Alabama's A.J. McCarron entered Saturday as a viable Heisman candidate, albeit one without a rushing touchdown. The latter portion has changed, as he strolled in for a nine-yard touchdown run to present LSU with a very formidable 11-point deficit at halftime. It's 14-3, Bama.
That makes for two sizable scoring drives by Alabama, one 92 yards and the other 63. Unless LSU can build on some of the progress they've made at points by running the ball (Jeremy Hill and Michael Ford averaging better than five yards a carry each), Zach Mettenberger isn't going to be able to throw any better than he is now (he's ... also averaging right around five yards per attempt), then that'll be that.
The Tigers are only 32 yards shy of Bama and have even forced a turnover, but a missed field goal and another bad fourth down call have helped do them in. Not even trickery and chicanery are working in LSU's favor, as a fake field goal attempt produced nothing but this:
LSU almost always wins at night in Death Valley, but Bama almost ALMOST always wins when leading at the break.
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