By Scott Latta
UA Media Relations
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson was 22-of-35 for 291 yards and two touchdowns, and junior DJ Hall caught eight passes for 142 yards, but it wasn't enough as Alabama (6-5, 2-5 SEC) fell to No. 12 LSU (8-2, 4-2 SEC) 28-14 Saturday night in Baton Rouge.
Wilson's 291 yards were a career high, giving him 2,286 passing yards on the season.
"We fought so hard and our guys stuck together the whole week, and we came out there and really played as a team, played together," Wilson said. "It's tough to lose a game like that. We know we played hard, we just have to get ready for next week."
In front of an announced crowd of 92,588, the second-largest in Tiger Stadium history, LSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, largely due to the arm of quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who threw for 106 yards in the first 15 minutes. The Tigers' first drive covered 73 yards in just 1:26, with tailback Keiland Williams capping the scoring with a 38-yard run to take the 7-0 lead.
After an Alabama missed field goal, LSU drove the ball back down the field 68 yards in five plays, scoring on a 30-yard pass from Russell to Early Doucet for the 14-0 lead.
Alabama answered with an eight-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 29-yard pass from Wilson to senior Ken Darby. The catch, which gave Darby his first touchdown of the season, pulled Alabama to within 14-7 with 3:37 left in the first quarter.
"Our guys had as good a look in their eye this game as they'd ever had," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.
LSU's next drive went 80 yards in 10 plays, with Russell throwing his second touchdown of the night, this one to Dwayne Bowe, to extend the lead to 21-7 with 13:33 left in the first half.
Alabama pulled back to within seven when the Tide answered with an 80-yard drive of its own, with Wilson finding Nikita Stover in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown pass, the first of Stover's career.
The score was set up by consecutive passes to DJ Hall of 41 and 20 yards to put Alabama in the red zone. Hall's 142 receiving yards gave him his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the season and tenth of his career. Sophomore Will Oakley caught four passes for 51 yards, and junior Keith Brown caught three for 31.
The Tide's rushing game was a team effort, with five rushers combining for 78 yards. Darby had 13 carries for 36 yards and sophomore Jimmy Johns had four for 25 yards. Senior Le'Ron McClain added two for 11 yards.
The lone score of the second half came on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Russell to Jacob Hester to give the Tigers a 28-14 lead with 7:14 left in the third quarter.
Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa next week for its regular season finale against the Auburn Tigers (9-2, 5-2 SEC). Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on CBS.