Nov. 5, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 2 Alabama football team fell, 9-6, at the hands of No. 1 LSU in an overtime battle before a sellout crowd of 101,821 on Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium. With the loss, Alabama drops to 8-1 and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference play while LSU improves to 9-0 and 6-0 in the SEC.
LSU kicker Drew Alleman connected on a 25-yard field goal in overtime to earn the victory for the Tigers after Alabama failed to score earlier in the overtime period. UA junior running back Trent Richardson totaled 192 yards on the night (89 rushing, 80 receiving, 23 on kickoff returns) on 29 touches while junior kicker Jeremy Shelley and sophomore kicker Cade Foster each connected on a pair of field goals, from 34 and 46 yards, respectively, for Alabama's only points on the night.
Sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron threw for 199 yards on 16-of-28 passing, while senior wide receiver Marquis Maze hauled in a team-high six receptions for 61 yards. Senior safety Mark Barron and junior safety Robert Lester each added an interception for the Crimson Tide defense.
"I'm really proud of the way our players competed in the game," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "I thought we played hard and physical and we played with a lot of toughness. It was a very physical game on both sides. We had a lot of opportunities in the game that we didn't take advantage of. These are two great teams. LSU has a very good team. They are number one in the country for a reason. They played a heck of a game and our guys played a heck of a game."
Alabama successfully moved the ball on its first three possessions of the game, but was not able to come up with points, falling short on three field goal attempts. On its fourth possession, the Crimson Tide finished off a 10-play, 79-yard drive with Shelley's 34-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. LSU added a 19-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, to tie the score, 3-3, at halftime.
Alabama struck first in the second half, taking a 6-3 lead on Foster's 46-yard field goal at the 7:56 juncture of the third quarter. The drive was set up by Barron's interception of LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee's pass on the Tigers' second possession of the quarter.
LSU tied the score 6-6 at the outset of the fourth quarter on Alleman's 30-yard field goal, before eventually winning the game in overtime.
Junior linebacker Nico Johnson led the Alabama defense with a career-high 11 tackles while senior cornerback DeQuan Menzie also had a career-high with eight tackles. The Crimson Tide held LSU's offense to 222 total yards, while registering two turnovers.