Alabama scores winning touchdown with less than a minute to go in stunner in Death Valley
PHOTOS: LSU vs. Alabama
A 28-yard touchdown by freshman T.J. Yeldon with :51 left in the game gave Alabama a 21-17 victory over the Tigers and ended LSU's home game winning streak at 22.
Alabama moved the ball 72 yards in five plays to score the win. The Crimson Tide now has a clear path to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta and remains on a solid course to defend its national title in Miami.
The largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history, 93,374 witnessed the game.
"It's tough," Coach Les Miles said after the game. "You know there's a game there, we could have had."
Speaking of his players as a "fighting, hustling group of men," Miles said "there are some sick guys in that (locker) room."
"Our football team seems to play very hard for victory," he said. "This is a very difficult time for them because they give it everything they've got, but they'll do it again."
Zach Mettenberger completed 24 of 35 passes for a career-best 298 yards and a touchdown.
Jeremy Hill carried 29 times for 107 yards and a one-yard touchdown.
Miles was burned while reaching into his bag of tricks. Alabama stuffed a faked field goal. An onside kick failed. And going for it on fourth down in Alabama territory didn't work either.
"I wish I had a couple of my calls back," Miles said. "That's the way it goes."
A representative of the Capital One Bowl reportedly introduced himself to the coach after the game. That game will be played at 1PM ET on January 1 in Orlando.
(With assistance from The Associated Press.)
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