No. 10 LSU knocked off No. 6 Alabama, 32-31, in an overtime thriller at Tiger Stadium that saw Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels complete a star-making performance in the extra period. Trailing by a touchdown, Daniels ran for the end zone on his first play in OT, leaving LSU coach Brian Kelly to decide on a do-or-die 2-point conversion that Daniels completed to tight end Mason Taylor on a flare route, ending the game and handing the Crimson Tide their second loss of the season.
It was an uneven, sloppy game for most of the night, but everything turned in the fourth quarter with both teams trading the lead before a 45-yard field goal from Alabama kicker Will Reichard barely cleared the uprights to tie the game and effecitvely force overtime with 21 seconds left.
Alabama struck first after a third-down pass interference gave the Tide renewed life. Running back Roydell Williams scored from 1 yard out to make it a 31-24 game. This gave Bama 17 of 24 points down the stretch as it battled from a 17-15 deficit with 7 minutes left in regulation. That was before Daniels and LSU had a bit of magic left in their pockets with Kelly deciding to let it all ride on the 2-point conversion.
Daniels was excellent for the Tigers finishing with three total touchdowns, 182 yards passing and team-highs of 95 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Though Alabama QB Bryce Young had some bright spots, including a stellar 41-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Corey Brooks late in the fourth quarter that gave the Tide a late lead, he was inconsistent throughout. A swarming LSU defend held him to 25 of 51 passing for 328 yards with that touchdown toss and an interception he threw in the end zone early in the game.
In other words, Young made his fair share of plays, but Daniels and LSU simply made more.
The victory puts LSU in the driver’s seat of the SEC West as it now holds a tiebreaker over both Alabama and Ole Miss with all three teams having one loss in league play. While the defeat does not entirely eliminate Bama entirely from the SEC race, it makes a College Football Playoff an unlikelihood for a program that has participated in seven of the eight events to date.