LSU vs. Alabama: Five memorable games

LSU holder Brad Wing grabs place-kicker Drew Alleman after his game-winning field goal against Alabama on Nov. 5, 2011.

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG

The last six meetings with Alabama have not produced great memories for the Tigers, but they have had plenty of stirring victories over the Crimson Tide over the years. Here’s five to remember:

Nov. 8, 1969

LSU 20, Alabama 15

Allen Shorey scores two TDs and converts a crucial last-minute fourth down as Charles McClendon becomes Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first former player to beat him in the regular season. “Coach,” McClendon says, “this has been a long time coming.” “I know it, Mac,” Bryant replies, “but don’t ever think I like it.”

Nov. 6, 1993

LSU 17, Alabama 13

A headline in that day’s Mobile Register: “Tide could lose, pigs might fly.” LSU (3-5) is a 25-point underdog in Tuscaloosa to No. 5 Alabama, riding a 31-game unbeaten streak. After a scoreless first half, Jay Johnson and Robert Toomer score on 2-yard runs to trigger LSU’s most stunning upset ever.

Nov. 4, 2000

LSU 30, Alabama 28

Alabama’s 14-0-1 unbeaten streak at LSU since 1971 finally comes to an end thanks in part to a scoreboard replay. Alabama is awarded the ball after a bobbled Domanick Davis punt, but replays convince game officials that LSU’s Erin Damond gets it at the LSU 14, helping preserve the Tigers’ 23-21 fourth-quarter lead.

Nov. 3, 2007

LSU 41, Alabama 34

When Nick Saban leaves the Miami Dolphins for Alabama in December 2006, this game becomes the “Saban Bowl.” Tied 34-34 with less than three minutes left, John Parker Wilson fumbles on a Chad Jones sack, setting up Jacob Hester’s winning TD run with 1:26 left. LSU stays on track for the BCS title.

Nov. 5, 2011

LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT)

The first No. 1 vs. 2 regular-season showdown in LSU history is billed as the Game of the Century. It certainly is for the defenses. After Alabama misses a field goal in overtime, Drew Alleman’s 25-yarder wins it. Bama exacts revenge with a 21-0 win in the BCS National Championship Game.

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