With misfired and dropped passes, LSU aerial attack continues to sputter _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU's offensive line is well aware of Bama's defensive front.

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims passed six yards to DeAndrew White on second-and-goal for the go-ahead touchdown to lift the No. 5 Crimson Tide to a 20-13 overtime victory Saturday over No. 15 LSU in Tiger Stadium.

Alabama (8-1, 5-1) overcame a three-point deficit in the final minute of regulation to force overtime on Ryan Griffith’s 27-yard field goal with 3 seconds showing.

LSU (7-3, 3-3) didn’t gain a yard on its offensive series in overtime with quarterback Anthony Jennings throwing four straight incompletions, the final one an attempt for Malachi Dupre in the corner of the end zone.

LSU, which has lost four straight to Alabama, went ahead with 50 seconds to go in the game when Colby Delahoussaye made a 39-yard field goal after the Tigers obtained possession on Kendell Beckwith’s fumble recovery at the Tide’s 6-yard line.

Alabama moved rapidly in 47 seconds, taking 9 plays to cover 49 yards where Griffith tied the game with his 27-yard field goal.

LSU tied the game at 10-all on its opening possession of the third quarter with Delahoussaye booting a 42-yard field goal at the 9:20 mark.

Jennings, just 2 of 10 for 31 yards at halftime, completed both of his pass attempts for 22 yards to ignite the 12-play, 57-yard drive. He also picked up 15 yards on a draw against an oncoming blitz before the drive stalled on fourth-and-six when Dupre was ruled out of bounds on what would have been an 18-yard scoring grab.

Jennings wound up 8 of 26 passing for 76 yards with an interception and touchdown.

Running back Leonard Fournette led LSU’s 183-yard ground game with 79 yards on 21 carries.

LSU’s defense, which turned its best effort of the season, limited Alabama to 315 total yards with 209 coming through the air. The Tigers forced the Tide to punt a season-high nine times.

Sims was 20 of 45 for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns with wide receiver Amari Cooper leading the way with 8 catches for 83 yards.

Defensive back Eddie Jackson’s interception and 19-yard return led to Griffith’s 39-yard field goal with nine seconds left provided Alabama with a 10-7 halftime lead.

Alabama, which gained 138 of its 176 yards in the second quarter, pulled even at 7-all with a 7-play, 51-yard drive that culminated on a 23-yard pass from Sims to Cooper, who turned a short slant pass into a scoring play after breaking the tackle of Jalen Mills.

LSU took advantage of favorable field position following Tre’Davious White’s 18-yard punt return to Alabama’s 41-yard line.

The Tigers ran the ball on six straight plays until facing third-and-eight where Jennings perfectly lofted a 14-yard pass to Dupre who caught the pass with his left hand and got his right foot inbounds with 2:07 left in the first quarter.

Dupre was originally ruled out of bounds on the play but a booth review reversed the call.

What you need to know

1) On Alabama’s second-quarter touchdown – a 23-yard pass from Blake Sims to Amari Cooper – the Tide took advantage of the man coverage of Jalen Collins, who was given no help underneath to take away the slant pattern.

2) Because of Anthony Jennings’ to run the ball more in the second half Alabama was forced to change its coverage from man to man to zone.

3) LSU senior fullback Connor Neighbors caught his first pass of the season – a 12-yard completion – on the Tigers first drive of the third quarter.

4) LSU’s offense generated 183 rushing yards on 53 carries against Alabama, which ranked second nationally with 78 yards allowed.

5) LSU ran 24 offensive plays for 102 yards in the third quarter compared to Alabama’s 5 plays for 7 yards.