The Tide scored an easy victory against Arkansas State 35-0, then it was on to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a date with the Tigers of Louisiana State.
Nick Saban had once been the coach for LSU, but a turn of events landed him at the helm of Alabama, enraging Tiger fans. Everyone in Baton Rouge had the date circled for when Nick would return since he landed the Tide job, and that day had finally come for them. Death Valley was rocking as Saban and his No. 1 Tide team entered the Stadium.
The first score of the game came when John Parker Wilson rushed for a yard to make it 7-0 Alabama, but Tiger Stadium erupted as LSU scored twice, once on a pass to Demetrius Byrd and the other on a Charles Scott rush of 30 yards, to make it 14-7 in favor of the Tigers. The second quarter brought a Tide touchdown when Rashad Johnson intercepted LSU QB Jarrett Lee and returned it 54 yards for the score.
It was all tied up at 14 apiece going into the half. Death Valley was ready to live up to its name of being the place where great teams lose.
The third quarter saw Alabama's Glenn Coffee rush for three yards and a touchdown, but in the fourth it was LSU's Charles Scott again who would rush for a touchdown and the tying score. 21-21 near the end of regulation, and the Tide elected to kick a very short field goal to win the game. Death Valley was deafening as Leigh Tiffin lined up to kick the field goal to win the game, but the kick was blocked and Death Valley exploded in excitement. The game was headed to overtime.
LSU received first possession and gained four yards in two plays before Jarrett Lee was intercepted by Rashad Johnson once again (pictured above), and this time it decided the game, as Alabama came out on their next drive and went three plays for the game-winning touchdown and the Tide were victorious.