Found November 14, 2012 on BeyondUSports:
The Streak Was BrokenLast Saturday night in Death Valley, the nations longest active win-streak in home victories was snapped. Number 1 Alabama came in and defeated LSU by a score of 21-17. Yes this is a good point spread for the nation’s number 1 team but are they THE perfect team? Their record is perfect so far, however for the first time this season Alabama trailed for more than 15 seconds, in this case most of the second half. Some people thought that Bama would walk away with a blow out win. Well, it was not that easy for the tide. LSU played their best game yet this season, especially the offense. Zach Mettenberger threw for 298 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions or fumbles for loss. This by far was his best game yet this season and this game is the biggest of the year and he had tremendous success against the nation’s number 1 defense. LSU proved that their offense can compete with any level of defense around the country. Speaking of defense, LSU’s defense also had a good game. They forced two turnovers against a team that “never makes mistakes.” Alabama only had 18 first downs while LSU had 22 first downs. LSU also won the time of possession, the Tigers had the ball for 39:15 and the tide only had the ball for a total of 20:45. LSU also held A.J. McCarron to only 165 yards passing and completed 14-27 of his passes. What have we learned from this year’s “game of the century?” Well Alabama proved that they are “beatable” and they find also a ”way out” to win in the most toughest situations. They played arguably in the most hostile environment in the country and for most of the game, they were intimidated. LSU proved that they also have an offense that can compete and still have that “championship” defense. Even though the Tigers lost, I think more college football fans around the country are giving LSU more respect. Their “house” is a place where teams come and face a team that is practically unbeatable on their turf. This LSU team “out played” the defending National Champions. Their bye week could not have come at a more perfect time. It gave the Tigers time to get rest, relax, and re-group. In this game, LSU gave their best shot and it almost paid off. Most analysts believed that Les Miles would have to throw a few trick plays out of his hat in order to win this game, well they did not work. My personal opinion, he did not have to use them. These two teams know each other very well, not to mention their coaches. Courtesy of LSU hopes to get over this tough loss and move on to this week’s next opponent. Mississippi State comes in to this game 7-2 after losing two games in a row from Alabama and Texas A&M. The Bull Dogs and the Tigers look to redeem themselves this week on another Saturday Night in Death Valley. BeyondU Sports BeyondU Sports - Best College Sports Blog Site

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