Alabama Survives Scare Against Houston

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - It's a message Alabama has been delivering on the field weekly, but Nick Saban reiterated it after the latest nailbiter: Don't go anywhere.

"When we play, don't leave early," Saban says. "We'll make it interesting."

The same might be said for Houston.

The Crimson Tide continued its weekly down-to-the-wire act in surviving a big comeback by the Cougars yesterday, securing a 30-24
win only on Simeon Castille's interception on the final play after thousands of fans had headed home early.

It was the fourth straight game Alabama (4-2) has played with the outcome up in the air until the final minutes.

This time, at least, the Tide managed to win after two straight losses.

But Alabama let most of a 23-0 first quarter lead evaporate against Houston (2-3), and also blew a similar lead to Arkansas earlier in the season before managing to eke out the win.

Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson says, "We've done it twice now. We got up on Arkansas and we got up on these guys. We start coasting. We get up on teams and we have to put them away."

Brandon Brinkley kept Houston in the game when he intercepted a Wilson pass and the Cougars drove to the Alabama 15 with 5 seconds
remaining. Castille picked off Case Keenum's pass on fourth-and-3 to end the game.

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