LSU loses first game of season, falling to Alabama 30-16

LSU loses first game of season, falling to Alabama 30-16

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No. 2 LSU's undefeated season ended as the Tigers (7-1, 4-1) fell to No. 4 Alabama (8-1, 5-1) 30-16 Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

The Crimson Tide was able to hold LSU running back and Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette to 31 rushing yards on 19 carries. He only had one touchdown in the fourth quarter to cut Alabama's lead to 30-16. LSU was held to just 182 yards total offense, including just 9 yards in the third quarter.

"I'd like to tell you that there were well blocked holes," Miles said. "I'd like to tell you that we gave Leonard an opportunity to run. I don't know that we did that. We'll have to see. I'm not putting it all on the offensive line either. Maybe some of the things that we did and it may have been Alabama."

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was 6 of 19 for 128 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural to get the Tigers on the board in the first half. Harris also ran the ball five times for 20 yards.

However, Harris threw his first interception of the season on the first play of the second half. The miscue gave the Crimson Tide great field position and led to an Alabama touchdown.

Alabama running back and another Heisman hopeful Derrick Henry had 210 rushing yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns. One of those was a 1-yard touchdown shortly after Harris's interception in the third quarter. Alabama's other running back, Kenyan Drake, finished with 68 yards on 10 carries.

Alabama quarterback Jake Coker was 18 of 24 for 184 yards.

Alabama kicker Adam Griffith made three field goals in the game, including a 55-yarder to end the first half. It tied for the second-longest field goal in Alabama history.

The Tigers now have a five-game losing streak against Alabama, including last year's heartbreaker that went to overtime.

LSU will host Arkansas at Tiger Stadium next week. The Razorbacks beat No. 19 Ole Miss in overtime, 53-52.

Scoring Plays:

Alabama kicker Adam Griffith hit a 22-yard FG. (ALA 3, LSU 0 - 11:08 2nd Qtr)

Alabama running back Derrick Henry rushed 2 yards for a TD. (ALA 10, LSU 0 - 8:51 2nd Qtr)

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris threw to wide receiver Travin Dural for a 40-yard TD. (ALA 10, LSU 7 - 6:12 2nd Qtr)

LSU kicker Trent Domingue hit a 39-yard FG. (LSU 10, ALA 10 - 2:22 2nd Qtr)

Crimson Tide's Griffith kicked a 55-yard FG. (ALA 13, LSU 10 - 0:14 2nd Qtr)

Alabama's Henry ran for a 1-yard TD. (ALA 20, LSU 10 - 13:00 3rd Qtr)

Crimson Tide's Henry rushed 7 yards for a TD. (ALA 27, LSU 10 - 2:47 3rd Qtr)

Alabama's Griffith kicked a 30-yard FG. (ALA 30, LSU 10 - 12:45 4th Qtr)

LSU running back Leonard Fournette rushed for a 1-yard TD. PAT was blocked. (ALA 30, LSU 16 - 9:18 4th Qtr)

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