TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Le'Ron McClain grabbed a 2-yard
touchdown pass from John Parker Wilson in overtime to lift Alabama
to a 26-23 win over Mississippi on Saturday, the Crimson Tide's
second consecutive last-play victory against Ole Miss.
The Rebels (2-5, 1-3) Southeastern Conference) got the ball
first in OT but had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Joshua
Shene after Alabama's Keith Saunders dropped Mico McSwain for a
loss on third-and-2 at the 17.
Alabama (5-2, 2-2) had first-and-goal at the 3 after a 1-yard
sneak by Wilson, but Ole Miss twice stopped fullback Tim Castille
short of the end zone. On third-and-goal from the 2, McClain, the
fullback, slipped past a defender and into the open in the middle
of the end zone, where Wilson softly tossed him the ball for the
The play set off a wild celebration, with the Crimson Tide
sprinting off the sideline to swarm McClain and Wilson in the end
Jaime Christensen, who beat Ole Miss 13-10 with a 31-yard field
goal as time expired last year, kicked two 26-yarders this year,
and Wilson also threw a 39-yard scoring pass to D.J. Hall, who had
five catches for 119 yards. Wilson completed 16 of 28 passes for
206 yards without an interception.
Kenneth Darby ran for a season-high 162 yards on 25 carries for
the Tide, and Tim Castille capped an 80-yard drive, nine-play drive
with a 2-yard touchdown run.
With his team trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter,
Mississippi's Brent Schaeffer threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to
Mike Wallace to tie it at 20 with 8:21 remaining. The Rebels'
defense then held Alabama twice to force overtime.
Shene also had field goals of 36 and 23 yards for the Rebels.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 56 yards on 21 carries with a TD
for Ole Miss and Schaeffer was 13-of-20 passing for 163 yards and
Alabama coach Nick Saban took exception with the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia, lashing out at those who "buried" the Crimson Tide.
Despite a 1-4 start to the season and a 7-11 record since taking over at Texas, coach Charlie Strong has ongoing support from school officials and key boosters, according to several sources.
Auburn senior receiver D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team.
Questions are being raised about the transparency of the daily fantasy industry after a DraftKings employee won $350,000 in a weekend contest on FanDuel.
As much confidence as LSU coach Les Miles expresses in the abilities of his receivers, he has apparently decided to see if the threat of lost playing time sharpens their focus.
Michael Brewer, originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks, broke his left collarbone in the Hokies' season-opening loss to No. 1 Ohio State.