Bama hangs on to win Saban Bowl, beating LSU in OT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With a heavy police escort, Nick Saban returned to Tiger Stadium wearing crimson. He barely got out of town with Alabama still unbeaten and No. 1.

After the Crimson Tide missed a chip-shot field goal on the final play of regulation, John Parker Wilson scored on a 1-yard sneak in overtime to give Alabama a 27-21 victory over No. 15 LSU on Saturday, clinching a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

The Tide (10-0, 6-0 SEC) has its eyes on a bigger prize, of course, and stayed on course for its first national title since 1992.

LSU, the defending national champion once coached by Saban, was eliminated from the conference race and, in all likelihood, any consideration for a spot in the BCS.

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