LSU Gets Payback, Wins Nailbiter

Tigers spoil Saban's attempt to beat the team he used to coach
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2007 1:05 AM CST
LSU players Demetrius Byrd, left, and Brandon LaFell, right, celebrate against Alabama during the second half of a college football game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It took yet another thriller, but LSU came out on top of an electric back and forth battle to hand Alabama a 41-34 defeat yesterday, and stick it to former coach Nick Saban in the bargain. Louisiana State squandered an early 17-3 lead, only to surge to victory with two scores in the last three minutes of the game.

"We found a way to win," said LSU coach Les Miles, adding "I've never seen that many mistakes in a game. We'll never play that poorly again." The Tigers' uneven play was cold comfort for prodigal son Saban, whose team also suffered from sloppy play. "It was hard," he said post game, "It's a little like playing someone in your family."