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Saturday, November 8, 2008
Alabama slips past LSU in overtime

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama was far from perfect and looked downright vulnerable at times.

But the No. 1 Crimson Tide found a way to win Saturday night when they weren't at their best, escaping with a 27-21 overtime victory against LSU at Tiger Stadium to clinch the Western Division title.

Alabama (10-0, 6-0 SEC) had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but LSU's Ricky Jean-Francois blocked Leigh Tiffin's 29-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

The Tigers (6-3, 3-3 SEC) took it to the Crimson Tide up front like nobody else has this season. But in the end, they couldn't overcome four interceptions from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Lee.

His final pick came in overtime when he threw into double coverage on third down, and Rashad Johnson was there to collar his third interception of the game in the end zone for a touchback.

Johnson returned his second pick 54 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was the sixth interception Lee has thrown this season that was returned for a touchdown by the opposition.

Alabama didn't waste any time in overtime. Quarterback John Parker Wilson hit freshman receiver Julio Jones for 24 yards on first down and bulled in for the winning touchdown two plays later.