Sophomore Steve Clark kicked a 40-yard field goal with eight seconds to play to give Southern Mississippi a 13-13 tie with seventh-ranked Alabama yesterday in Birmingham.

The Crimson Tide, surprisingly, called a timeout with eight seconds remaining, enabling Clark to come onto the field. Southern Mississippi had no timeouts left.

"I don't know why I did that," Alabama Coach Bear Bryant said afterward. "I guess disorganization and confusion was the reason more than anything else.

"We took a timeout when they didn't have one. They deserve everything they got. It's a pity they didn't go ahead and win. They did everything else."

Quarterback Reggie Collier, trouble for Alabama the entire game, directed the Eagles from their 20 to set up Clark's second field goal of the game. Collier ran for eight yards and completed four passes in the drive, with a 27-yard pass to tight end Raymond Powell putting the ball at the Alabama 24 for Clark.

The last time the Golden Eagles (4-0-1) had such success against Alabama (4-1-1) was in 1956, by the same score. The tie delayed Alabama's drive to give Bryant a record 315 victories. His record is 310-80-17.