LSU’s second-quarter touchdown that gave it a 13-point lead was a controversial one.
Three plays before the score, a 16-yard completion from Joe Burrow to Thaddeus Moss put the Tigers on the 1-yard line. A replay showed Moss stepped out of bounds before getting both feet back in bounds and making the catch, but the call on the field of a catch was confirmed.
Later, the SEC released through its @SECOfficiating Twitter account the following: “In #LSUvsBama, if a receiver is forced out of bounds due to contact by a defender, the receiver can re-establish position on the field and make a legal catch. On the play in question, the ruling on the field was the receiver was forced out of bounds by contact.
“By rule, if there is contact between the defender and the receiver, whether or not a player was forced out of bounds is not reviewable. Replay confirmed the receiver reestablished himself and completed the catch.”
Trevon Diggs was defending Moss on the catch.
The touchdown and field goal that put LSU up by 10 in the first 10 minutes of the game was historic in more ways than one.
It was LSU’s first touchdown against Alabama since 2017, given the shutout last season, and it was the Tigers’ first lead against UA since 2014. It was LSU’s first two-possession lead since 2010 and its largest lead in Tuscaloosa since 2007, Saban’s first season at the helm.
It was also the first time UA has trailed by double digits at home since the 2015 loss to Ole Miss.
First of the year
Jaylen Waddle returned his first punt for a touchdown this season. The sophomore fielded a punt inside the 20-yard line and appeared to have his face mask grabbed by an LSU defender. Waddle managed to break loose and sprinted toward the edge where Alabama formed a wall. He followed behind it and went untouched for a 77-yard touchdown.
Waddle returned one punt for a touchdown last year, a 63-yard against the University of Louisiana.
Using his legs, too
While LSU quarterback Joe Burrow stole the show with his arm throwing for 393 yards on 31-for-39 passing and three touchdowns, it was his legs that perhaps made more damage to Alabama’s chances throughout the game. Burrow rushed for a season high 96 yards to assist the Tigers to post the most points scored on an Alabama defense under Nick Saban.
“Joe has a really good handle on what they’re trying to do,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “They have no weaknesses on offense. It’s nothing like what they tried to do a year ago, they do a really good job executing.”
The Crimson Tide were able to sack Burrow five times and forced seven hurries, however, the defensive front left gaping holes up the middle which Burrow capitalized on. The top three leading tacklers for Alabama were all defensive backs in Xavier McKinney (13), Jared Mayden (11) and Trevon Diggs (10) as the ball was in the defensive backfield countless times in the game.
First loss in front of a sitting president
The 46-41 loss to the second-ranked LSU Tigers marked the first time the Alabama Crimson Tide had lost a game in front of a sitting president.
Prior to Saturday’s results, Alabama had beaten Oklahoma 17-0 in 1963 in front of President Kennedy and Georgia 26-23 in 2018 in front of President Trump.
President Trump arrived at Bryant-Denny Stadium a few minutes before kickoff and stayed most of the game.
Edwin Stanton, Michael Southern, Brett Hudson and Carey Reeder contributed to this report.
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