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Top-ranked Alabama destroys LSU

LSU’s John Emery

BATON ROUGE — Top-ranked Alabama opened a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter to defeat LSU on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, 55-17.

LSU (3-5) returns to action on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Gainesville to face No. 5-ranked Florida.

Alabama improved to 9-0. Big plays by Alabama’s DeVonta Smith were too much for the Tigers to overcome, as the senior wide receiver caught eight passes for 231 yards including touchdowns of 65, 61 and 20 yards.

After being stopped on a fourth-down try on its first drive, the Tigers scored two second-quarter touchdowns on a 44-yard reception by freshman wide receiver Kayshon Boutte – though he dropped the ball short of the end zone. The ball rolled over the line where LSU’s Jontre Kirklin picked it up and was credited with the touchdown. Less than three minutes later, running back John Emery Jr. ran a career-long 54 yards for a touchdown.

Offensively, both true freshman quarterbacks saw action for LSU. TJ Finley started and completed 14-of-28 passes for 144 yards including the touchdown pass to Boutte, who caught eight passes for 111 yards. Max Johnson entered in the third quarter and completed 11-of-17 passes for 110 yards. Emery’s big run helped him lead LSU with 79 yards on seven carries.

Saturday’s contest was originally scheduled for Nov. 14 but was moved due to LSU’s limited number of players available (COVID-19 contact tracing). Tiger Stadium’s announced attendance was 22,349, as capacity was limited to 25 percent.