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In game: Fumbles hurt LSU in the first half (GIFs)

Graham Watson
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LSU trails Alabama 17-14 at halftime, but LSU should have had the lead.

LSU fumbled twice in the first half – once walking into the end zone and once on a botched snap – which led to three points and a strong change of momentum.

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On LSU’s first drive of the game, fullback J.C. Copeland had an easy walk-in touchdown off the left side. So easy that he forgot to secure the ball and had it stripped by Tana Patrick. Landon Collins recovered the fumble at the Alabama 10-yard line. While Alabama didn’t turn the play into points, it took away a key touchdown early in the game in a hostile environment.

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On the Tigers’ next drive, there was a miscommunication between quarterback Zach Mettenberger and his offensive line and the ball was snapped into Mettenberger’s stomach before he was ready and it fell into a swarm of Alabama defenders.

Alabama turned the next possession into a field goal to take the early lead.

Two miscues from LSU on road constituted a 10-point swing. The Tigers are playing well, especially on offense, but can’t afford to keep beating itself, especially in a hostile environment.

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