LSU vs. Alabama: What Play Will Change the Game This Year?

Damon YoungCorrespondent IINovember 2, 2011

LSU vs. Alabama: What Play Will Change the Game This Year?

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    One play.

    A big pass, a broken tackle, a pick-six or maybe a punt return for a touchdown.

    Where will the big play come from this week when Alabama and LSU square off?

    There are plenty of players on both sides of the ball that could provide the type of electrifying moment that has separated the teams the past four games.

    Can Trent Richardson ignite his Heisman campaign with a big-time run against the Tigers?

    Will Rueben Randle streak down the sidelines and catch a ball in stride to break the Tide defense?

    Perhaps it will be a defender like Dont'a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, Tyrann Mathieu or Sam Montgomery.

    Usually a big play provides that needed spark. Let's look at the big plays that changed the momentum the past four contests.

2007: Chad Jones Ends Alabama's Upset Bid

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    Late in the fourth quarter Alabama led LSU 34-27.

    The Tide was in position to deliver a knockout and seal an improbable upset of the Tigers.

    Instead, on 4th-and-4 at the Alabama 32, LSU's Matt Flynn hit Early Doucet who shook off a defender and took it in for the tying score.

    Moments later Alabama had the ball and a chance to go down and perhaps win the game.

    Chad Jones had other plans as he burst up the middle to sack John Parker Wilson, force a fumble and set up LSU for the winning score.

    Two plays later Jacob Hester plunged into the end zone to give LSU a 41-34 victory.

2008: Rashad Johnson Takes It to the House

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    LSU was leading Alabama 14-7 and with just under five minutes remaining in the first half, the Tigers had the ball and a chance to increase the lead.

    Unfortunately for them, when Jarrett Lee stepped back to pass he instead found Alabama's Rashad Johnson, who took the interception and raced 54 yards for the tying score before the half.

    Alabama would go on to win in overtime 27-21, but that play was such a big boost to Alabama in that game.

2009: Julio Jones Down the Sideline

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    Trailing 15-13 with 10:37 remaining in the game, Alabama needed a spark.

    They got it when Greg McElroy hit Julio Jones in the flat and he ignited past an LSU defender down the sideline for the lead.

    Alabama converted a two-point conversion and added a field goal later to take down LSU 24-15.

2010: Fourth-Down Surprise

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    Everyone should have known something was up as Les Miles bent down, snagged a blade of grass and ingested it.

    His humbling tradition was a precursor to the biggest play of the 2010 contest.

    LSU was trailing Alabama 14-13 and facing a 4th-and-1 at the Alabama 25. Rather than try and push the ball up the middle or use any other traditional route to gain that one yard, LSU went with a reverse.

    DeAngelo Peterson took the ball around the left end and coasted to the 1-yard line, setting up Stevan Ridley's go-ahead run.

    LSU would go on to win 24-21.