LSU vs Alabama : Breaking Down How the Game Was Won by the Tigers

Martin Sondermann@@GamedayreporterAnalyst IINovember 6, 2011

LSU vs Alabama : Breaking Down How the Game Was Won by the Tigers

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    It was labeled as the "Game of the Century" with so much hype and anticipation.  How would it all end up?  Who would win?  Who would have the inside track to the BCS National Championship Game?

    We found out Saturday night.

    An overtime game normally means a thrilling game.  However, after four quarters with no touchdowns, they needed overtime to decide it by yet another field goal. 

    LSU finished the game on a field goal after Alabama missed their fourth field goal of the game. 

    Game of the century?  Probably not...A good defensive battle that even had die-hard fans a little bored at times? Probably...

    Overall, a good defensive battle that probably only proved one thing.  These two teams are pretty evenly matched. 

First Key to How the Game Was Won by LSU: Defense

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    As mentioned, defense was the name of the game.  LSU and Alabama both looked impressive in this area.  Neither team broke the 300-yard mark in offense. 

    LSU managed only 239 yards while Alabama gained just 295.  Both teams forced two fumbles, and LSU only allowed 17 first downs for Alabama, while Alabama only allowed 15 first downs for LSU's offense. 

    Three yards and some dust, blood, sweat and snot.  That pretty much summed up the game. 

Second Key to How the Game Was Won by LSU: Horrible Kicking Game by Alabama

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    Alabama made just two field goals on six attempts.  Without apologizing the old cliché comes to mind: Alabama beat themselves.

    One of the missed field goals was in overtime. 

    What a heart breaking loss for the Crimson Tide.  Make just one more kick sometime in the first four quarters, and this story goes different. 

    As it is, the kicking game turned the tide against Alabama. 

Third Key to How the Game Was Won by LSU: Heart

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    Both teams played with heart, but LSU had just a little more in the tank at the end.  The eye test says that Alabama might be the better team, but the heart test is where it matters.

    LSU now has the inside track to the National Championship Game.  Will Alabama meet them there? 

    Only time will tell.