NCAAF Game Recap - Louisiana State at Alabama
Sat Nov 9, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(1) Louisiana State (9-0)

10

23

0

13

46

(2) Alabama (8-1)

7

6

7

21

41

Burrow, No. 1 LSU hold on for 46-41 win over No. 2 Alabama
Sat Nov 9, 2019 8:44 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Joe Burrrow sprinted toward the LSU fans to celebrate a monumental victory, and moments later was hoisted on the shoulders of two beefy teammates.

They carried him only partway across the field. The ride isn't finished for Burrow and No. 1 LSU but the quarterback's masterful performance Saturday in a 46-41 victory over nemesis and second-ranked Alabama marked a huge step toward the Tigers' championship goals.

Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns, answered challenge after challenge and helped end the eight-year string of futility that started with the national title game in January 2012. Now, their sights are set on another shot at national and Southeastern Conference championships.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said that for the first time he told his players pre-Alabama, "You're the better team."

"We've finally got the tools that we need to beat those guys," Orgeron said. "To have a championship team, you've got to have a championship quarterback."

The Tigers (9-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) are no longer second fiddle in the SEC West, or maybe in the playoff rankings. And Burrow stamped himself as the Heisman Trophy front-runner with a gutty performance when he answered every challenge from `Bama.

And the challenges were plentiful.

That came as no surprise to Burrow.

"I knew they were going to come back," he said. "That's Alabama on the other side, dynasty. I was really happy with the way we responded."

The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1, No. 3 CFP) rallied from a 33-13 halftime deficit to three times to pull within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It kept going from game seemingly over to game on.

The showdown lived up to its billing as a duel between two high-powered offenses and star quarterbacks with President Donald Trump attending. Tua Tagovailoa launched an 85-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 1:21 left after the Tigers' own scoring march.

Justin Jefferson recovered the onside kick and LSU ran out the clock, finally triumphant over their SEC West nemesis.

Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes. ran for 64 yards and was carried most of the way off the field by two teammates.

The ride isn't over for LSU. Burrow said titles are what he was after when he transferred to LSU from Ohio State.

"We're not done yet," the two-year starter said. "It's Game 9. We've got three more regular-season ones and the SEC championship. This was never our goal. We've got bigger goals than this."

Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass, getting emotional on the sideline after a late touchdown that appeared once again to put the game away.

Tagovailoa, 20 days removed from ankle surgery, was 21 of 40 for 418 yards and four touchdowns with an interception and a fumble. He was called a "game-time decision" all week, looked shaky early and appeared to be limping after the game, but he kept Alabama in it.

Coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa practiced all week without any issues.

"He said he could play in the game, he wanted to play in the game and he thought he could go out and do a good job," Saban said. "I think he was a warrior in terms of what he did."

Smith had 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven catches for Alabama.

LSU outgained Alabama by a slender 559-541. The Tigers had scored just 39 combined points in the last five meetings, but this was an entirely different offense.

THE TAKEAWAY

LSU: The Tigers have eight wins over Top 10 teams in the past two seasons, none bigger than this. Burrow & Co. faced down a 101,000-plus mostly hostile fans and a strong pass rush. Scored two touchdowns in the final 26 seconds of the first half in a pivotal flurry that threatened to be overshadowed by the second half drama.

Alabama: Didn't wilt under the adversity of a season previously characterized lopsided wins over teams currently unranked. Could be shut out of the playoffs barring some upsets elsewhere, mostly because of that schedule. Tagovailoa had a fumble and an interception in the first half.

"We don't really control our own destiny but if we finish the season the right way, we can see where it takes us," Saban said.

TOUGH TAILBACKS

The running backs delivered. Edwards-Helaire ran for 103 yards on 20 carries and had nine catches for 77 yards. Alabama's Najee Harris, who didn't have a carry in the second quarter, finished with 146 rushing yards and a touchdown and added a receiving score.

UP NEXT

LSU: At Mississippi on Saturday night.

Alabama: At Mississippi State on Saturday.

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Passing

LSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Burrow 39 31 79.5 3 393 35 0 134.3
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Tagovailoa 40 21 52.5 4 418 85 1 112.3

Rushing

LSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Edwards-Helaire 20 103 5.2 18 3
J. Burrow 14 64 4.6 19 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Bolden 1 0 0.0 0 0
N. Harris 19 146 7.7 31 1

Receiving

LSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Chase 6 140 23.3 35 1
J. Jefferson 7 79 11.3 18 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Smith 7 213 30.4 85 2
J. Jeudy 5 71 14.2 26 1

Fumbles

LSU F FL
T. Moss 1 0
J. Burrow 1 1
Ala F FL
T. Tagovailoa 1 1

Returning

LSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Stingley Jr. 0 - 0 0 2 9.5 0 11
C. Edwards-Helaire 1 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0
Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
H. Ruggs III 3 23.7 0 29 0 - 0 0
M. Tennison 1 8.0 0 8 0 - 0 0

Punting

LSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Von Rosenberg 4 159 39.8 46
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Perine 3 146 48.7 51

Takeaways

LSU Int Yds InTD
P. Queen 1 16 0

Team Stats Comparison

LSU Ala
Points For 46 41
Total Yards 559 541
Rushing Yards 166 123
Passing Yards 393 418
Passing Completions / Attempts 31/39 21/40
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 2/1
First Downs 29 22
Penalties - Yards 4/35 7/53
Time Of Possession 34:34 26:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/15 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 3/5
Punts - Average Yards 4/40 3/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter LSU Ala
LSU 5:45 TD Ja'Marr Chase 33 yd pass from Joe Burrow (Cade York kick) 7 0
LSU 10:06 FG Cade York 40 yd FG 10 0
Ala 13:46 TD Jaylen Waddle 77 yd punt return (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 7
2nd Quarter LSU Ala
LSU 1:57 TD Terrace Marshall Jr. 29 yd pass from Joe Burrow (blocked XP) 16 7
Ala 8:17 TD Devonta Smith 64 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (missed kick) 16 13
LSU 10:40 FG Cade York 45 yd FG 19 13
LSU 14:34 TD Clyde Edwards-Helaire 1 yd run (Cade York kick) 26 13
LSU 14:54 TD Clyde Edwards-Helaire 13 yd pass from Joe Burrow (Cade York kick) 33 13
3rd Quarter LSU Ala
Ala 10:09 TD Najee Harris 15 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 33 20
4th Quarter LSU Ala
Ala 0:27 TD Najee Harris 1 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 33 27
LSU 4:53 TD Clyde Edwards-Helaire 5 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 39 27
Ala 9:28 TD Jerry Jeudy 5 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 39 34
LSU 13:23 TD Clyde Edwards-Helaire 7 yd run (Cade York kick) 46 34
Ala 13:39 TD Devonta Smith 85 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 46 41

Game Information

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Attendance: 101,821
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