by Eric BrownNovember 12, 2010 – Les Miles was the”Mad Hatter” indeed Saturday in death valley as his Tigers prove to be three points better than Ex-Tiger coach Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide of Alabama.Two of Southeastern conferences’ most successful programs battle to another thriller, but unlike the past two seasons, it was LSU who ended on top. LSU improves to 8-1, 5-1 with a huge play second half as miles pulled trick after trick from under his hat. LSU dashed Alabama’s repeat hopes of a BCS title game. The Tigers remain a long shot needing to win out and Auburn losses to Georgia at home and at Alabama. Mile’s fourth win versus Alabama ties Nick Saban for most in Tiger history and it give’s LSU their fourth verus a ranked opponent. I’m very thankful that I live in a country and have a job that allows me to experience some of the really positive things in our lifetime – college football,” Miles said. “College football was celebrated today. That was two quality football teams slugging, start to finish, hard-nosed, clean, violent, competitive football, and how wonderful was it? I have to say this. Tiger Stadium was never any better than it was today, never any better.” Kelvin Sheppard recovered the game ball from Miles,who called Sheppard and Drake Nevis great team leaders.
LSU outgained Alabama, 433-325. The Tigers ran 45 times for 225 yards. Rueben Randle had a career-best 125 yards receiving on three catches.The first half for the Tiger was very sluggish. LSU only netted three points in the first quarter off of two Bama mistakes early as Josh Jasper connected from 45 yards out with 9:23 to play in the first. Bama Sophomore running back Trent Richardson gave the tide the lead capped off an 11-play, 81-yard drive with a one-yard TD reception from Greg McElroy to give Alabama a 7-3 lead at the 12:55 mark of the second stanza. Julilo Jones and Greg McElroy hooked up for 65 yards on the drive, that took 4:25 off the clock. Bama took a 7-3 lead into the locker room and in the second will LSU offence come alive. LSU would regain the lead on their second drive of the third, which was a 75-yard TD pass from Jordan Jefferson to Rueben Randle put the Tigers ahead 10-7 at the 8:17 mark. Alabama answered on its ensuing possession, taking a 14-10 lead going 10-play, 73-yard drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram as Bama took nearly 6 minutes off the clock. LSU scored on its first three possessions of the fourth quarter. First a 35 yard field goal by Josh Jasper to cut the Bama lead to 14-13, just 46 second into the fourth. LSU regained the lead with a Stevan Ridley 1 yd run at the 8:13 add a Randle pass from Jefferson for the conversation and the Tigers take a 21-14 lead,on a 11 play,77 yard drive keyed by a 4&1 fake kick,23 yard run by Deangelo Peterson to the Bama 3. After a McElroy fumble forced by Nevis and recovered by Peterson on the Bama 28, LSU offence only moved six yards,but that wass good enough for a 39 yard field goal by Josh Jasper to increase the LSU lead to 24-14 with 5:34 to play.The Tide rally down the field 74 yards capped off by a McElroy to Jones connection from 9 yards out with 3:23, and it was time for the Bama Defense to give the Tide one more chance. Jordan Jefferson had probably his best game of the season got knocked out late and Jarrett Lee under limited playing time would step in and ice the game on 3&13 airing it out hiting Rueben Randle for 47 yards to the Bama 33. Bama got the ball back with :18 and no times and the Tigers hold on. LSU hosts Louisiana Monroe for Homecoming Saturday and Alabama will host #17 Mississippi State.