Alleman kicks top-ranked LSU past No. 2 Alabama

LSU 9, Alabama 6

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Louisiana State University 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, LSU (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) sent out Alleman to attempt his third field goal 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.

The crowd of more than 100,000 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium – most of them dressed in crimson – sat in stunned silence as LSU celebrated its victory in only the 23rd regular-season matchup between the top two teams in The Associated Press rankings.

LSU still must win its last three regular-season games but are the clear favorite after winning another huge road game.

Alabama will long be moaning about how this one got away. Foster missed two first-quarter field goals, and Jeremy Shelley had one blocked before Shelley finally made one from 34 yards.

BATTLE FOR NO. 1

The No. 1 team entering the battle of 1 vs. 2 has won 28 of 46 meetings, including four of the past five:

Nov. 5, 2011: No. 1 LSU 9, No. 2 Alabama 6

Jan. 10, 2011: No. 1 Auburn beat No. 2 Oregon 22-19, BCS National Championship

Jan. 7, 2010: No. 1 Alabama 37, No. 2 Texas 21, BCS National Championship

Dec. 5, 2009: No. 2 Alabama 32, No. 1 Florida 13, SEC Championship

Jan. 8, 2009: No. 1 Florida 24, No. 2 Oklahoma 14, BCS National Championship

Source: Associated Press

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