No. 19 LSU put forth a valiant effort Saturday night, going on the road to face the nation's No. 1-ranked team for the fifth time in history and hanging with Alabama throughout in 24-10 defeat.
The Baton Rouge native and No. 1-ranked linebacker in the 2016 class took several visits to LSU before he eventually inked his papers to join Alabama previous year.
The teams first met on the field in 1895 and continuously since 1964, and Alabama now holds a 51-25-5 record over LSU. He did not turn the ball over, while also leading the team in rushing with 44 yards on 14 carries.
Alabama led 21-3 with 2:55 to play in the third quarter.
Hurts scrambled for a first down to the Alabama 43, but the Tide was stopped at midfield when Corey Thompson chased down Hurts three yards short of the first-down marker on third-and-10. Williams took a direct snap in what many refer to as a "Wildcat" formation made so famous in college football by coach Houston Nutt at Arkansas. The play set up a two-yard touchdown run by Williams to make it 21-10 late in the third quarter.
But Etling came right back, completing passes of 13 yards to wide receiver Stephen Sullivan and 21 and 23 yards to Chark for that first and goal at the Alabama 5. He was replaced by Myles Brennan, who completed 3-of-5 throws for 18 yards.
Danny Etling hit 12-of-26 passes for 137 yards and an interception that led to Alabama's second touchdown. Alabama needed only drive 37 yards in four plays for the score because of Etling's early Christmas present. The Crimson Tide, who were averaging almost 300 rushing yards per game, only ran for 62 yards in the opening half.
On the day of LSU vs. Alabama 2017, the front page of The Tuscaloosa News' sports section Saturday exclaims, "THIS IS BAMA TERRITORY".
Still, Alabama did enough to gain control in the opening 30 minutes.
Led by the improvisational talents of Hurts, Alabama broke through late in the third quarter.
In the second quarter from 9 yards out, Bo Scarbrough darts into the end zone for a second touchdown! And the Tigers could not punch it in, settling for a field goal and 14-3 deficit midway in the second quarter.
Alabama was ranked No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff rankings behind Georgia, which clinched the SEC East with a 24-10 victory against SC. He was carted to the locker room after a stop at Alabama's medical tent.