Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa appeared to change the 1st-and-10 play.
DeVonta Smith was able to take advantage of Tagovailoa's astonishing deep ball accuracy, frequently cooking LSU corners with his work at the top of the route and scoring touchdowns of 64 and 85 yards. Alabama was penalized for a personal foul putting the ball on the Tide 13.
Those issues continued into the second quarter as Tagovailoa's first pass of the Tide's seventh offensive series was intercepted by LSU linebacker Patrick Queen with 11 seconds left that allowed Burrow to find Edwards-Helaire for a 13-yard touchdown to go ahead 33-13 at halftime.
Hours before the opening kick at Bryant-Denny Stadium, one LSU Tigers fan had a genius plan to get his sign seen on television when he brought a sign to ESPN's College gameday and held it up. Tagovailoa had a fumble and an interception in the first half.
Best call: Minnesota ran a flea flicker in the second quarter in which both of its wide receivers were wide open.
It's good to be Burrow right now, as he's on track to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft. The LSU defense stepped up again and forced another three-and-out.
Alabama running back Najee Harris' uber-athletic two-touchdown performance, which included a stunning back-shoulder catch for a score, should generate plenty of buzz around his draft hopes. This one came on a 1-yard plunge to make it 33-27 with 14:33 left in the game. He finished with 190 total yards and two total touchdowns, including 146 rushing yards on 19 carries. It was a huge step in the right direction, but probably not enough to overcome an otherwise terrible schedule and really make a push for the top four right now. The two SEC powerhouses scored 34 points in the fourth quarter, with six of the final seven drives ending in touchdowns.
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