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No. 11 Tennessee turned to its defense to preserve a victory over Alabama.

The Volunteers held on for a 17-13 SEC win with key stops and an interception in the final seconds.

"It's a monkey off our backs," Tennessee linebacker Kevin Burnett said.

The Crimson Tide (5-3, 2-3) was trailing by a touchdown when Brian Bostick's 47-yard field goal with 6:26 left pulled Alabama within four.

Tennessee (6-1, 4-1) chose to run the ball three straight times as the orange-clad fans in Neyland Stadium booed and then had to punt. The Vols' defense, which had trouble at times stopping Alabama's vaunted running attack, allowed the Tide to get to midfield. But Omar Gaither dropped Alabama's Kenneth Darby for a loss of 3 to make it fourth-and-6.

Alabama went for it and got a break when Parys Haralson was called for roughing the passer for shoving Spencer Pennington in the face. That moved the ball to the Tennessee 37, but the Vols got another tackle for a loss and Corey Campbell secured the win with an interception at the 15 with 46 seconds remaining.

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