BATON ROUGE, La. — Jayden Daniels ran for 25-yard landing in additional time after which discovered Mason Taylor for a do-or-die 2-point conversion, and Fifteenth-ranked LSU defeated No. 6 Alabama 32-31 on Saturday night time to offer first-year Tigers coach Brian Kelly his first victory over Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
The shocking victory in a riveting sport that included six second-half lead adjustments and a tying discipline objective by Alabama within the 30 seconds additionally gave LSU (7-2, 5-1 Southeastern Convention) management of the SEC West Division with two league video games remaining.
Alabama (7-2, 4-2) possible noticed its hopes of qualifying for the School Soccer Playoff evaporate with a second defeat. No two-loss staff has certified for the top-four discipline for the reason that CFP’s inception in 2014.
The Crimson Tide started additional time with the ball and took a 31-24 lead on Roydell Williams’ second landing of the sport.
However Daniels wanted only one play in additional time to attain and drive a choice by Kelly to attempt to tie it with a kick or let Daniels attempt to win it.
“I simply love the best way our guys competed. I didn’t wish to maintain getting in additional time,” Kelly stated as jubilant followers stormed onto the sector. “It simply felt prefer it was the suitable time to attempt to win the sport.”
Jayden Daniels (left)AP
Alabama, favored by almost two-TDs, misplaced in Tiger Stadium for the primary time since 2010. Kelly, who as Notre Dame’s coach misplaced to Saban and Alabama twice in school soccer’s postseason, turned the coach to interrupt that streak within the first 12 months of a 10-year contract price almost $100 million.
“To return right here and restore the satisfaction and custom of this program simply means a lot,” Kelly stated. “It simply feels so good to return the religion and belief that they’ve given to me.”
Daniels handed for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and in addition ran for 95 yards and a rating.
Alabama’s Bryce Younger handed for 328 yards and one landing, and in addition was intercepted.
There have been three lead adjustments within the ultimate 4:44, beginning when Younger narrowly escaped a sack, rolled proper and located Ja’Corey Brooks for a 41-yard landing.
LSU went again in entrance 24-21 with 1:47 left in regulation when Daniels hit Taylor at the back of the top zone for a 7-yard rating.
However Younger drove Alabama to the LSU 28 and Will Reichard’s 46-yard discipline objective with 21 seconds left tied it.
LSU then selected to expire the clock.
Alabama took its first of two fourth-quarter leads with the assistance of face masks and defensive holding penalties by LSU that negated what would have been a third-down sack on the Tigers 36.
After Jahmyr Gibbs’ 14-yard run to the two, Williams barreled in to make it 15-14 after a failed 2-point conversion with 12:37 to go.
LSU responded by driving contained in the Alabama 15, however the Tide snuffed out Daniels’ third-down keeper, limiting the Tigers to Damian Ramos’ 32-yard discipline objective with 6:52 to go.
Alabama took its first lead on Will Reichard’s third discipline objective of the sport, concluding a third-quarter drive on which Alabama twice transformed on fourth-and-short on runs by Williams.
A crowd of about 102,000 turned Demise Valley into “Deaf Valley” with ear-splitting roars that appeared to ship vibrations coursing by way of the almost century-old stadium.
The Tigers wound up scoring first when John Emery Jr. turned a brief Daniels go right into a 30-yard landing, high-stepping towards the objective line as former LSU basketball nice Shaquille O’Neal pointed at him approvingly from the close to sideline.
LSU took a 7-6 lead into halftime.