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Alabama football: Keys to Crimson Tide's victory over LSU

KEY PLAYER

Mark Ingram did not score a touchdown. He did, however, set the table for the first two Alabama scoring drives. He accounted for 57 yards on the third-quarter possession that put the Tide ahead 10-7 after trailing at halftime. Then, on the drive following LSU’s final touchdown, he touched the ball eight times for 54 yards during the possession ending with a Leigh Tiffin field goal. Overall, he ran 22 times for 144 yards and caught five passes for 30 yards.

KEY MOMENT

The 73-yard touchdown pitch and catch from Greg McElroy to Julio Jones with the Tide trailing by two in the fourth quarter is a no-brainer. It might not go down as a Daniel Moore painting, but it gave Alabama the lead for good in the SEC West-clinching win.

KEY DECISION

The concerted effort to stretch the field and take the pressure off running back Mark Ingram sparked the Alabama offense. It went from anemic to piling up 452 yards on the SEC’s fourth-best defense with a balance it had been missing for several weeks.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“That’s why we play, to win championships” — Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.

BY THE NUMBERS

25: First-half passes thrown by Greg McElroy, more than he threw in the four entire games earlier this season.

42, 40: Minutes and seconds of game action this season in which Alabama trailed its opponent after falling behind LSU twice for a combined 12:52 Saturday.

2: Time outs called by LSU in a 5-second span in the third quarter after quarterback Jordan Jefferson left the game.

3: Tide drives that started inside the 10-yard line, including two that started on its 1.

199: Edge Alabama held in total yards as it ran up 452 to LSU’s 253.

348: Total career points scored by Tide kicker Leigh Tiffin, whose 10 Saturday broke the all-time school record.

6: Years have passed since Alabama last surrendered a safety. Mississippi tallied one Oct. 18, 2003.

Michael Casagrande

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