Deke: The best defense in college football was supposed to win!
by Deke Bellavia,posted Nov 7 2011 4:12AM
It was dubbed the Game of the Century! The #1 LSU Tigers hit the road at #2 Alabama in a clash of Southeastern Conference Titans Saturday evening. The national media said it would come down to coaching and said that Alabama had the edge in the battle of wits.
Their master was supposed to trump our chief in the biggest chess match of great defenses the game has seen in decades. The Tide’s big horse back was supposed to wear down the much smaller Tigers defense, and the crowd at Bryant Deny Stadium was supposed to make a difference!
The national media said that the Tide had the best defense, and the national media picked the Tide to beat the previously unbeaten and #1-ranked LSU Tigers. Well, as usual, the national media don’t know a damn thang!
Alabama’s rush offense coming into the game was #1 in the SEC, averaging 229.2 yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry. Against LSU, that offense could only generate only 96 yards in thirty-one carries for an average of 3.1 yards per tote. Alabama had the SEC’s #1 offense as well averaging 457 yards per game, but on Saturday night, the Tide rolled to the tune to just 295 yards of total offense.
In the first half of the game Alabama’s offense gained 181 yards on thirty one plays. Heisman candidate Trent Richardson rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries and Richardson also hauled in three receptions for 61 yards, giving him a total of 114 yards on fourteen touches for an average of 8.1 yards per touch.
But the Tigers shut down #3 in the second half of the game as well as the Tide offense. LSU allowed a meager 114 yards on twenty-nine plays for an average of 3.9 yards per play. And Mr. Richardson was not treated nicely by the LSU defense, the best defense in the land.
Richardson carried the ball 12 times for 36 yards and hauled in two receptions for 19 yards, giving him a total of 55 yards on fourteen touches in the second half of the game. Not bad for a defense that was supposed to be worn down by the Tide’s workhorse running back!
In a game that was 9 to 6 there could not have been that many big plays, right? Really? What about just in the second half of the game alone. What about Brad Wing’s seventy-three yard punt? Or how about when Eric Reid leaped out of the sky and saved the Tigers SEC and BCS Title Hopes by jacking an Alabama Receiver. Or how about Brandon Taylor’s stop on Trent Richardson, which eventually led to Alabama being faced with a third and 20!
The national media said the best defense in college football was supposed to be a difference in the game, and the best defense in the nation was. Now talks of a rematch in early January will become the hot topic of discussion…And that possible rematch could be more likely, than not especially, if the Pokes from Stillwater and the Trees from Palo Alto should fall!
But should and if that rematch takes place it will be on our turf! In the boot and in the dome where the Tigers have won the last two national titles played in the Big Easy! And it will be in front of a crowd that will be strongly slated to those who care, cheer and love Purple and live Gold.