Alabama survives scare from Mississippi State

Jalen Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining to lift No. 1 Alabama over No. 18 Mississippi State 31-24 on Saturday night.

Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC, CFP No. 2) won its 10th straight game against Mississippi State, but this one was much more difficult than most of the others.

Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3, CFP No. 16) pushed ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter on Jace Christmann’s 25-yard field goal, but Alabama responded to tie it at 24 when Damien Harris ran for a 14-yard score with 9:49 left. Alabama had a chance to take the lead with about two minutes left, but a 40-yard field goal attempt by Andy Pappanastos banged off the left upright and fell to the turf.

After forcing a punt and taking over with 1:09 remaining, Alabama drove six plays and 68 yards in 44 seconds for the game-winning score.

South Carolina 28, Florida 20 • Jake Bentley threw for 249 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead the host Gamecocks past the reeling Gators.

South Carolina (7-3, 5-3), had its best game of the season, gaining 469 yards, and needed that offense to overcome Bentley’s three interceptions and a fumbled punt.

But a Florida team in disarray with a fired coach and no wins since September couldn’t take advantage of the help. The

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