LSU RB Jeremy Hill 'Haunted' by 2012 Loss to Alabama

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03:  Jeremy Hill #33 of LSU carries the ball against Deion Belue #13 of Alabama at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Halloween is over, and the spookiest time of the year has passed.

But for LSU running back Jeremy Hill, memories of something that happened over a year ago—not just last week—continue to haunt him and give him the chills.

According to ESPN's College GameDay, Hill said that he is still "haunted" by the thought of last year's loss to Alabama, which the Crimson Tide won in Tiger Stadium after a late touchdown pass from AJ McCarron to T.J. Yeldon:

LSU took a three-point lead, 17-14, at the start of the fourth quarter and held it for the next 10-plus minutes. The Tigers defense played a near-perfect quarter of football, and the offense converted a number of timely third downs.

But Drew Alleman missed a 45-yard field goal with 1:34 on the clock, giving McCarron and the offense one more chance to tie or win the game.

The then-junior quarterback drove his team 72 yards in five short plays, capping off the comeback with a 28-yard screen pass to Yeldon for the game-winning score.

Even notoriously dour Nick Saban was left smiling after the performance. "I'm really, really pleased with that last drive," he said, according to the Associated Press. "That's something I'll never forget."

Hill can't forget it either, and he hopes to use that memory as fuel in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. He was one of the many Tigers who played well in the loss, racking up 107 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries against the stingy Alabama defense.

He'll be counted on to repeat that performance on Saturday, especially if the trend of high-scoring winners in GameDay games continues at Bryant-Denny Stadium:

Alabama-LSU kicks of at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS.