1. FLAGGED TIGERS
The Crimson Tide's chances seemed dead on Nov. 8 in Baton Rouge. LSU had the ball at Bama's six-yard line with 1:13 to go in a 10--10 game. Then Tigers guard Vadal Alexander shoved a player after the whistle and was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a chance for a knockout TD became a 39-yard field goal. On the ensuing drive the Tide evened the score with three seconds left and won 20--13 in overtime.
2. THE SLOPPY HOGS
The pivotal moment in Alabama's 14--13 win at Arkansas on Oct. 11 wasn't the block of a Razorbacks extra point in the second quarter. It came earlier, when Arkansas fullback Kody Walker caught a swing pass on the second drive of the game. Walker was inches from the goal line when linebacker Trey DePriest speared the ball loose, forcing a fumble that spilled out of the end zone to keep the Razorbacks from taking an early lead.
December 29, 2014
3. THE IRON CONVERSION
When QB Blake Sims lined up on fourth-and-three early in the third quarter of the Iron Bowl on Nov. 29, Alabama needed a jolt. Auburn was leading 33--21, and the Tide couldn't seem to slow the Tigers' offense. Sims tossed a pass in the flat to receiver DeAndrew White, who was knocked out of bounds just beyond the first-down marker. Bama's subsequent TD was part of a 34-point second-half outburst, fueling a 55--44 win.