Frustrated LSU comes up empty

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bennie Logan almost snarled with frustration.

Alabama, he said after the top-ranked Tide survived a 21-17 war against No. 5 LSU at Tiger Stadium, wasn't what some have made it out to be.

"They're a good team, don't get me wrong," Logan said. "But to go against a team that everybody is comparing to, you know, an NFL team ... we dominated them from snap to snap. There was just that one play that cost us."

Actually, one might call it one costly drive. Alabama, out of timeouts, went 72 yards on five plays to score the winning touchdown on a 28-yard AJ McCarron-to-T.J. Yeldon screen pass with 51 seconds left.

There was a blown assignment on the wide-open screen, though Tigers who were asked didn't know who was at fault or, more likely, didn't care to throw the culprit under a bus.

Didn't matter. Whoever the guilty party might have been was part of what was otherwise a near-flawless effort by what was probably the better of the two defenses most of the night.

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