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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 1 Alabama welcomed No. 11 Mississippi State to Tuscaloosa on Saturday night for a battle of undefeated teams, and the Crimson Tide proved once again why it is the top-ranked team in America with a dominating 38-7 win.
The Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) took the reins from the onset, riding two AJ McCarron touchdown passes to a 24-0 halftime advantage. McCarron continued to display his remarkable consistency against MSU (7-1, 3-1), turning in another solid performance at the helm to pace Bama. McCarron completed 69 percent of his throws on the game, finishing with 208 yards on 9 yards per attempt.
LaDarius Perkins has been among the SEC’s top rushers statistically this season, but the Crimson Tide defense shut down the Bulldogs’ running game effectively. Perkins finished with only 38 yards, and MSU only managed 47 yards on the ground as a team – an average of only 2.2 yards per attempt. Quarterback Tyler Russell was intercepted for only the second time this season while completing 50 percent of his passes. Mississippi State’s lone score of the evening came on a Dak Prescott pass Robert Johnson in the fourth quarter.
Neither squad has much time to relax after this one. Next week Alabama will travel to face No. 6 LSU in Death Valley, and the Bulldogs will host No. 20 Texas A&M.
Passing – AJ McCarron, 16-for-23, 208 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – T.J. Yeldon, 10 car, 84 yards, TD
Receiving – Kenny Bell, 1 rec, 57 yards, TD
Passing – Tyler Russell, 15-for-30, 169 yards, INT
Rushing – LaDarius Perkins, 15 car, 38 yards
Receiving – Chris Smith, 3 rec, 73 yards
• Saturday night’s loss to Alabama ended a nine-game win streak for Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide extended their own win streak to an NCAA-best 12.
• AJ McCarron has yet to throw an interception for Alabama, and his has been 46 quarters since a Bama quarterback has been picked off.
• Since their 2011 Capital One Bowl win, the Crimson Tide has only allowed one opponent to eclipse the 300-yard mark for total offense. MSU was held to 256.
• Since the aforementioned Capital One Bowl win, Alabama has won 18 of its last 21 wins have been by 21 points or more.