Halftime notes and stats: No. 13 LSU at No. 1 Alabama
Nov 09, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA -- I hope you didn't expect anything other than a dog fight between Alabama and LSU. Here are some takeaways: --Alabama's defense is having trouble stopping LSU. LSU is moving the ball at will, but two forced turnovers by Alabama has the Tide ahead. --LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is taking a lot of hits. None of the hits appear to be dirty, but he's been slow to get up on multiple occasions.
--Alabama's defense can't get off the field on third down.
--Kenyan Drake provided a nice spark for Alabama's offense. Once he came in, the Tide started moving the ball.
--O.J. Howard is a matchup nightmare and has great speed.
--Both teams have been able to sustain long offensive drives. This should be a fun shootout in the second half.
--Alabama's secondary is struggling a bit in coverage. LSU's offense is doing a lot of shifting and motioning before the snap and its creating some unfavorable match ups for the Tide.
First half stats
Total yards - UA- 193, LSU 232
Passing - UA 129, LSU 173
Rushing - UA 64, LSU 59
First downs - UA 10, LSU 11
Turnovers - UA 0, LSU 2
Third-Down Conversions - UA 1-4, LSU 6-7
Passing - UA AJ McCarron 9-13, 129 yards, 2 TDs
LSU Zach Mettenberger 10-13, 173 yards, 1 TD
Rushing - UA Kenyan Drake 6 carries, 43 yards
LSU Jeremy Hill 9 carries, 36 yards, 1 TD
Receiving - UA O.J. Howard 1 catch, 52 yards, TD
LSU Jarvis Landry 3 catches, 75 yards
Defense - UA C.J. Mosley 7 tackles
LSU Corey Thompson 5 tackles