Tigers Beat 'Bama in OT


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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