Saturday, November 5, 2011
Special teams killing Alabama
By Chris Low
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Remember that special-teams advantage LSU supposedly had coming into this game?
So far, it's the part of the game that has kept the Tigers in this game.
Alabama has missed three field goals, the last a 49-yarder that was blocked by LSU's Bennie Logan.
Cade Foster missed the first two (a 44-yarder and 50-yarder), and the Tide gave Jeremy Shelley a shot on the third one. The results were even worse. Logan blocked it, and Eric Reid returned it to the Alabama 48.
Missing out on nine potential points is one thing, but there's also an emotional punch to the gut when you move within striking distance three times and come up empty all three times.
The game's scoreless, but LSU has to feel like it's ahead at this point.