Alabama responds with clutch drive

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Greg McElroy is getting pretty good at these clutch drives.

Alabama, putting together perhaps a championship-saving drive, marched 74 yards in nine plays, and McElroy delivered a 9-yard touchdown strike to Julio Jones, who had Patrick Peterson draped all over him.

LSU brought pressure several times, one of those a corner blitz, but McElroy stood in there and the protection was excellent.

It's exactly the kind of drive that helped Alabama survive last season at Auburn and the score brought the Crimson Tide to within three points of the Tigers.