The Tide ran for less than 120 yards, as LSU nearly exclusively remained in its base 3-4 defense, loading the box on Bama - Aranda's game plan from the start.
NOTES: Alabama DL Da'Shawn Hand (MCL) returned and saw limited action for the first time since the Ole Miss game. This was the seventh straight Bama-LSU game to be televised in CBS' primetime slot, something the network created for this very matchup. "Heart kind of defines you". Linebackers Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) and Mack Wilson (foot) are "probably out", Saban said, noting he expects them to be examined today. They gained 176 yards in 37 plays in the first half to 166 on 28 plays by the Tide.
-Right after that, LSU drove 70 yards impressively in 11 plays to a first and goal at the Alabama 5-yard line as Etling completed 3 of 6 passes for 57 yards. This streak is 6-years old Sunday, the Tigers' current longest skid against an SEC team and the longest against Bama since the Tide won 11 consecutive games ending in 1981. LSU came in riding a three-game winning streak since a loss to Troy that threatened to derail coach Ed Orgeron's first season and were still three-touchdown underdogs.
Alabama's offense looked out of sync for much of the night, but quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC) did just enough to outduel the Tigers (6-2, 3-2). Out of the wildcat formation, Darrel Williams gets a big hole and takes it all the way to the Alabama two yard line.
But Andy Pappanastos pushed the lead to 14 on Alabama's next drive with a 40-yard field goal at the 13:25 mark of the fourth quarter, and LSU never threatened again. LSU had 73 rushing yards total on 21 carries after netting 33 on 27 carries in a 10-0 loss in 2016 when former Tiger Leonard Fournette led LSU in rushing with 35 yards on 17 carries. Etling finished 12-of-26 for 137 yards and an interception. Derrius Guice carried 19 times for 71 yards.
Despite a few nice runs by Hurts, Alabama, which entered the game with the SEC's top rushing offense, had 36 carries for 116 yards. A 47-yard pass from Hurts to Henry Ruggs III setup a 4-yard touchdown pass to Irv Smith Jr. Etling failed to connect with senior receiver DJ Chark downfield multiple times and it cost them.
The LSU Tigers are heading to Bryant-Denny Stadium this week to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Wilson was carted to the locker room before halftime and Hamilton went down later.