The Game of the Century became the game of the field goal.
In the case of No. 2 Alabama, it will be remembered for missed field goals.
Drew Alleman kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime after Alabama missed on its possession, giving No. 1 LSU a 9-6 win over Alabama in a game where Alabama missed four field goals.
LSU's defense held Alabama Heisman Trophy hopeful Trent Richardson to 89 yards on 23 carries as the SEC's first-ever regular-season matchup of teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country. Alabama's defense intercepted Jarrett Lee twice and forced the Tigers to adjust with backup Jordan Jefferson.
With the offenses struggling, the game was decided by the kicking game.
Alabama's Cade Foster, the Crimson Tide's long-range field goal kicker, missed three long field goals, including a 52-yarder in the first possession of overtime that was set up after Sam Montgomery's sack of A.J. McCarron forced Alabama to attempt a much longer attempt.
Alleman then came in on LSU's possession and kicked the winning short field goal right down the middle. The kick was set up by a 15-yard run by Michael Ford.
The win moved LSU (9-0, 6-0) into the driver's seat for the SEC West championship. But the Tigers still have another huge game looming with No. 7 Arkansas (8-1), which beat No. 9 South Carolina Saturday, coming to Baton Rouge Nov. 25.
Alabama (8-1, 5-1) already owns a win over Arkansas.
Alleman also hit field goals of 19 and 30 yards for LSU in regulation, finishing 3-for-3.
While Alleman's kicks were all relatively short, Alabama went 2-for-6 in field goals in a game where the Crimson Tide constantly drove into LSU territory, but bogged down and had to settle for long field goal attempts.
Alabama did not punt in a first half that ended 3-3, but Foster missed wide right on attempts of 44 and 50 yards on the Tide's first two possessions. On its third possession, Alabama opted to try a 49-yard field goal with Jeremy Shelley, a short-range kicker, and it was blocked by Bennie Logan.
Alabama eventually did make field goals, a 34-yarder by Shelley for the game's first score in the second quarter, then a 46-yarder by Foster in the third quarter.
The missed field goals spoiled what was a better offensive performance by Alabama, which outgained LSU 295-236.
Both made Alabama field goals were answered by Alleman, who tied the game at 3-3 with a 19-yarder as time expired in the first half, then the 30-yarder in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
LSU went to its bench for what offense it did muster against the nation's top-ranked defense. Jefferson played most of the game after Lee struggled with two interceptions. And running back Michael Ford led the team with 72 yards on 11 rushes. His 15-yard run to set up the winning field goal in overtime initially appeared to be a winning 22-yard touchdown, but Ford barely stepped out of bounds at the 7.
The Tigers also had two interceptions, one by Morris Claiborne and a second by Eric Reid, who intercepted a pass from wide receiver Marquis Maze, who underthrew a pass to an open Michael Williams that Reid took from Williams as Williams was coming down with the ball at the 1-yard line.
Jefferson rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and completed 6 of 10 passes for 67 yards in relief of Lee, who was 3-for-7 for 24 yards with the two interceptions.
McCarron completed 16 of 28 passes for 199 yards for Alabama.