Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Brian Kelly naysayers are finding less and less reasons to dislike the hire at this point.
Brian Kelly left the confines of South Bend because he believed that he could compete with Nick Saban as the coach of LSU, now you should believe it too.
In one of the most electric atmospheres in all of college football, Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, the first edition of the Brian Kelly era is in sole possession of first place in the SEC West with a legitimate chance to play for the SEC Championship.
LSU started the scoring with a screen pass from Jayden Daniels to John Emery Jr to give LSU a
The LSU defense ended Alabama’s first offensive possession with an interception in the end zone
when Jarrick Bernard-Converse came away with the football. The defense would then force three consecutive punts with the Alabama offense not traveling past the LSU 20 yard line.
The Tide would start scoring points but the LSU defense limited the Bama offense to two first half field goals and a 7-6 half time lead.
Alabama struck first in the second half with their third field goal to take a 9-7 lead.
LSU would answer with its second touchdown of the game when Josh Williams rushed for a two yard score after a costly Alabama pass interference call on former Tiger Eli Ricks.
Alabama scored their first touchdown of the game in the third quarter taking a 15-14 lead.
The LSU offense would answer, driving down the field and regain the lead on a 32 yard field goal
by Damien Ramos.
Alabama would respond to the LSU score to grab the lead back when 2021 Heisman winner Bryce Young connected with Ja’Corey Brooks for a score. Young broke contain and avoided the LSU pressure before finding the wide open Brooks behind the Tigers' secondary.
Daniels and the LSU offense once again answered, driving 75 yards in seven plays in just under
three minutes, scoring to give LSU a 24-21 lead with 1:47 left in the game. The score came after Daniels broke out of the pocket for a 31 yard gain, then Josh Williams would get LSU to first and goal from at the seven yard line with a hard nosed run into the teeth of the Alabama defense. Daniels finished the drive hitting freshman tight end Mason Taylor in the back of the end zone, giving LSU a 24-21 lead with just under two minutes to play in the contest.
The final drive dramatics began with Alabama starting from their own 25 yard line. Young would move the Tide offense down the field, quickly into LSU territory.
With Bama threatening from the LSU 28, the Tiger defense would hold the Tide to a 46 yard field goal try by Will Reichard. The successful field goal attempt would tie the game at 24-24 sending the game into overtime.
Alabama started the first OT period on offense and drove the 25 yards to score on a two yard touchdown run to take the lead, 31-24.
LSU answered in electrifying fashion on their first possession of the first overtime on the first play when Jayden Daniels broke out of the pocket and scrambled 25 yards for the touchdown.
But hold on! Brian Kelly wanted the win now, not later. Kelly would elect to go for the two
On the attempt, Daniels rolled to his right and hit Mason Taylor in the flat, who was able to dive into the corner of the end zone for the two point score to win the game, 32-31.
With the win LSU is now 7-2 overall, 5 vvvf1 in SEC play while in sole possession of first place in the SEC West.
LSU now controls their own destiny with a now 84% chance to reach the SEC Championship Game
in Atlanta on Dec. 3rd.
Up next for the Tigers is a trip to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas, Saturday morning at 11:00am.
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