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           === No. 1 Alabama escapes Death Valley 9-0 on late TD ===
 
 Baton  Rouge, LA  (Sports Network) - A.J.  McCarron turned it on when his team
 needed him the most.
 
 The  junior quarterback  tossed a  go-ahead,  28-yard touchdown  pass to  T.J.
 Yeldon  with  less than a  minute remaining  to lift No.  1 Alabama to a 21-17
 triumph  over  fifth-ranked  LSU  in  a  rematch  of  last  season's  national
 championship game.
 
 Drew  Alleman  missed a 45-yard  field goal that would  have given LSU a 20-14
 lead with 1:34 left, but instead gave the Crimson Tide possession at their own
 28.
 
 McCarron,  who  was just 1-of-7  for zero yards in  the second half before the
 final  drive,  found his rhythm  as he hit  Kevin Norwood on three consecutive
 plays to move Alabama to the LSU 28.
 
 After  a  pass intended for Norwood  in the end zone fell incomplete, McCarron
 swung a screen pass out to Yeldon, who juked a defender and scampered 28 yards
 into  the end zone to give Alabama the decisive advantage with 51 ticks on the
 clock.
 
 "He  was  locked in.  He's always locked  in every game,  but it was something
 different  this  time, this  drive," Alabama  running back  Eddie Lacy said of
 McCarron.  "I mean, he  knew he had to make plays. He got the plays in. He did
 exactly  what he  was supposed to do,  made the right reads and made the right
 passes. You can't ask for anymore from A.J. McCarron."
 
 The  Tigers had  one final  try, but  Zach Mettenberger  was sacked  by Damion
 Square to end the game and keep the Crimson Tide's undefeated season alive.
 
 McCarron  finished  14-of-27 for  165 yards  and a score,  while Lacy added 83
 yards  and  a touchdown  on  11  carries for  Alabama  (9-0,  6-0 SEC),  which
 has  claimed four  of the  last  six meetings  against LSU,  including a  21-0
 victory in last year's national title game.
 
 Mettenberger  completed 24-of-35  passes for  a  career-high 298  yards and  a
 touchdown  and Jeremy  Hill added 107 yards  and a score on 29 carries for the
 Tigers  (7-2,  3-2), who  had their school-record  22-game home winning streak
 snapped.
 
 "It's  tough. We gave  it a great effort and played our heart out," Hill said.
 "It's  tough getting  a loss like this,  but the guys did a great job tonight.
 Once you know you gave a great effort, it's not that bad of a loss. We have to
 regroup  tomorrow and see  what we did wrong and get back on for the game next
 week."
 
 Alabama  led 14-3  at the break, but  the Tigers began their comeback on their
 second possession of the third quarter.
 
 Mettenberger  went 3-for-3  on the 13-play, 58-yard drive, including a 10-yard
 strike to Jarvis Landry on 3rd-and-7 to the Alabama 1.
 
 Hill  then finished off  the march with a 1-yard TD plunge to bring LSU within
 14-10 midway through the third.
 
 LSU  attempted  an onside kick, but  James Hairston touched the ball before it
 traveled 10 yards, giving Alabama possession at the LSU 44.
 
 Yeldon  then ripped off four straight runs down to the LSU 10, but the running
 back  was unable to  handle the handoff from McCarron on the next play and Sam
 Montgomery pounced on the loose ball for the Tigers.
 
 Mettenberger  found J.C.  Copeland for  42  yards on  the second  play of  the
 ensuing LSU drive and then hit Landry for 23 more on 3rd-and-7.
 
 Two plays later, Mettenberger floated a fade into the front left corner of the
 end zone and Landry leaped over a defender and hauled in the 14-yard touchdown
 to give the Tigers a 17-14 lead with just under 13 minutes left in the game.
 
 After  a  three-and-out from the  Crimson Tide,  LSU marched deep into Alabama
 territory,  but Spencer Ware  was stacked up at the line on 4th-and-1 from the
 Alabama 24 to keep it a three-point game.
 
 Alabama  went three-and-out  on its next possession, but LSU again left points
 on the board when Alleman missed his 45-yard field goal attempt.
 
 Earlier  in  the game, Alleman buried  a 38-yard field  goal to give LSU a 3-0
 lead  on the Tigers' second possession of the game, but Alabama answered early
 in the second with an 11-play, 92-yard scoring march.
 
 McCarron  went 4-for-4  on the drive, including an 11-yard strike to Christion
 Jones on 3rd-and-6 down to the LSU 7.
 
 Lacy  then bulled through the middle of the line on the next play for a 7-yard
 TD run and a 7-3 Alabama advantage.
 
 LSU  again left  points on the board on  its next drive, as the Tigers faked a
 field goal on 4th-and-12 from the Alabama 30.
 
 Holder  Brad Wing tossed  a pass to Alleman, who was swallowed up for a 2-yard
 loss to give possession back to the Crimson Tide.
 
 Alleman  missed  a 54-yarder on LSU's  next possession with just over a minute
 remaining and McCarron led Alabama on a 6-play, 63-yard scoring drive.
 
 A  pass interference call  moved the Crimson Tide inside the red zone and with
 16  seconds remaining, McCarron stepped up in the pocket and rushed nine yards
 into  the end  zone to send the Crimson  Tide into the locker room with a 14-3
 lead.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Alabama  holds a  47-25-5 advantage  in the  all-time series  ... Alabama  had
 scored  30-plus points in its last eight games and at least 20 points in every
 first  half this  season ... LSU hadn't  lost at home since a 13-3 decision to
 No.  1 ranked Florida in 2009 ... The Tigers fell to 6-1 when they have a 100-
 yard  rushing game  ... The attendance at  the game was 93,374, which is a new
 Tiger Stadium record.
 
 11/04 03:30:51 ET