Bama's Tiffin proves it's not the tape

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - It wasn't about the tape.

No. 2 Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin proved that with his 4-for-4 field goal performance in Saturday's 12-10 win over Tennessee. As he said, the big day "couldn't have come at a better time."

Tiffin and Alabama holder P.J. Fitzgerald were unwittingly thrust into the limelight last week when Steve Spurrier reported to the Southeastern Conference and made public comments about their use of white tape to spot kicks against South Carolina.

That's a 5-yard penalty when officials catch it.

Tiffin made a 50-yarder, a 49-yarder and two more without the tape. Tiffin leads the SEC in scoring and ranks fifth nationally with 84 points. He needs only three points to pass Alabama's all-time leading scorer Philip Doyle.

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