3Q update: Alabama 21, LSU 14

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama has the lead. Now we'll see if the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide can hold it.

Alabama's offensive line answered the call coming out of halftime and got the kind of push it had in the first quarter. The Tide drove 67 yards in seven plays and took a 21-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.

This is Alabama tailback Glen Coffee's type of game right now, and he was big part of the Tide's go-ahead drive. His 3-yard touchdown run was a reminder of what Alabama likes to do when things get tight: run behind left tackle Andre Smith.

Coffee took the pitch and scored easily after Smith wiped out that side of the LSU defense.

It continues to be a struggle, for LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee. He threw his third interception of the game when he was hit on a corner blitz while throwing.

Lee saw Alabama cornerback Ali Sharrief coming, but didn't get rid of it in time. The ball was batted into the air and intercepted by Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain.

The Tigers ended the third quarter with 10 straight possessions of not scoring. They're also playing without starting center Brett Helms, who suffered a blow to the head.