Danielson: After LSU got a field goal in the first quarter, the second quarter was all Alabama. AJ McCarron wasn't playing great, but he was playing well enough that 'Bama got two touchdowns in the second quarter and went up 14--3 at halftime. (11) People in the press box were saying they could feel the boa constrictor putting the chokehold on LSU, but I didn't think so. It could have been 14--10 real quick, and then it was a different game.
Silver: I remember saying at halftime that LSU had given their best shot, but they weren't able to knock [Alabama] down. Of course, I was completely wrong.
Jones: We felt pretty good at halftime, like we were starting to get into a rhythm offensively. But we came out kind of flat in the third quarter for some reason.
Danielson: If LSU was going to have a chance, Mettenberger was going to have to be the story—and he had that game. Alabama blitzed him, they zoned him, they manned him; he was getting hit in the face, the chest, the stomach, the chin. (12) And he was completing those balls as he was getting hit. It was beautiful to watch.
Lundquist: He was marvelous in the second half—the surprise of the game. He was in control against the No. 1 defense in the country.
Danielson: In the third, LSU closed the gap to 14--10; then, when the fourth quarter began, Mettenberger made a perfect throw to Jarvis Landry for a TD to put LSU ahead 17--14. (13) Suddenly we have a ball game—even though the Mad Hatter, Les Miles, made some odd calls. I think he got a little too emotional. There was an onside kick, which wasn't an awful call. But the fake [47-yard] field goal was bad. And the long field goal [54 yards, 10 more than Drew Alleman's previous career long] was bad. And the fourth-and-one try [from Alabama's 24, with the lead] was ... weird. He even said after the game, there were a couple of calls he'd like to have back.
Avello: Up in our office, people were asking, What is he doing?
Lundquist: That's why we love him!
Reid: The onside kick was a great call, in my opinion. The ball just took an awkward bounce, and it hit the kicker before it reached 10 yards. If it hadn't taken that bounce, we would have had the ball right back in great field position. Everyone knows what happened next.
Lundquist: Alabama's final drive was amazing. They took over with 1:34 to go. It seemed to me that LSU's corners kind of laid back. And all of a sudden [receiver] Kevin Norwood was open on three straight passes.