The LSU Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 24-21. That much is clear. What is not clear is anything else. Seemingly every LSU game this year has been defined by one blatantly Les Miles moment, but this game featured too many to count.
From a fourth-down surprise triple-WTF reverse late in the fourth quarter to LSU’s decision to keep throwing (throwing!) on two late drives, this was the quintessential Les Miles masterpiece. Oft-justly-maligned passers Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee combined for 208 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts, an astounding 10.4 yard average. The Tigers’ ground game banged out 225, led by Stevan Ridley’s 88.
Alabama QB Greg McElroy turned the ball over twice, throwing a pick and losing a fumble, both to Kelvin Sheppard. The latter was directly caused by Drake Nevis, likely today’s MVP. Nevis stampeded through Alabama’s backfield all day long, stuffing runs, hurrying McElroy, and forcing entirely justifiable holding penalties. Les Miles.