In perhaps the most-hyped game of the year, the LSU Tigers got their revenge that had been years in the making. No. 2 LSU defeated No. 3 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., 46-41 on Saturday, snapping an eight-game losing streak versus the Crimson Tide.
Quarterback Joe Burrow put together a Heisman-worthy performance against the vaunted Alabama defense. The senior threw for 393 yards on 31-of-39 passing with three touchdowns, getting LSU out to a 33-13 lead at halftime and maintaining the lead after Alabama began to score in the second half. Burrow also ran for 64 yards, getting a couple of clutch third-down conversions late in the game.
LSU also got a big performance from junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire ran for over 100 yards and scored three touchdowns, in addition to nine catches for 77 yards and a score in the passing game.
His fourth and final touchdown, coming with just over a minute and a half left in regulation, brought LSU’s lead back to double figures and all but iced the game.
In the highest-scoring matchup between these two schools in history, Alabama finally started to get its offense rolling in the second half. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who had been considered a game-time decision to play all week, went 21-for-40 for 418 yards and four touchdowns. Tagovailoa led an offense that nearly overcame a 20-point deficit completely, getting within six points of LSU on three separate occasions in the second half.
Other standouts for Alabama included running back Najee Harris, who ran for 146 yards with a touchdown and also caught another touchdown as well. DeVonta Smith dominated in the receiving game, reeling in 64- and 85-yard touchdowns as part of a seven-catch, 213-yard game.
With this win, LSU (9-0) has four wins this season against top-10 opponents and eight wins over the last two seasons. This game ensures that the Tigers control their own destiny for the rest of the season, and are in a good position to make the College Football Playoff even if they suffer a loss.
As for Alabama (8-1), its road to the Playoff gets a little murkier, and now they must win out to have a chance.
Next up, both Alabama and LSU go on the road. LSU is at 4-6 Ole Miss next Saturday night, while Alabama will be close by as they visit 4-5 Mississippi State.
Both teams play fairly easy opponents from here on out until the week before the conference championship game, when the Tigers host Texas A&M and the Crimson Tide travel to Auburn.