No. 1 Alabama Stays Perfect, Just Escapes Tennessee With 12-10 Win
Oct. 24, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -Mammoth Terrence Cody and little Leigh Tiffin saved Alabama's perfect record.
Cody blocked a 44-yard field-goal attempt on the final play, his second blocked field goal in the fourth quarter, and the Crimson Tide escaped with a 12-10 victory over rival Tennessee on Saturday.
Cody broke through the line on the last play and practically ran into Daniel Lincoln's low kick.
Tiffin booted four field goals - including a 50-yarder and a 49-yarder - and the Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) survived Mark Ingram's first college fumble and some problems for the nation's top defense.
Tennessee (3-4, 1-3) kept alive its hopes for Lane Kiffin's first huge victory with Eric Berry's fumble recovery and Jonathan Crompton's 11-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Jones with 1:19 left. Then Tennessee recovered the onside kick.