21-17 Tide wins ends LSU home win streak

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It was there for the taking.

But, LSU's chances to climb back into national title consideration were extinguished by Alabama Saturday night.

The #1 Tide drove 72 yards in 43 seconds. A.J. McCarron tossed a 28 yard touchdown pass to freshman T.J. Yeldon with 51 seconds to play as the Crimson Tide beat the Tigers, 21-17 Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

The game was played before a Tiger Stadium record crowd of 93,374. Alabama's win ended LSU's school record 22 game home win streak.

Down 14-3 at the half, LSU rallied to take the lead. Jeremy Hill ran one yard for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was the first LSU touchdown against Alabama since the fourth quarter of their 2010 game in Baton Rouge.

In the fourth quarter, Zach Mettenberger threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry to give LSU a 17-14 lead.

Mettenberger played his best game as a Tiger, completing 24 of 35 passes for 298 yards.

LSU coach Les Miles was clearly miffed that his team was written off before the game was even played. LSU was a nine point underdog when the game kicked off.

Said Miles, "That people would discount this football team before the game was played was unbelievable."

Miles made several curious decisions. In the second quarter, he opted for an ill advised fake field goal on fourth and 12 at the Alabama 30. Punter Brad Wing threw a two yard pass to kicker Drew Alleman.

Later in the second quarter, Miles sent Alleman on to try a 54 yard field goal. It was short. Alabama then drove to score a touchdown and take a 14-3 halftime lead.



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