenberger: It took nine games, but Mettenberger finally had the type of game the LSU fans envisioned him having on a weekly basis. He completed 24 of 35 passes for a career-best 298 yards and one touchdown. He threw the ball with an authority and accuracy that was only seen in brief stretches prior to Saturday. He also did a good job of reading the Alabama coverages. After this type of game he should never be the same as a quarterback. Of course, it’s just too bad for LSU that Mettenberger’s best game came too late.

ä LSU receivers: The Tigers had three receivers, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. and Kadron Boone, with four or more catches. This group played with a skill and confidence level that was only seen in brief stretches earlier this year. Landry had eight catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. It was his best game of the year. his leaping catch gave LSU a 17-14 lead with 12:58 remaining in the game. Beckham had four catches for 73 yards. He made some nice leaping grabs. It was nice to see. Boone, who had a diving catch in the victory against Texas A&M, continued to play like a guy who has the best hands on LSU’s team.

ä LSU coach Les Miles: The Mad Hatter finally ran out of successful tricks. Why did LSU run a failed fake field goal and onside kick (althought it would have been successful were it not for an unlucky bounce)? The calls were an obvious indication that Miles thought LSU wasn’t good enough to line up head to head and defeat Alabama that way. The calls were examples of a coach trying too hard.

ä Penalties: LSU had seven penalties for 51 yards. Alabama had one penalty for 15 yards. Suddenly you can see the difference between the No. 10-ranked team and the Nl. 5-ranked team. LSU needed to play an almost perfect game to upset the defending champions. Instead, it made the same old mistakes it has made week in and week out this season.

ä Defense: For the first time this season LSU’s defense let it down. The Tide’s five-play, 72-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown was too easy. Quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 14 of 27 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown. The defense just couldn’t make the key plays when it had to.

Pierce W. Huff