By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP National Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 1 LSU gained the inside track to the
BCS title game, beating No. 2 Alabama 9-6 on Drew Alleman's 25-yard
field goal in overtime after a fierce defensive struggle in which
neither team reached the end zone Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide missed four field goals, including Cade
Foster's 52-yard attempt after Alabama got the ball first in the
extra period. LSU appeared to win the game on Michael Ford's run
around left end after taking a pitch, but he stepped out of bounds
at the 7.
After two plays gained nothing, LSU (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern
Conference) sent on Alleman to attempt his third field goal of the
game on third down. Alabama (8-1, 5-1) tried to freeze him by
calling timeout, but he calmly knocked it through to set off a wild
celebration by the visiting team.
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