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Alabama defeats LSU 55-17, clinches SEC title game berth

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones throws the football against LSU
photo via Alabama athletics

Alabama football defeated LSU 55-17 to clinch a spot in the 2020 SEC Championship game Saturday.

This was the Tide’s ninth win of the season. Alabama’s offense operated in normal high-octane fashion. Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris all put together masterful performances. Jones threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns on 20 completions. Smith finished the night with eight receptions for 231 receiving yards and three touchdowns

Najee Harris added 145 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Alabama’s defense limited the Tigers to 17 points. Josh Jobe lead the Crimson Tide in tackles with six and had one sack. Will Anderson had five tackles and two sacks, and Malachi Moore finished with five tackles.

It did not take long for Alabama to get rolling on the offensive side of the football. They scored on their first three drives to go up 21-0 in the first quarter. Harris ran in two of those scores, and Jahleel Billingsley pulled in a 24-yard reception. Alabama’s defense kept LSU scoreless through the first quarter.

The Tigers got on the board in the second to cut Alabama’s lead to 14 points. This did not last long as Alabama responded with a drive that lasted only a minute and 18  seconds, which ended in a touchdown reception by DeVonta Smith. LSU’s running back, John Emory pull the Tigers closer to the Tide with a 54-yard rushing score.

Alabama responded to this with three unanswered scores. Smith pulled in two reception touchdowns, and Will Reichard nailed a 30-yard field goal to go up 42-14 heading into half.

Harris got Alabama’s scoring going in the third with an impressive 11-yard touchdown run. The Tigers and the Tide traded field goals in the second half to make the score 55-17.

The Crimson Tide will take on Arkansas on the road next week to close out the season.

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