NCAAF Game Recap - Alabama at Louisiana State
Sat Nov 3, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

Ala
29
LSU
0
F
Lou
16
Clem
77
F
ND
31
NW
21
F
PSU
7
Mich
42
F
UGA
34
KY
17
F
Okla
51
TxTch
46
F
Neb
31
OHSt
36
F
Temp
40
UCF
52
F
Cal
13
WaSt
19
F
WVU
42
Tex
41
F
Mizzu
38
Fla
17
F
Utah
20
AzSt
38
F
Hou
31
SMU
45
F
UtSt
56
Hawaii
17
F
Iowa
36
Purd
38
F
Fres
48
UNLV
3
F
LaTec
3
MisSt
45
F
Syr
41
Wake
24
F
Pitt
23
UVA
13
F
BC
31
VaTec
21
F
TxAM
24
Aub
28
F
MiaOH
42
Buff
51
F
Kent
35
BGSU
28
F
Ball
13
Toled
45
F
Ohio
59
WestMI
14
F
NIU
36
Akr
26
F
W Ky
10
MidTN
29
F
Colo
34
Ariz
42
F
Rut
17
Wisc
31
F
SCar
48
Miss
44
F
IASt
27
Kans
3
F
OkSt
31
Bayl
35
F
MSU
24
MD
3
F
C Mi
7
E Mi
17
F
Mem
59
ECU
41
F
AF
14
Army
17
F
GATec
38
UNC
28
F
SJSU
9
Wyo
24
F
TxSt
40
GASt
31
F
GaSo
25
ULMon
44
F
SoAl
14
ArkSt
38
F
Marsh
24
SMiss
26
F
ULLaf
16
Troy
26
F
K St
13
TCU
14
F
UTEP
34
Rice
26
F
Minn
31
Ill
55
F
Tul
41
SoFL
15
F
FlaSt
28
NCSt
47
F
Lib
59
UMass
62
F(2OT)
Navy
0
Cin
42
F
AlcSt
42
NMSt
52
F
Char
3
Tenn
14
F
App
23
CoCar
7
F
UConn
19
Tuls
49
F
Duke
20
MiaFL
12
F
UCLA
21
Oreg
42
F
UTSA
3
UAB
52
F
FlAtl
49
FLInt
14
F
Stan
23
Wash
27
F
USC
38
OreSt
21
F
SDSU
31
NM
23
F
BYU
16
Boise
21
F

Nov 3, 2018, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

T

(1) Alabama (9-0)

6

10

6

7

29

(4) Louisiana State (7-2)

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0

0

0

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Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama roll past No. 4 LSU, 29-0
Sun Nov 4, 2018 4:20 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked untethered by the brace on his right knee when he galloped for a 44-yard touchdown.

He looked unfazed by the first interception he'd thrown all season, responding minutes later with passes of 29 and 25 yards for a two-play scoring drive shortly before halftime.

Tagovailoa threw two touchdown passes to go with his long scoring run in what was supposed to be his toughest test this season, Alabama's defense stifled No. 4 LSU, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide remained unbeaten with a 29-0 victory Saturday night.

Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) had no victories over a team currently ranked in the top 20 entering Death Valley. But if there were any questions about the Tide's ability to handle a highly ranked team in a hostile environment, they've been answered resoundingly.

"We really wanted to make a statement in this game. A lot of people talk about our schedule," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "What better opportunity is there to make a statement than the circumstance we were in."

Tagovailoa was 25-of-42 passing for 295 yards and moved as well as he needed to, particularly when he sprinted up the middle of the field or his long TD run in the third quarter to give Alabama a 22-0 lead.

Tagovailoa limped off the field after that play, went into the medical tent briefly and rode a stationary bike on the sideline, but returned for the next series.

"I'd seen the opening, I ran. I was just trying to get the first down," Tagovailoa said. "Once I passed the 30, though, I felt my leg (hurting) and I was going off momentum after that."

Alabama led 16-0 by halftime and forced punts on the Tigers' first nine possessions. LSU (7-2, 4-2, No. 3 CFP) drove to the Alabama 15 on its 10th series early in the fourth quarter, only to miss a field goal with 10:45 to go.

"Alabama overpowered us," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "When you max-protect and you're doing everything you can with protection and they're beating you, you've got to look at personnel. You've got to get better. I don't think it was scheme at all. ... There was nothing we could do about it."

Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow completed 18 of 35 passes for 184 yards. He was sacked five times and had a late pass intercepted in the end zone by linebacker Mack Wilson. Nose guard Quinnen Williams finished with 2 1/2 sacks. Lineabckers Anfernee Jennings and Christian Miller each had one. Alabama held the Tigers to just 12 yards rushing.

"It was crazy for us to actually shut them out," Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses. "I wasn't expecting it, but that was a goal for us to get that done."

Alabama finished with a 576-196 advantage in total yards in beating LSU for the eighth straight time.

"We weren't even close to them tonight," Orgeron said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The best defense Alabama has faced this season wasn't good enough on its own field to stop the Tide from gashing it for eight plays of 20-plus yards, or from covering a two-touchdown spread by two TDs.

"It shows what kind of things we can do against basically anyone," Tagovailoa said.

LSU: The Tigers have had to shuffle their offensive line much of the season, and struggled to match the Tide physically at the point of attack. Guard Garett Brumfield tried to come back for the first time in four games, but struggled and was intermittently replaced by Chasen Hines to start the second half.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

While nothing changes for Alabama, LSU could tumble considerably in the AP Poll after being dominated at home.

STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

Damien Harris rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries, including his 1-yard TD run, for Alabama. Najee Harris gained 83 yards on the ground, 29 on one carry.

Jerry Jeudy caught eight passes for 103 yards and Irv Smith Jr. had four catches for 64 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown grab late in the first half.

"I was really, really pleased with the explosive plays we were able to make," Saban said.

INJURIES

Henry Ruggs III caught four passes for 55 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game, but injured his left leg late in the second quarter. Saban said X-rays were negative but further evaluation was pending.

TUA'S TURNOVER

Tagovailoa's interception came on a deep throw down the middle, which Todd Harris Jr. hauled in for his first career pick while falling to the ground at the LSU 4.

"That was a good play by the DB," Tagovailoa said. "I should have never made that decision."

The Tiger Stadium crowd erupted, as it appeared the turnover might get LSU to halftime down by no more than nine points, perhaps less, if the Tigers could move the ball.

But the Crimson Tide's response was emphatic. Burrow was sacked inside the 1, and LSU had to punt shortly afterward.

Alabama got the ball back on its 46 and Tagovailoa needed just two plays - a 29-yard pass to Jeudy, followed by his scoring strike to Smith - to widen the Tide's lead.

UP NEXT

Alabama hosts Mississippi State on Saturday.

LSU travels to Arkansas on Saturday.

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Passing

Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Tagovailoa 42 25 59.5 2 295 30 1 86.9
LSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Burrow 35 18 51.4 0 184 30 1 54.9

Rushing

Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Harris 19 107 5.6 21 1
N. Harris 6 83 13.8 29 0
LSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Edwards-Helaire 6 14 2.3 6 0
N. Brossette 7 5 0.7 3 0

Receiving

Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jeudy 8 103 12.9 30 0
I. Smith Jr. 4 64 16.0 25 1
LSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jefferson 6 81 13.5 23 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 2 38 19.0 30 0

Fumbles

Ala F FL
J. Waddle 1 0

Returning

Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 0 - 0 0 1 -3.0 0 0
LSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Edwards-Helaire 2 35.5 0 57 0 - 0 0
N. Brossette 1 28.0 0 28 0 - 0 0

Punting

Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Bernier 4 131 32.8 36
LSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Von Rosenberg 6 287 47.8 53
J. Growden 3 101 33.7 42

Takeaways

Ala Int Yds InTD
M. Wilson 1 0 0
LSU Int Yds InTD
T. Harris Jr. 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Ala LSU
Points For 29 0
Total Yards 576 196
Rushing Yards 281 12
Passing Yards 295 184
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/42 18/35
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 0/0
First Downs 29 13
Penalties - Yards 6/60 3/15
Time Of Possession 18:18 42:42
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/14 5/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/33 9/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ala LSU
Ala 10:02 TD Henry Ruggs III 15 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (missed kick) 6 0
2nd Quarter Ala LSU
Ala 8:01 FG Joseph Bulovas 23 yd FG 9 0
Ala 13:45 TD Irv Smith Jr. 25 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 16 0
3rd Quarter Ala LSU
Ala 9:46 TD Tua Tagovailoa 44 yd run (blocked XP) 22 0
4th Quarter Ala LSU
Ala 9:18 TD Damien Harris 1 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 29 0

Game Information

Stadium: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 102,321
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