It's a quiet first quarter so far in Baton Rouge, with the rancor in the stands wildly outpacing the action on the field. The Tide and Tigers trade three-and-outs to open play, and a Kelvin Sheppard interception of Greg McElroy provides the first real breath of life.
It's a breath that comes to no fruition, as LSU can't get more than six yards deep in Alabama territory, and settles for a 45-yard field goal.
Trent Richardson, it should be noted, has returned two kickoffs this quarter. One for ten yards on the opening kick, and one near-disaster now as he false-starts out of the endzone before taking a knee.
Julio Jones fumbles on the Tide's second play from scrimmage, but recovers to convert the downs on the next play. Bama won't get much more off this drive, and punts at their own 30. Six plays later, the Tigers punt back. Preston Dial, Julio Jones, and Mark Ingram provide the bursts of yardage needed on the next drive, and as the third quarter ends, the Tide is at LSU's 32, trailing 0-3 in Baton Rouge.