Monday, November 5, 2018

Schaible: Crimson Tide continues their dominance in rivalry games

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By: Brian Schaible
Twitter: @SBNationReports

“How much does this game mean to you? You go out there and dominate the guy you’re playing against and make his ass quit.” 
These are the words of Alabama coach Nick Saban before his team defeated LSU in overtime in 2008. It was his first victory in the series while in charge of the Crimson Tide. 
Since the 2012 National Championship, Alabama has now won eight straight contests between these longtime combatants. However, never has the rivalry seemed more one-sided than what occurred Saturday night in Baton Rouge after a 29-0 blowout. 
“We really wanted to make a statement in this game,” Saban said. “A lot of people talked about our schedule. The way we were able to control the tempo of the game on offense, I think it took the crowd out of the game. To shut out the team is really a pretty significant accomplishment.” 
Tua Tagovailoa continues to make his case for Heisman glory. With two more touchdown passes and a brilliant 44-yard sprint to the endzone, the sophomore sensation further cemented his place as the top quarterback in the nation. 
While Tua acknowledged after the game that he mildly tweaked his knee on the touchdown run, he confirmed that an early injury scare was not at all associated with his apparent limp. In fact, while the nation held its collective breath as Tua remained on the ground for about two minutes, it turns out he just took a shot to the nuts. 
“He hit me in the goodies. Whew, that hurt,” Tagovailoa said. “That hurt for a minute. I couldn’t breathe for a second.” 
While LSU quarterback Joe Burrow managed to avoid any hits below the belt, he was constantly under pressure from the suffocating Crimson Tide defense. 
“We made adjustments but they just didn’t work,” Burrow said. “When you’re playing a team like that it really just comes down to heart and they had more of it tonight.” 
LSU tallied just 12 yards rushing largely because of Quinnen Williams who was causing havoc all over the field. The sophomore defensive end tallied ten tackles and two and a half sacks on the night. 
“The dude went off,” linebacker Dylan Moses said. “Quinnen is a beast or a dog or whatever you want to call him. He’s that man. I respect, I love him, he’s a great teammate.” 
With two losses and no path to the SEC Championship, LSU’s playoff possibilities are all but eliminated. 
“That’s not a very good night. We have to move forward,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said.