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November 6, 2011
Week 10 awards: Tigers' Reid is tops
As LSU wrestled the win away from the Crimson Tide, Reid wrestled away the ball on perhaps the game's key play.
In the fourth quarter, Alabama called a reverse pass for wide receiver Marquis Maze from LSU's 28-yard line. Maze heaved the ball downfield to tight end Michael Williams, who appeared to be wide open. But Reid broke on the ball and closed in time to wrestle the ball away from Williams at LSU's 1.
"I was covering my guy and I saw the tight end running free," Reid told TigerBait.com. "I went for him. I got my hands on the ball first and he tried to take it away from me."
[Forde: LSU 'D' clamps down to win classic]
Reid also had six tackles and a tackle for a loss on top of the interception to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. Reid also picked up a blocked field goal in the second quarter, returning it 26 yards.
On a defense with ballhawking cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne, Reid often is overlooked. But he has been steady all season and ranks second on the team with 49 tackles. Reid has two interceptions and two forced fumbles in the past three games.
Louisville freshman Teddy Bridgewater was 21-of-27 for 246 yards with a touchdown in the Cardinals' 38-35 upset. The win was Louisville's first over West Virginia since 2006 and first victory in Morgantown since 1990.
Bridgewater's career as a starter began three consecutive losses, to Marshall, North Carolina and Cincinnati. Since then, Louisville has won three consecutive Big East games for the first time in five seasons.
NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Eric Reid delivered the game's most important play, and LSU's defense was the story. In a game that didn't include a touchdown, neither defense could afford to bend.
LSU's rarely did. The Tigers held Alabama to a season-low 96 rushing yards and 199 passing yards to earn Chavis - a longtime SEC assistant known as "Chief" - Rivals.com National Coordinator of the Week honors.
Trent Richardson's 89 rushing yards were the most by any opposing running back against LSU all season, but the Tigers' defense clamped down on him late in the game. Only seven of Richardson's 23 carries went for longer than 3 yards, and only two of those came in the second half.
[Wetzel: Miles flips script, LSU sinks Alabama]
"We started off shaky on defense," LSU safety Brandon Taylor told TigerBait.com. "We gave up some big plays. We got things corrected at halftime. They got the ball inside the 20 a few times and we held them. When they got the ball close, we just had to pin our ears back and play football."
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