By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide hosted SEC Western Division foe Ole Miss on Saturday night and the Tide continued to roll with a 33-14 win over the Rebels. Tide quarterback AJ McCarron managed the game well with 180 yards and two touchdowns en route to the win.
The Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) defense has been stellar for Nick Saban once again this season, and the Bama D turned in another impressive performance this weekend. While the Rebels (3-2, 0-1) were able to mount an impressive 16-play, 70-yard scoring drive in the third quarter to cut Alabama’s lead to 13, the Rebels were held in check for most of the night.
Outside of the 70-yard march in the third, Ole Miss managed only 148 yards of offense against the Tide, and dual-threat quarterback Bo Wallace had zero room to run all night and threw for just 123 yards and two interceptions.
Eddie Lacy toted the rock 19 times for Bama, gaining 82 yards on the ground by the time the game was finished. Alabama will now have a bye week before travelling to face Missouri on Oct. 13.
Passing – Bo Wallace, 15-for-26, 123 yards, 2 INT
Rushing – Jeff Scott, 19 car, 49 yards, TD
Receiving – Vince Sanders, 7 rec, 46 yards
Passing – AJ McCarron, 22-for-30, 180 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Eddie Lacy, 19 carries, 82 yards
Receiving – Amari Cooper, 8 rec, 84 yards, 2 TD
• The Alabama defense held Ole Miss well below its season averages on this night. The Rebels were averaging 36.8 points per game, 259 rush yards per game, and 228 passing yards per game coming in. On Saturday the Rebs were held 22 points under their average, 179 rush yards below average, and 80 yards under their passing average.
• Ole Miss is now 0-9 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the country, and the Rebels haven’t defeated Alabama since 2003.
• Alabama trailed for the first time this season after Jeff Scott’s TD run put Ole Miss ahead 7-6 in the second quarter, but Christion Jones’ 99-yard kickoff return score on the following play ended gave the Tide the lead again only 15 seconds later.