CSS: No one can outlast Alabama

Postgame 1

Photo: Jonathan Biles

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.”

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