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Nick Saban shocked me in this game. I normally have been talking to my wife or my father, explaining what I would do if I were the coach, and the person calling plays has done exactly what I would have done.
Tonight was different, the first time being when 'Bama chose not to punt and opted for a 50-yard FG attempt after Foster had already missed a 44-yarder.
'Bama responded on the next LSU possession with a pick on third down. I breathed a little easier then, hoping for a scoring drive. I was not disappointed. Shelley hung a 34-yard FG on the vaunted LSU defense.
I hoped for the best after that. 'Bama appeared to be dominating LSU in terms of scoring opportunities, even if they were just three-point opportunities. We weren't taking drives to the end zone, but we seemed to be crossing midfield at will.
I had high hopes, and they were just dashed. LSU got into the red zone on their next drive. 'Bama stiffened, and LSU settled for a 3-3 tie going into halftime. Recent memories of third- and fourth-quarter play came to mind, and I was hopeful once again.
However, 'Bama just couldn't get it together. Injuries to Maze, B. Jones, and Kirkpatrick seemed like they were going to make the difference in the game, and they did.
Maze wasn't mobile enough to field a punt at the 40 that ended up at the 19, which gave LSU a recorded 72-yard punt.
What looked like good field position was anything but. 'Bama played a great game, holding the No. 1 team in the country to a 6-6 tie in regulation. Overtime is something I would rather not discuss, but LSU essentially had our number.
They (and a silly substitution penalty) took us out of FG range on our first OT possession, and kicked a 25-yarder to win in OT.