Ole Miss vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights
Ole Miss 0, Alabama 25 – Final
Top-ranked Alabama survived an early defensive struggle before pulling away from No. 21 Ole Miss in a 25-0 win.
Alabama’s rushing attack did the heavy lifting as T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake combined to rush for 220 yards and each found the end zone on long touchdown runs in the second half.
Nick Saban’s defense forced two turnovers and shut down the Rebels offense on three fourth down red zone attempts. They also limited the Rebels to just 198 yards of total offense.
Alabama improves to 4-0 and will face Georgia State next weekend. Ole Miss drops to 3-1 and will visit Auburn for another pivotal SEC West game.
That about wraps it up for yours truly.
Thanks to Tide and Rebels fans for following along with the blog. Stay tuned to B/R for more post-game coverage of this game. Good night, everyone.
Some takeaways from this game.
For Alabama, the defense looks like they have recovered from their poor showing in College Station two weeks ago. They have now gone eight consecutive quarters without surrendering a touchdown. Getting Deion Belue back healthy was huge, and freshman Eddie Jackson looks like a future star at the other corner spot.
However, the offense is still clearly a work in progress. AJ McCarron has thrown three interceptions in four games, matching his 2012 total in the process. Chad Lindsay filled in admirably for injured center Ryan Kelly. Yeldon and Drake are starting to form a stout 1-2 punch, but Saban will likely be searching for more consistency from the offensive line. He also won't be thrilled with three fumbles that Alabama were fortunate to recover.
For Ole Miss, Freeze will likely regret a few choices he made going for it on fourth down. The offense was stopped on a 4th-and-short play on its first drive deep in Alabama territory. Bo Wallace just struggled to find any rhythm in the passing game, and the receivers struggled mightily against Alabama's secondary.
On the flip side, the defense played extremely well for most of the night. The defensive line was able to find consistent penetration, and the secondary did not yield any big plays. The Rebels were unlucky by failing to come up with a recovery in the three separate instances that Tide players put the ball on the ground. Overall, the Rebels still have a ways to go before playing with elite teams in the SEC such as Alabama.
Final stats, courtesy of NCAA.com.
This one is in the books. Alabama wins 25-0.
Adding insult to injury, here's the gif of Ole Miss defensive end C.J. Johnson getting hit with a penalty flag on a play where the penalty was called because he was being held.
Wow. This is like a flood, err Tide, of momentum that Alabama's defense is feeding on. Denzel Devall sacked and stripped Wallace, and Alabama recovered. Alabama has it inside the red zone once again.
Kenyan Drake. 50-yards and a hello to the end zone. With that, good night, Rebels.
Alabama's defense puts an exclamation point on a dominant effort. One play after Cody Mandell pinned Ole Miss on its own 1-yard line, Bo Wallace gets dropped in the end zone by C.J. Mosley for a safety. 18-0 Alabama late in the fourth quarter.
Donte Moncrief can't hold on to Wallace's best pass of the night, and it would've been a huge play. The Rebels celebrated receiver unit has looked fairly average tonight. Much of that has to do with the play of Alabama's much-maligned secondary.
The presence of Deion Belue gives them an anchor at corner. Oh and Eddie Jackson has an extremely bright future ahead of him. He's played lights out for most of the evening.
Alabama C Ryan Kelly just came back to the field in a knee brace and crutches.— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) September 29, 2013
Here's an update on injured Alabama center Ryan Kelly.
AJ McCarron: 3 Int this season in 106 pass attempts 3 Int last season in 314 pass attempts— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2013
Get ready for more game manager questions about McCarron.
Does Nick Saban ever look happy? E-V-E-R?— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) September 29, 2013
Ole Miss' defense may be tiring, but they are still giving a great effort. Kenyan Drake is running hard and he looks like he is making a strong bid to become Yeldon's primary backup.
You see....Thing about points, they're cumulative and you add them together and you increase your total.— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) September 29, 2013
Hugh Freeze obviously hates math.
Alabama's defense holds again. Wow. Can't say enough about how the Tide's defense has responded tonight. Still 16-0 Tide midway through the fourth quarter.
Ole Miss has a penalty that gives them another chance at a fourth-down try. At least take a shot at the end zone here, no?
It seems like 45 of Bo Wallace's 26 pass attempts have been batted down.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 29, 2013
Forget the math, this is definitely legit.
The crowd's energy forces Ole Miss to burn a timeout facing a critical 3rd-and-7 inside the Alabama 20-yard line. That ought to please Saban, but his defense needs another stop deep inside its own territory.
If I'm Freeze here, I have to use those big-bodied receivers and put them in a favorable position to make a play in the end zone against the Tide's corners.
Ole Miss gets a badly needed fourth down conversion, and they are in the red zone.
AJ McCarron's first pass of the final period is picked off by Ole Miss safety Cody Prewett, and the Rebels are set up deep in Tide territory with another golden opportunity.
That's seven straight quarters without surrendering a TD for the Alabama defense.— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) September 29, 2013
Looks like Alabama's once-proud defense is on its way toward restoring its reputation after being torched by Texas A&M.
Stats through the end of the third quarter, courtesy of NCAA.com.
Feels like Alabama is waiting to unleash one of those patented play-action bombs that could deliver the knockout blow here.
C.J. Mosley swats a Bo Wallace pass to the turf on fourth down and the Tide's defense shuts the door on the Rebels. Huge stand by the Tide defense. Alabama still leads 16-0 late in the third.
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