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BATON ROUGE, La. ?? One of the greatest comebacks in Alabama history came on Nov. 7, 1998 when junior quarterback Andrew Zow threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:24 to lead the Crimson Tide to an improbable 22-16 win at LSU.

Zow completed a 21-yard pass to Shaun Alexander with 2:24 left in the game to pull Alabama to within two at 16-14.  After a successful on-side kick attempt, which was covered by Jason McAddley, Zow then led the Tide to its game-winning drive.  His 25-yard pass to Quincy Jackson with 38 seconds left in the game extended the Tide’s unbeaten streak at Tiger Stadium to 15 games, dating back to the 1969 season.

The Lake Butler, Fla., native completed 17 of 27 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance at LSU.  The Crimson Tide also had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the win.  Jackson caught four passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.  Alexander ran 22 times for 109 yards and caught four passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.

Alabama trailed 16-7 after three quarters and LSU looked poised to deliver the knockout punch on its first possession of the fourth quarter.  Following an Alabama punt, LSU took over at its own 22-yard line and marched to a first and goal at the UA 3-yard line.  Kevin Faulk’s 2-yard run moved the ball near the goal line.  On second down, Faulk lost one yard as Chris Horne and Marcus Spencer made the big defensive play.  After an LSU timeout, quarterback Herb Tyler was intercepted in the end zone by Spencer and Alabama had new life.

The Crimson Tide drove to the LSU 10-yard line, but Ryan Pflugner’s 19-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Arnold Miller and the Tide still trailed by nine points.

LSU took over with just over four minutes left in the game, but punted the ball back to Alabama with 3:16 left on the clock.  Zow led a quick 5-play, 62-yard scoring drive, capped by his 21-yard pass to Alexander down the left sidelines into the end zone.  Pflugner’s extra point made it 16-14 with 2:24 left in the game.

Daniel Pope’s on-side kick was covered by McAddley at the LSU 49-yard line with 2:17 left in the game.  Alexander picked up 14 yards on first down and then netted only one yard on the next two plays.  On third-and-nine from the LSU 25-yard line, Zow fired the game-winning touchdown pass to Jackson down the right sideline to give to the Tide a 20-16 lead.  Zow then hit Michael Vaughn for the two-point conversion as the Tide led 22-16. 

Following a squib kick, LSU took over at its on 49-yard line.  On first down, Tyler’s deep pass was intercepted by Spencer at the UA 16-yard line to preserve the win.

Tyler completed 21 of 31 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown in the loss.  Kevin Faulk ran the ball 30 times and churned out 201 yards and one touchdown.  Faulk added three catches for 10 yards and four kickoff returns for 38 yards, giving him 249 all-purpose yards in the loss.

Spencer had a big game on defense with a career-high 13 tackles, including three for losses (-6 yards), and two interceptions (26 yards) and one pass breakup.  Tony Dixon contributed 11 tackles and Fernando Bryant added 10 stops for the Tide.

After a scoreless first quarter, LSU used a 10-play, 86-yard drive to take a 6-0 lead, capped by Faulk’s one-yard run.  Danny Boyd’s extra point attempt was no good and the Tigers took a 6-0 lead into the dressing room.

Alabama scored on its first possession of the second half to take a 7-6 lead.  The Tide covered 82 yards in four plays after starting from its own 18-yard line.  Alexander ran for two yards and the Zow completed a 22-yard pass to Freddie Milons.  After a 4-yard run by Alexander, Zow fired a 53-yard TD pass to Jackson down the right sideline.  The ball was deflected and bounced into Jackson’s hands and then he raced into the end zone.  Pflugner’s extra point gave the Tide a 7-6 lead with 12:53 left in the third quarter.

LSU came right back and used an 8-play, 69-yard drive to take a 9-7 lead.  The Tigers drove to first-and-goal at the UA 3-yard line, but had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Chris Chauvin with 9:11 left in the third.

Following an Alabama punt, LSU marched 89 yards in six plays to take a 16-7 lead with 2:26 left in the third quarter. Faulk had runs of 34 and 29 yards on the drive and Tyler flipped a seven-yard pass to Kyle Kipps to extend the LSU lead entering the exciting and decisive fourth quarter.