The Tide won in a rout, 55-17, to improve to 9-0 on the year. The win clinched the Tide’s 15th SEC West Division Championship, earning them the right to face the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game. Once again, all of this was to be expected.
DeVonta Smith, to no surprise, stole the headlines again. The dynamo wide receiver for the Tide smoked LSU’s secondary for eight catches, 231 yards and three touchdowns. HIs longest reception went for 65 yards and he was targeted 10 times by quarterback Mac Jones. Jones threw for 385 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. THe other touchdown from Jones was tossed to Jahleel Billingsley, who snagged that TD in the first quarter. Jones threw passes to six different receivers on the night.
Najee Harris found the end zone three times on the ground. He scored the game’s first two touchdowns and then picked up the last with 3:39 in the third quarter. Harris went for 145 yards on 21 carries, averaging a nice 6.9 yards per carry.
LSU was led by Kayshon Boutte, who caught eight passes for 111 yards. The lone receiving touchdown was scored by Jontre Kirklin who reeled it in after Boutte accidentally let the ball out of his hand before crossing the plane of the end zone. John Emery Jr. scored on a rushing touchdown and finished with 79 yards on seven carries. T.J. Finley threw for 144 yards on a 14-for-28 day at the office.
The expected results happened here and it’s pretty impossible for anyone to be surprised. After LSU won one of the biggest games of this rivalry’s history last year, the Crimson Tide extracted a measure of revenge here. We don’t know what 2021 will bring for this rivalry, but in any event, it’s the Tide who’ve risen up and gotten the shine this time around.