Eighth-ranked Alabama overcame 11 fumbles--scoring its only touchdown on one of them -- to beat seventh-ranked Mississippi State, 13-10, in a Southeastern Conference game yesterday.
Freshman Terry Sanders won the game by kicking a 28-yard field goal in the final quarter.
Alabama -- which lost a school record-tying seven fumbles -- also scored when Joe Carter recovered teammate Ken Simon's fumble in the end zone.
The victory was the 313th for Alabama Coach Bear Bryant, tying him for second place on the all-time list with Glenn (Pop) Warner -- and putting him one victory behind record-holder Amos Alonzo Stagg. It also extended Alabama's home-field winning streak to 55 games.
"I thought our team showed about as much determination, guts and pride as one could," said Bryant.
Sanders said his field goal was nothing special.
"All I am supposed to do is kick it through, and if I don't, somebody should kick me," he said.
Mississippi State (6-2), which upset Alabama, 6-3, last year, looked as if it would tie the game, driving from their own 21 to the Alabama nine on the passing of John Bond. But Tommy Wilcox intercepted a Bond pass at the Crimson Tide goal line with 19 seconds remaining.