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BATON ROUGE LSU's calamitous quarterback play continued Saturday night, as redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee threw four interceptions, including one in overtime, and the No. 15 Tigers fell to No. http://www.packersnflofficial.com/Nike-Micah-Hyde-Jersey.html 1 Alabama 2721.
"This one here is bitter, it's painful, there isn't any question, " LSU Coach Les Miles said.
The result, coming in overtime after LSU blocked a 29yard fieldgoal attempt with three seconds left in regulation, stunned the crowd of 93,039, the largest in the history of Tiger Stadium. It also provided a glum finish to an emotional day for the LSU faithful who witnessed the return of former LSU coach Nick Saban.
The student section at Tiger Stadium serenaded the Crimson Tide coach with an expletivelaced chant at the close, as Alabama players raced onto the field in celebration. The Crimson Tide fans, a noticeable presence in the southeast corner of the stadium, roared with glee as Alabama (100, 60 Southeastern Conference) clinched the SEC's West Division.
It was a ferociously contested game. Each team missed a fieldgoal attempt, and they combined for 15 punts. Field position played a critical role Haloti Ngata Jersey as the pressure escalated throughout the second half.
LSU (63, 33) pounded the vaunted Alabama defense, amassing 382 yards on 80 offensive plays compared with the Tide's 353 yards on 68 plays. But as valiant as LSU's defense played, the team could not overcome Lee's repeated miscues, which directly accounted for both of Alabama's firsthalf touchdowns.
Lee has thrown 14 interceptions, six returned for touchdowns. Alabama free safety Rashad Johnson made three interceptions, and his 54yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter tied the score at 14.
The overtime interception Lee threw into double coverage in the corner of the end zone came on a thirddown play in a situation where points are paramount.
Miles, so softspoken after the game Elite Haloti Ngata Jersey it was difficult to hear him at times, maintained the Tigers have no choice but to stick with Lee. Andrew Hatch began the season as the starting quarterback, but he appears to be done for the season after an injury in the Georgia game Oct. 25. That means LSU has only two scholarship quarterbacks who could play, the second being freshman Jordan Jefferson.
Jefferson did not play against Alabama. Miles said the coaching staff almost put the former Destrehan star into the pressurecooker game, but ultimately decided he was not ready.
Lee struggled for long stretches and often was wild with his throws. His receivers failed him on several occasions, most notably when wide receiver Chris Mitchell failed to latch on to a long pass in the third quarter.
Lee finished 13of34 for 181 yards and a touchdown. He was 8of20 last week in a 3510 win over Tulane.
On the overtime interception, Lee tried to be a hero, Miles www.packersnflofficial.com/Nike-Andrew-Quarless-Jersey.html said. On the one hand, the coach conceded his quarterback had once more blundered horribly, and on the other hand he offered repetitive insistence that improvement would come.
"We are maybe a little further away than I thought, " Miles summarized.
Saban and the Alabama side left Baton Rouge knowing they clawed out an enormous road win. With home games left against Mississippi State and Auburn, the Crimson Tide appears poised to head to the SEC championship game in Atlanta as an undefeated team, where it will pursue its first league title since 1999 and then perhaps have a shot at a BCS national championship.
Saban again downplayed the overarching storyline of his return and a headtohead matchup with his LSU successor.
"First of all, I'd like to say the game is about the players, and it was a great college football game, " Saban said, while thanking those who welcomed rather than excoriated him Saturday.
For a long time, it looked as if Alabama's magical return to the top of the college football world would come to an end in Tiger Stadium, even though the Tide jumped out to a 70 lead. That came after Lee threw an interception on LSU's opening possession. On third down, Lee threw behind Jamari Lattimore Womens Jersey wide receiver Demetrius Byrd. He reached down and bobbled the pass, and Alabama free safety Rashad Johnson plucked the ball out of the air at the LSU 25yard line.
Johnson returned the ball to the 15, and four plays later Tide senior quarterback John Parker Wilson punched it in on a keeper from the 1yard line with 8:23 left in the first quarter.
Once again in a critical game, LSU found itself behind early. But Wilson, in a move reminiscent of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow last season, made a phone call gesture toward the LSU student section and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
As a result, LSU wound up with solid field position on its subsequent possession and capitalized. Lee made his only outstanding throw on a deep fade route to Byrd, who had gotten open down the Alabama sideline. LSU had tied the score at 7 with 6:21 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tide return specialist Javier Arenas fumbled, and the loose ball was recovered by LSU kicker Josh Jasper at the Alabama 30yard line. A mediocre throw by Lee led to an incompletion, and then on second down, junior tailback Charles Scott took a handoff on a counter to the right and burst through a gaping hole. Scott juked one Tide defender and went in for the score that put LSU on top and sent the packed house into delirium. Fitzgerald. But with 4:33 remaining before halftime, Lee sent another ball sailing high over the middle. Johnson took that ripe fruit in the painted eye of the tiger at midfield and picked his way down the LSU sideline for a touchdown that knotted the score at 14.
Midway through the third quarter, when it looked as if neither defense would permit more points, Alabama fashioned a sevenplay, 60yard drive capped by tailback Glen Coffee's 3yard Jamari Lattimore Green Jersey run that put the Tide ahead 2114. Coffee, who finished with 126 yards on 26 carries, repeatedly moved on after contact, slamming into LSU defenders and fighting for extra yards.
The touchdown deflated the crowd in Tiger Stadium, but Lee managed to recover. He led LSU on a 74yard drive that ate up more than six minutes. Scott, who gained 99 yards on 24 carries, mauled his way in from the 1yard line for the third tie, 2121.
Wilson maneuvered Alabama into position in the waning moments of regulation, and he appeared to score on a 32yard scamper, but that was wiped out by a holding penalty. The teams exchanged punts, with Fitzgerald again getting the better of the swap, and that set the stage for Tiffin's blocked kick. The block came from LSU defensive lineman Ricky JeanFrancois, who also blocked a kick last January in LSU's BCS championship win over Ohio State.
After Alabama won the overtime toss, LSU went first and faced thirdand6 at the Tide 21yard line. Lee rolled to his right and lofted a pass toward wide receiver Brandon LaFell that Johnson grabbed before tumbling out of the back of the end zone.
On Alabama's first offensive play in overtime, Wilson found freshman wide receiver Julio Jones down the sideline. Jones, who had seven receptions for 128 yards, beat LSU freshman Patrick Peterson. The play set up the Crimson Tide on the 1yard line. From there Wilson had his second scoring sneak, and just like that the monumental event was over.
Lee needs to geaux. Seeing him on the sidelines Saturday night trying to convince other players that things will be fine was actually quite sad. It reminded me of Josh Booty and frankly Lee is playing in the same way Josh did. Not well.