TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Derrick Henry ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns and No. 7 Alabama's defense smothered Leonard Fournette in a 30-16 victory over No. 4 LSU on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) physically dismantled the previously unbeaten Tigers (7-1, 4-1) in the second half. It was a physical, no-frills performance days after some questioned the team's No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking. LSU came in at No. 2 in the CFP ranking and in control of its own fate.
Henry led the way with 38 punishing carries in a game where he took second billing. The nation's leading rusher, Fournette gained only 31 yards on 19 carries. His previous season low was 154 yards against Western Kentucky.
Alabama's SEC title chances got a boost even before kickoff when Arkansas beat No. 19 Mississippi 53-52 in overtime. The Rebels are the only team to have beaten the Tide.