Freshman running back Gene Jelks, starting his first game for Alabama, ran for one touchdown and threw for another yesterday as the 20th-ranked Crimson Tide tied No. 15 Louisiana State, 14-14, in a Southeastern Conference game in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU (5-1-1, 3-1-1 in the SEC) missed a chance to win when sophomore kicker Ron Lewis's 24-yard field goal attempt with five seconds left was no good.
Alabama is 6-2-1 overall, 3-1-1 in the SEC.
Trailing with 1:23 left, Jelks threw a flea-flicker touchdown pass to quarterback Mike Shula from the two, capping a 68-yard drive. Shula completed 13 of 24 passes for 153 yards. Jelks, who ran 15 times for 87 yards, scored Alabama's first touchdown midway through the first quarter on a 33-yard run.
"I chose the one-point conversion," said Alabama Coach Ray Perkins, "because I thought we had time possibly to get down there and cause a turnover. As it turns out, we didn't."
LSU had two touchdowns in the third period -- a 49-yard run by Garry James and a 67-yard pass from Jeff Wickersham to Wenzell Davis. Wickersham completed 12 of 24 for 214 yards.