Maybe Alabama is a second-half team.
It was close in the first half; too close for the 101,000 fans who braved the 40-degree, drizzly Tuscaloosa autumn night to watch their Crimson Tide eventually beat LSU 38-17.
Initially, the offense looked out of sorts, scored only three points and went 0-for-3 on third down in the first quarter. The defense couldn’t stop LSU’s passing game, and if it were not for a few fumbles, LSU might have led by two touchdowns. But after the lull in the first half—which ended 17-14 Alabama—there was a momentum change.
The communication of Alabama’s recently gelling offensive line returned, the power run game solidified, and the defense decided to not allow anything other than a field goal from LSU.
“I was really proud of our players in the second half, said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “I thought they did a fantastic job and probably played our best half of football. It wasn’t perfect, and we didn’t play great in the first half, but there was a lot of character out there in the second half to control the line of scrimmage the way we did on offense.”