Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- LSU has a 7-3 halftime lead over Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium. As expected, the two defenses have dominated.
LSU ended an Alabama threat right before the end of the half when linebacker Kelvin Sheppard intercepted a Greg McElroy pass inside the 10.
Here’s a first-half analysis:
Turning point: Alabama appeared to have LSU running back Charles Scott stopped on a third-and-2 play from the Alabama 45 early in the second quarter. But Scott kept his legs churning and powered his way for 4 yards and a first down to keep the drive alive. Five plays later, the Tigers scored the only touchdown of the first half on Jordan Jefferson’s 12-yard pass to Deangelo Peterson.
Stat of the half: Alabama opened with seven straight pass attempts and threw the ball on nine of its first 10 plays from scrimmage to start the game.
Player of the half: Jefferson was able to avoid the Alabama pressure and make some plays passing and running. He had a 15-yard scramble on a third-and-7 play to keep alive the Tigers’ touchdown drive. He was also 8-of-14 passing with the touchdown and made all the right decisions.