No. 5 Alabama Falls to No. 12 LSU, 24-21
Nov. 6, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 5 Alabama football team lost for only the second time in its past 23 games, dropping a 24-21 decision on the road to No. 12 LSU on Saturday before 92,969 fans at Tiger Stadium.
Crimson Tide senior quarterback Greg McElroy finished the game 21-of-34 for 223 yards and two touchdowns while junior Mark Ingram ran the ball 21 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Julio Jones also hauled in 10 catches for 89 yards.
LSU got on the scoreboard first with a 45-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead at the 9:23 mark of the first quarter. Following an exchange of punts, sophomore running back Trent Richardson capped off an 11-play, 81-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown reception from McElroy to give Alabama a 7-3 lead at the 12:55 juncture of the second quarter. Richardson, Ingram, Jones and McElroy accounted for 65 yards on the drive, taking 4:25 off the clock.
Neither team would score for the remainder of the quarter as Alabama took a 7-3 lead into half.
After swapping punts to start the third quarter, LSU regained the lead on a 75-yard TD pass from Jordan Jefferson to Rueben Randle that made it 10-7 at the 8:17 mark. Alabama answered on its ensuing possession, taking a 14-10 lead with a 10-play, 73-yard drive capped off with a 5-yard touchdown run by Ingram. The drive took 5:47 off the clock as Ingram ran the ball on seven of the ten plays.
LSU scored on its first three possessions of the fourth quarter to seize a 24-14 lead before a nine-yard McElroy to Jones touchdown pass cut it to 24-21 at the 3:23 mark of the fourth quarter. Following the ensuing kickoff, LSU was able to run the clock down to 24 seconds before pinning Alabama deep in its own territory with a 32-yard punt. After two incomplete passes from its own 15-yard line, McElroy completed a pass to Jones who lateraled to junior Darius Hanks who was then tackled at the Alabama 28-yard line to end the game.
Sophomore linebacker Dont'a Hightower had a team-high 10 tackles for the Tide, including one tackle for a loss. Freshman linebacker C.J. Moseley added nine tackles, while junior defensive lineman Josh Chapman had a career-high eight tackles as well as his first sack of the season. The Crimson Tide defense had allowed only 10 points in the fourth quarter all year before allowing 14 versus the Tigers.
Alabama hosts No. 21 Mississippi State next Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.