KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Arian Foster dived into the end zone with 3:28 left, completing a rally that gave No. 7 Tennessee a 16-13 victory over Alabama on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide nearly kept the Volunteers out of the end zone for the first time this season. The Third Saturday in October, a border-state rivalry dating to 1901, has become a defensive struggle the past two years.
The Tide went ahead 13-6 at the end of the third quarter on Tim Castille's 2-yard run, which was the first touchdown scored in this series in two years.
But Alabama couldn't score again.
Alabama frustrated the normally high-scoring Vols (6-1, 2-1) for the most part, but Tennessee scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for the victory and stayed alive in its chase of Florida for the SEC East division title.
James Wilhoit kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:18 remaining after Tennessee stalled at the Alabama 10 to cut the lead to 13-9.
The Tide had to punt after getting only one first down on its next possession, and Tennessee got the ball back at its 30.
Aided by a pass interference call, the Vols drove into scoring position and it appeared they might have taken the lead when Bret Smith made a catch near the goal line but landed outside the end zone. There was no touchdown signaled, though the officials reviewed the play to see if the ball broke the plane. After looking at a replay, they spotted the ball at the 1 for a 5-yard gain.
Foster leaped over the pile on the next play for the touchdown.
NO. 8 AUBURN 38, TULANE 13
In Auburn, Ala., Brandon Cox passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman Ben Tate rushed for 156 yards to lead Auburn past Tulane.
The Tigers (7-1) were hoping to avoid a letdown after a victory over then-No. 2 Florida last week, and succeeded mostly because of three turnovers in a game featuring short-handed offenses that put up plenty of yards.
Auburn tailback Kenny Irons was held out of the game to rest an injured ankle.
Brad Lester started but played only sparingly, catching a 36-yard pass and rushing for a 2-yard touchdown on the Tigers' opening drive.
Tulane (2-5), which was playing without two injured starters at receiver, has now lost its last 31 games against ranked opponents dating back to 1982.
NO. 15 ARKANSAS 38, MISSISSIPPI 3
In Fayetteville, Ark., Felix Jones returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and Arkansas defeated Mississippi to remain the only team with a perfect Southeastern Conference record.
It was the second consecutive week Arkansas had started the game with a quick touchdown. Darren McFadden scored on a long run on the Razorbacks' first offensive play in a 63-7 win over Southeast Missouri State.
The Razorbacks became bowl eligible. They had missed the postseason the past two years.
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