In a game that lived up to the hype, and then some, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the LSU Tigers by the score of 21-17, in theatrical grand fashion.
In what will certainly go down as an “instant classic” in every sense of the phrase,
In every game preview, the key to victory, for LSU, was essentially always the same. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger would need a “career-game” against one of the most vaunted defenses in all of college football. When the smoke had cleared, Mettenberger had exceeded every expectation, and more. Throwing for 298 yards and one touchdown, LSU fans got a taste of the quarterback they thought they had signed, and
While Mettenberger channeled his inner Stephen Garcia, something Tide fans know all too well, given the context, the Alabama second half offense looked like something else ‘Bama fans know all too well…Iron Bowl 2010.
While the Tide held at 14-3 lead at the half, courtesy of a late second quarter rushing touchdown by AJ McCarron, the second half was dominated by LSU. In large measure, visually and statistically, the Tigers looked like the No. 1 team in the nation, while the Tide looked to be the team attempting to spring the upset.
Thanks to wonderful play from Mettenberger, the LSU offensive line, and the Tiger defense,
Then it happened…
When favor and fate seemed to indicate it wasn’t meant to be for the Crimson Tide…it suddenly was. The Tide offense, who had struggled mightily in the second half, proceeded to drive the ball 72 yards in five plays, while doing so in just 43 seconds…with no timeouts.
AJ McCarron, who had garnered less than 100 passing yards prior to the final drive, was able to maintain ultimate composure and connected with wide receiver Kevin Norwood three times, which placed the football at the LSU 28-yard line, with 60 seconds to play.
As for the finish, a “simple” screen pass from AJ McCarron to freshman running back T.J. Yeldon can now, arguably, be considered the greatest single pass play in
Following the touchdown, which gave
Alabama was tested, and Alabama passed…in dramatic fashion.
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