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Wow, what a game and what a win. I was complaining privately about stuff all throughout the game, but I'm not here to do that. I simply want to point out some numbers that amazed me even though it was one of the things I was complaining about while watching.
LSU appeared to be running over us, right? We seemed to be inept on offense, too. However, I think rushing numbers tell quite a story:
-LSU rushed 46 times for only 139 yards for a 2.8yd average
-Hill did reach 107 yards, but it took 27 carries for a 3.7yd average
-Bama only had 25 total carries. Yes, Hill alone had more carries than Bama as a team
-In those 25 carries, Bama had 30 more yards than LSU and averaged 6.6ypc
I never saw LSU stop us on the ground, and I feel we would have won by double digits if we had chosen to pound the rock and control the game.
This post was edited by WarrX 20 months ago
This, game would have been over early had we commited to the run. The o-line played really well against future 1st rounders!
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Correct. We just got into weird situations and their QB play was excellent in the second half.
Wow. That is interesting. It felt like LSU was just blowing us off the line and running for 3,4, and 5 yards a pop at will. Someone posted earlier and I completely agree. I never understand our running game plan against LSU. It seems backwards from what we normally have success doing.
For what ever reason Saban refuses to run vs LSU
I just can never understand what they are trying to do. Trent use to run all over LSU in between the 20's. Then they would pull him and run Lacy 3 times in a row in the redzone for no gain. Stuff like that which I'm sure they have a purpose for doing...I'm just not smart enough to figure it out.
Coach Saban and staff are the best. However, no one is perfect. Coaches outsmart themselves sometimes. They run 3 times and even though it is successful, they feel like they have to fool the opposition by changing the pace with a pass or substitution. Not much unlike a pitcher who has blown 2 fastballs by a batter and think he needs to throw an off speed pitch to keep the batter guessing. Usually that speeds their bat up and they get a hit. Where they probably couldn't have come close to touching another fastball.
Actually, it was the nearly 300 yards passing by Mett that was killing us. We allowed 10 of 20 on 3rd down conversions!!! Spin it how you want, but that was not a good performance by our defense. Now, some of it was due to the offense going 3 and out so many times and leaving the defense on the field too long.
Bottomline, we played bad. LSU played lights out (outside of Miles stupid calls). And we still won. Even though it was a very nerve wracking game, this will probably help us in the long run having to overcome adversity like that.
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Agree with your last point (adversity), but you are missing a key link in your first point. If we just run the darn ball, our O stays out there more. This does two things:
1 - Our O gets some consistency and it helps AJ and the passing game get in a rhythm.
2 - It rest our D and disrupts the LSU's offensive rhythm - this is a huge portion of why our D is so good.
They talk about Les's bad calls in the game (fake FG, long FG attempt...), but our offensive play calling was just that... offensive. When your backs average almost 7 ypc (Lacy > 7 TJ just uner 7), run the damn ball until they stop you. In the end we did what we needed to do to win and that is all that matters.
This is exactly the point I'm trying to make. If we had run more, we not only would have scored more, but LSU likely would not have had the same success, and our defense would have been more fresh.
Very good post.
3rd down was the most frustrating thing to me. We were stopping them on 1st and 2nd and then giving up shocking 3rd down conversions.
I think those 3 yard carries looked different after they would convert on 3rd and 7.
Definitely not our best called game.
Defensively, we tried to pressure all night w/o sacking Mett. I kept thinking we would drop into coverage and just rush 4.
Offensively, we were crushing them with the run game but we insisted on passing even though AJ was struggling. I think we could've run the ball all night but chose not to for some reason.
Ghost, I will agree it was not one of our best defensive games. However, you have to give Mett and LSU a lot of credit on some of those plays. In many instances our db was in good position, but Mett put the football in the perfect place.
My biggest concern was the lack of pass rush, even off the blitz.
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