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LSU vs. Alabama 2013 results: Crimson Tide remain perfect with 38-17 win

LSU matched Alabama early, but the Crimson Tide pulled away in the fourth quarter and improved to 9-0.

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LSU threatened Alabama early, but the Crimson Tide dominated the second half on their way to a 38-17 win against the Tigers.

The Tigers found some early offensive success, but LSU didn't have much to show for it on the scoreboard. A pair of lost fumbles, including one at the Alabama goal line, cost LSU. The Tigers were able to cash in on a late drive in the second quarter when Zach Mettenberger hit Travin Dural for a touchdown to cut Alabama's lead to 17-14.

The Tigers tied the game with a field goal on their opening possession of the second half, but it was all Alabama from there. The Crimson Tide ate up clock and chewed up the LSU defense on a 14-play, 79-yard touchdown drive to regain the lead. The drive took 7:50 off the clock and set the tone for the rest of the game. LSU struggled to get much going the rest of the way, and Alabama added a pair of touchdowns to blow it wide open.

Although LSU had some success moving the ball, Alabama made the plays it needed to remain undefeated. The Crimson Tide stiffened on defense in the second half, taking the drama out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Alabama is now one step closer to a return trip to the BCS National Championship.

Box Score Hero:

T.J. Yeldon was once again a force on the ground, leading Alabama with 133 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. A.J. McCarron didn't put up huge numbers, but was efficient, averaging 9.0 yards per attempt.

Rankings Ramifications:

At 9-0, the Crimson Tide will remain atop the BCS Standings. While the Tigers will likely drop from their No. 13 ranking, they should remain in the top 25.

But Did They Cover?

The Crimson Tide opened as 9-point favorites and covered the spread with a strong fourth quarter.

For More On This Game:

Complete Alabama coverage can be found at Roll 'Bama RollAnd the Valley Shook is your home for all things LSU, while Team Speed Kills has additional SEC coverage.

Next Week's Schedule:

Alabama will go on the road and face Mississippi State, while the Tigers will return home for a matchup with No. 15 Texas A&M.

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