Alabama Football: Winners and Losers from Crimson Tide's Win vs. Ole Miss
It's easy to forgot that Ole Miss was on the board first—or even at all—in Alabama's 52-7 rout. After the Rebels' touchdown, Alabama took the reins and ran all over them for a total of 615 yards. In the third quarter alone, they scored 28 points and finished on five of their six second-half drives.
The win brings the Crimson Tide to 7-0 and adds to their impressive run, including last weekend's 34-0 shutout over Vanderbilt.
For 'Bama, it was all about Trent Richardson.
For Ole Miss, it was no one.
Winner: Trent Richardson
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Richardson's explosive power and speed can be summed up right here...
The junior running back could not be stopped on Saturday, running 183 yards on 17 carries and scoring four touchdowns.
While that 76-yard run showcased his skill, his scoring efforts also brought the game from potentially competitive to essentially over. At halftime, the score was 17-7. Within the first five minutes of the second half, Richardson scored two to stretch the score to 31-7.
Not all his touchdowns were as fun to watch as the latter, reminding us that Richardson, the scoring machine, might be human after all.
Loser: Randall Mackey
Mackey started the game off with a 59-yard completion to Nickolas Brassell, giving Ole Miss the early lead.
That was all he did for Ole Miss on Saturday. Things took a turn for the worst when he was sacked. Over and over again, five times. That's half the season total for the Rebels on six games.
Oh, and throw in a second-quarter interception and that about wraps up the stats for Mackey.
Winner: Alabama Defense, Loser: Ole Miss Rushing
After the Rebels first and only touchdown, Alabama's defense held them without a yard for the entire rest of the first half. No yardage allowed in 18 plays. In the end, Ole Miss only tallied 113 total yards—only 28 rushing.
Here's a fact that sums up the lack of Rebel rushing and the presence of 'Bama's defense:
31 rushing yards on 28 attempts...
Losers: Wayne Dorsey and Marcus Temple
Wayne Dorsey unsuccessfully dives after Richardson
It was a day of losses for Ole Miss. On top of being embarrassed in their home stadium, two of their top defenders ended their seasons in injury. Starting cornerback Marcus Temple, who has 28 tackles and two interceptions on the season, fractured his right ankle. Defensive end Wayne Dorsey left with an unspecified injury.
The two captains' absence adds to gaps in the Ole Miss roster, which is missing four suspended players, including starting running back Brandon Bolden and center A.J Hawkins.
With two ranked opponents looming ahead (Arkansas and Auburn), nothing is looking promising for the Demons. Alabama, on the other hand, can just keep, well, doing what they're doing.