Alabama lost its second game of the year in overtime to LSU in Baton Rouge Saturday night by a score of 32-31. Outside of chaos breaking out, this second loss for the Crimson Tide will end their hopes of a place in the SEC championship game and the college football playoffs.
Alabama outperformed LSU offensively in the yardage department 465-367, but costly penalties and turnovers were the difference in the game. In the first quarter, Bryce Young drove the Crimson Tide offense down the field to take an early lead, but a bad decision trying to force the ball to his receiver created an interception in the end-zone, preventing Alabama from scoring any points. Young didn't have his most accurate game of his career but finished with 328 passing yards with one touchdown and one costly interception.
Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs had a good game both on the ground and through the air but was held just one yard shy of having another 100-yard rushing performance. To go along with his 99 rushing yards, Gibbs also had eight catches for 64 yards.
The Alabama defense and kicker, Will Reichard, kept the Crimson Tide in the game for most of the night until the fourth quarter, when the defense just couldn't come up with a big stop. Reichard picked up where he left off before the bye week, hitting all four field goal attempts and providing all of Alabama's offense until the fourth quarter.
Finally, with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter, Alabama took its first lead of the night when Alabama running back Roydell Williams punched it in from the two-yard line for his first of two touchdowns, as well as the first touchdown of the night for the Crimson Tide.
With 21 seconds left in the game, Reichard hit his fourth field goal of the night to tie the game up 24-24 and force overtime. Alabama started the overtime period with the ball and needed seven plays before Roydell Williams scored his second touchdown of the game, giving Alabama a seven-point advantage. On the first play of LSU's overtime possession, quarterback Jayden Daniels scampered for 25 yards to score a touchdown. Instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game, LSU head coach Brian Kelly decided to gamble and go for a two-point conversion to win the game. With the game and the SEC West title on the line, Daniels connected with tight end Mason Taylor in the back of the end-zone for the game-winner, and for the second time this year, after an Alabama loss, fans stormed the field.
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