TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football didn’t have its best game along the offensive line against LSU, and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban believes it led to multiple issues for the offensive unit.
LSU consistently put eight men in the box, which thwarted Alabama’s running game and made it difficult for the Crimson Tide’s passing game. Alabama beat LSU 24-10 to extend its streak to seven straight wins over the Tigers, but it wasn’t pretty in the trenches for the Crimson Tide.
“We didn’t do a good job of blocking them up front,” Saban said Monday. “I don’t think we did a good job of getting movement in the running game, which affected our ability and consistency in the running game. And when they created pass situations, we had far too many third-and-longs, which you put yourself in situations where people are pinning their ears back. They have some guys that can rush. They have good speed. And we didn’t do a good enough job of blocking them. That’s something that we need to improve on.”
Alabama entered the LSU contest averaging nearly 300 rushing yards per game, but managed just 116 yards on 36 attempts (3.2 yards per attempt).
LSU sacked Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts 4 times and flushed him from the pocket on several other occassions, but Saban doesn’t believe it was on the sophomore quarterback.
“I can’t really fault Jalen for anything he did or didn’t do in the pocket,” Saban said. “Nor do I think he should have just done something differently to avoid those things. I think, basically, he has to have the time to operate. We had a couple of occasions where we had guys really open and we got sacked very quickly, where we didn’t even have a chance to let the play develop. Those are some of the areas that I think we need to definitely improve on.”
Alabama converted only 5 of 14 third-down attempts in large part due to being in third-and-long situations.
Alabama left guard Ross Pierschbacher credited LSU’s defense for making it tough, but said Alabama’s offensive line must play better going forward.
“I just think they played us well and had a good scheme coming in,” Pierschbacher said. “I think we missed some blocks here or there, which led to [our offense] getting in those tough third-and-long situations, where it’s just hard, you know, percentage[-wise] to get a first down, for anyone, no matter how good you are. I just think they did a good job and we need to do better.”
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