Saturday was a huge game for the LSU Tigers in Tuscaloosa. The No. 1 ranked Tigers faced the then-No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and came out with a 46-41 victory.
This win was even more exciting since LSU has not beaten the Tide in eight years. It allowed the Tigers to advance their undefeated season record to 9-0.
The champion mindset has been with this team all season, and it is the explosive offense that further enforces it.
The Tiger offense was able to gain a 20 point lead over rival Alabama, all within the first half of the game.
Wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase put on a good show for LSU, with Jefferson having 79 yards and Chase with 140 yards and a touchdown.
“Tonight we just showed that we are a dominant offense, and that we can score points on a big time team, so that’s definitely a great thing for us,” says Jefferson.
Freshman kicker, Cade York, also helped the Tigers gain the big lead by kicking a 40 yard and a 45 yard field goal in the first half of the game.
Although LSU quickly gained a big lead, the Crimson Tide did not fail at keeping them on their toes and fans at the edges of their seats.
Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate, Tua Tagovailoa, threw for 418 yards against the Tiger defense and allowed the Tide to catch up in touchdowns.
It seemed as if every time the Crimson Tide started to get closer to taking over the game, the Tigers responded and maintained the lead.
Another key factor to LSU’s offensive performance was RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The 5 foot 8 Baton Rouge native went for 104 rushing yards and 77 yards receiving with a total of four touchdowns this game. He was doubted highly in the recruiting process because of his size, but Edwards-Helaire proves that size does not matter.
“You know, I had that doubt coming into LSU. ‘Oh he’s not big enough. He’s not going to be fast enough,’" Edwards-Helaire says. "But you know, everybody can measure you know, things they see, but they can’t measure your heart, and you know that’s what I live by; that’s my motto.”
This big win for the Tigers was led by senior QB and Heisman Trophy frontrunner, Joe Burrow. Burrow had 393 passing yards and went 31 for 39 in completion. Burrow also carried the ball for 64 rushing yards.
The LSU Tigers will head to Ole Miss next Saturday to face the bulldogs at 6:00 p.m. central.