TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Le'Ron McClain grabbed a 2-yard touchdown pass from John Parker Wilson in overtime to lift Alabama to a 26-23 win over Mississippi on Saturday. It was the Crimson Tide's second consecutive last-play victory against Ole Miss. The Rebels (2-5, 1-3) Southeastern Conference) got the ball first in OT but had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Joshua Shene after Alabama's Keith Saunders dropped Mico McSwain for a loss on third-and-2 at the 17. Alabama (5-2, 2-2) had first-and-goal at the 3 after a 1-yard sneak by Wilson, but Ole Miss twice stopped fullback Tim Castille short of the end zone.
On third-and-goal from the 2, McClain, the fullback, slipped past a defender and into the open in the middle of the end zone, where Wilson softly tossed him the ball for the score. The play set off a wild celebration, with the Crimson Tide sprinting off the sideline to swarm McClain and Wilson in the end zone. With his team trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Mississippi's Brent Schaeffer threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace to tie it at 20 with 8:21 remaining. The Rebels' defense then held Alabama twice to force overtime. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 56 yards on 21 carries with a TD for Ole Miss and Schaeffer was 13-of-20 passing for 163 yards and no interceptions.
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