Tennessee 17, Alabama 13
-- Tennessee turned to its defense to turn back Alabama's late rally, and the 11th-ranked Volunteers held on for a 17-13 victory with key stops and an interception in the final seconds on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (5-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed by a touchdown when Brian Bostick kicked a 47-yard field goal with 6 minutes 26 seconds left to pull Alabama within four.
Tennessee (6-1, 4-1) chose to run the ball three straight times as the orange-clad fans in Neyland Stadium booed and then had to punt. The Vols' defense, which had trouble at times stopping Alabama's vaunted running attack, allowed the Tide to get to midfield. But Omar Gaither dropped Alabama's Kenneth Darby for a three-yard loss to make it fourth and six.
Alabama went for it and got a break when Parys Haralson was called for roughing the passer after shoving Spencer Pennington in the face. That moved the ball to the Tennessee 37, but the Vols got another tackle for a loss and Corey Campbell secured the win with an interception at the 15 with 46 seconds remaining.
Alabama showed off the SEC's best rushing offense and why it has the third-best total defense in the nation.
Darby ran 25 times for 99 yards and the Vols were held to just 195 total yards. Freshman Erik Ainge was intercepted twice. He was frustrated much of the game, finishing 10 of 22 for 132 yards.
Ainge didn't complete a pass until 12:54 left before halftime when Tony Brown caught two passes in a row to break the drought.