Four teams headed toward a BCS cliff

No. 1 Alabama had to drive down the field in less than two minutes to save itself in a dramatic 21-17 victory Saturday night at LSU.

No. 2 Kansas State had to survive the final 25 minutes of Saturday night's 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State without quarterback Collin Klein, the Heisman Trophy front-runner, who was sidelined with an apparent head injury.

No. 3 Oregon racked up 730 yards of offense and nine touchdowns -- and needed almost all of them -- in a 62-51 victory at USC.

And No. 4 Notre Dame got the biggest scare of all, needing three overtimes to win 29-26 over Pittsburgh, which had opened the season by losing to FCS foe Youngstown State.

The top four teams in the BCS standings were tested in different ways Saturday, but each somehow survived to remain in the race to play in the Jan. 7 Discover BCS National Championship Game in Miami.

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