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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ALABAMA POST GAME NOTES
WORKING OVERTIME: Tonight's game against LSU went to overtime before deciding a victor. It marked the first Alabama game to require overtime since a 27-21 Alabama victory at LSU on November 8, 2008.
OVERTIME RECORD: With the loss, Alabama is 4-8 (.333) all-time in overtime games. Alabama has lost seven of its last 10 overtime games. The Crimson Tide is 4-7 (.364) in overtime games against SEC teams. Alabama is 2-5 (.287) in overtime home games. The Crimson Tide is 3-5 (.375) in single-overtime games.
THE ALABAMA-LSU SERIES: With the loss to LSU, Alabama's lead over LSU in the series is now 45-25-5. The Tide holds a 21-16-2 mark at home against the Tigers.
LOW SCORING FIRST HALF: Alabama entered the locker room at halftime tied at 3-3, marking the lowest scoring first half in an Alabama game since the Florida State Seminoles and the Crimson Tide went into the intermission scoreless on Sept. 29, 2007. Alabama and LSU ended the first half with 7-3 scores in the previous two meetings before tonight's clash.
GAMES WITH AN INTERCEPTION: With two interceptions against LSU, Alabama has recorded at least one interception in eight of its nine games this season. The only game the Tide did not record a pickoff was against North Texas (Sept. 17). Alabama recorded an interception in 11 of the 13 games in 2010, putting together a run of 18 games with a pick in its last 21 outings. Eight different Tide players have tallied an interception in 2011, with Dee Milliner, Mark Barron and Robert Lester leading the way with two apiece.
ALLOWING 14 POINTS OR LESS: Alabama only allowed 9 points against LSU tonight. Alabama has not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points during the first nine games of the 2011 season and 10 straight games dating back to the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State. The last time Alabama held its opponent to 14 points or less for at least nine straight games was 1992 when the Tide did it that many times to open the season. The school record for consecutive games holding an opponent to 14 points or less is 31 from 1960-63. The Crimson Tide did it in the last three games of the 1960 season and all 11 games of the 1961 and 1962 campaigns before the streak ended in the seventh game of the 1963 season when Mississippi State scored 19 in a 20-19 UA win.
ALLOWING 10 POINTS OR LESS: With the 9 points yielded to LSU tonight, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 31 times since the start of the 2007 season, including seven times in nine games this season. Last season, Alabama held opponents to 10 points or less eight times and limited opponents to that mark seven times in 2009 and 2008. In 2007, the Tide posted two games in which it held opponents to that mark.
FIRST HALF DEFENSE: Yielding only 3 points in the first half against LSU, Alabama has allowed seven points or less in 13 of its last 14 first halves of play. Over that span, the Crimson Tide has surrendered just three points or less on eight occasions, including four shutouts. UA had a streak of nine straight games of allowing seven points or less before allowing 10 points in the first half to Florida on October 1.
RICHARDSON ECLIPSES 1,000 YARDS: With 89 yards rushing on 23 carries, Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson became the 11th Tide player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season as he ended the LSU game with 1,078 yards rushing this season. That marks the 15th time that an Alabama rusher has achieved that milestone. Richardson entered the game with 989 yards on the season and was able to eclipse the coveted benchmark on the first play of the game, running for 18 yards over left end.