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Alabama surges late to book return trip to SEC title game

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By Associated Press
Sunday, November 8, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. -- No. 3 Alabama picked up another dramatic win and a second straight trip to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Julio Jones caught a 73-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Leigh Tiffin booted a 40-yard field goal with 3 minutes 4 seconds left to seal a 24-15 victory for the Crimson Tide against No. 9 LSU on Saturday.

The Tide (9-0, 6-0) earned a rematch with No. 1 Florida for the league championship in a physical game that left the Tigers (7-2, 4-2) without quarterback Jordan Jefferson and running back Charles Scott for most of the second half.

The win touched off another big celebration for Alabama, which survived a 12-10 win over Tennessee two weeks ago with Terrence Cody's two blocked field goal attempts in the fourth quarter. Tiffin came up big in that one, too, with four field goals.

LSU would have taken control of its division and remained in position for a possible national title shot with a victory. The Tigers, whose only other loss came to the Gators, took a 15-10 lead into the fourth. They had won four straight games at Bryant-Denny Stadium but now have lost two in a row to Alabama.

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