The showdown lived up to its billing as a duel between two high-powered offenses and star quarterbacks with President Donald Trump attending. With 11 seconds left on the Crimson Tide's own 29, linebacker Patrick Queen picked off quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the first play of Alabama's drive, handing LSU another chance to score before the break. Jordan Jefferson recovered the ensuing onside kick and LSU could start a celebration eight years in the making.
Alabama fought back in the second half, but Edwards-Helaire scored two crucial fourth-quarter touchdowns to keep the Tigers ahead.
Tua Tagovailoa is starting for No. 2 Alabama against No. 1 LSU, 20 days after having a surgical procedure on his sprained right ankle. Neither found the end zone, but both kept the Lions in the game long enough for the Lions to have a shot at the end.
"As an athlete and just in life", Morgan said, "you should want pressure because that means your life is significant".
Rashod Bateman broke the TCF Bank Stadium record for yards receiving with seven receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown. The first scenario is if Penn State runs the table, and avenges the regular-season loss to what would be an undefeated Minnesota in the Big Ten title game.
LSU outgained Alabama by a slender 559-541. The win was incredible and a milestone for Orgeron, who beat the Tide for the first time as LSU's head coach. Burrow & Co. faced down a 101,000-plus mostly hostile fans and a strong pass rush.
Alabama: Didn't wilt under the adversity of a season previously characterized lopsided wins over teams now unranked. Could be shut out of the playoffs barring some upsets elsewhere, mostly because of that schedule. On the first play of the drive, redshirt senior running back Shannon Brooks fumbled the ball, giving Penn State prime field position to answer back.
Given the stakes, the stage and the production, this was arguably the best game Najee Harris has had in an Alabama uniform. Edwards-Helaire scored three rushing touchdowns and caught another.
LSU: At Mississippi on Saturday night.