Two specific instances sealed the deal for Alabama. The first, with 2:28 to go in the first quarter, the Alabama offense gets blown up on a run play forcing 3rd-and-15. Before the play, Saban tried to call timeout as he saw his offense wasn’t lined up correctly. The play resulted in a loss and Alabama faced a long third down deep in LSU territory. Before the third down play could be run, Saban gets his timeout called to settle his players and call the next play.
Remember, at this point, Alabama had only scored once and was up just 6-0. Coming out of the timeout, Tua finds Jalen Waddle on a 28-yard completion that converts the third down. Even though Alabama ended up punting, they pinned LSU deep and the Tide defense held allowing the offense to come back and score a field goal on its next drive.
Saban’s time out and adjustment were something the LSU coaching staff was never able to do and another example of how Saban continually shows why he’s the best coach in the game.
The dagger to the Tigers came late in the third quarter when LSU drove down the field and had a chance to kick a field goal going into the fourth quarter. Instead, LSU missed the kick and Alabama got the ball back.
The next possession was an 8-play, 80-yard drive that ate up five minutes of game time and included two explosive plays, a 29-yard run from Najee Harris on the first play of the drive and a 24-yard completion to Jerry Jeudy that set up the last score for Alabama.
Any air left in the stadium was sucked out on that drive.
This was as dominant a performance as you’ll see in 2018. Alabama was forced to play at a slower pace and answered the call with its most dominant run game of the season.
Orgeron had nothing when it came to in-game adjustments and the talent gap wasn’t great enough to propel LSU to victory as it has in past games this year.
Alabama improves to 9-0 and even with two more SEC West games to play, secured their spot in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.
Alabama welcomes in Mississippi State next week.
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