Top-ranked Tide tumbles LSU

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU head football coach Les Miles fields a question from a reporter at halftime of the Tigers' home opener earlier this season. The Tigers fell to Alabama 38-17 on Saturday night.
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 10-ranked LSU gave top-ranked Alabama fits for the better part of three quarters, but fumbles, penalties, and T.J. Yeldon were too much to overcome in a 38-17 loss in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night.

LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) had opportunities to lead by as many as two touchdowns in the first half, but instead trailed by three at the break only to tie the game early in the third quarter. However, Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) proved its top billing by shutting down the Tigers and scoring the game's final 21 points.

The Tigers have a second open date on Nov. 16 before returning to action on Nov. 23 in Tiger Stadium against Texas A&M. Kickoff time is 2:30 p.m. due to CBS' selection of the game to be broadcast.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger gave the Tigers every opportunity to stun the Tide, completing 16-of-23 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. Jarvis Landry had 90 yards receiving on five catches, while running back Jeremy Hill added 47 receiving yards to his 42 rushing yards. Odell Beckham Jr. finished with three catches for 42 yards.

Yeldon led the way for the Tide, running for 133 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns. Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron was 14-of-20 passing for 179 yards and three touchdowns including a 52-yarder in the first half.

LSU, which outgained Alabama in the first half, 232-193, couldn't keep up the pace in the second half. Alabama finished with a 372-284 advantage in total offense.