No. 1 Alabama Posts 39-10 Homecoming Win Over Missouri
October 13, 2018
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 1 Alabama football team
defeated Missouri, 39-10, Saturday night at
Bryant-Denny Stadium behind a three-touchdown
performance by sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa
on Homecoming in front of 101,821 fans.
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The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC) netted 564 yards of
total offense against the Tigers (3-3, 0-3 SEC) in
On the offensive side, Tagovailoa threw for three
touchdowns, all in the first half, while going
12-for-22 in the air for 265 yards. Sophomore wide
receiver Jerry Jeudy hauled in three passes for a
career-high 147 yards and a touchdown while fellow
sophomore wide out DeVonta Smith caught four passes
for 100 yards and a score to give the Crimson Tide
two 100-yard receivers for the third game in a row.
On the ground, senior running back Damien Harris
rushed the ball 14 times for 62 yards and a score.
Junior linebacker Mack Wilson and redshirt sophomore
Quinnen Williams led the Tide defense. Wilson finished
with a team-high 11 tackles and a sack while Williams
tallied seven stops and Alabama's first safety since
For the seventh consecutive game, Alabama scored on
its opening drive when Tagovailoa found Jeudy for an
81-yard bomb to put the Tide on the board just 23
seconds into the game. Following redshirt freshmen
Joseph Bulovas' extra point, UA led 7-0 with 14:37
left on the first quarter clock.
On the second offensive play for Missouri, quarterback
Drew Lock dropped back to pass and was picked off by
junior defensive back Saivion Smith at the Mizzou
47-yard line, returning the interception 33 yards to
setup the Alabama offense at the Missouri 14-yard
line. Three plays later, Bulovas converted a 30-yard
field goal to put UA up 10-0 with 13:23 remaining in
Later in the quarter after an Alabama fumble, Missouri
used a seven-play 37-yard drive and put three points
up on the scoreboard on a 43-yard field goal. The
Tide led 10-3 with 5:31 to go in the first quarter.
Alabama responded with a nine-play 67-yard drive,
capped off by a 28-yard Bulovas field goal to extend
the lead back to 10 points at 13-3 with 2:13 left in
On the ensuing Missouri possession, the Tigers'
offense needed six plays to go 73 yards, ending with
a 20-yard touchdown reception with two seconds left
in the opening quarter. After the extra point, Mizzou
trimmed the deficit to 13-10 headed into the second.
In the second quarter, the Tide stretched its lead by
scoring back-to-back touchdowns in less than two
minutes. First, Tagovailoa found junior tight end Irv
Smith Jr. in the back of the end zone to cap the
nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Then after senior
defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs forced a fumble on a
14-yard sack and junior Anfernee Jennings recovered
at the MU 13-yard line, Tagovailoa hooked up with
sophomore wideout DeVonta Smith for a 13-yard score.
Bulovas' extra point made it 27-10 Alabama with 10:07
left in the half.
Later in the second, Tagovailoa linked up again with
DeVonta Smith, this time on a beautiful 57-yard strike
to set up the offense at the MU 17-yard line. Five
plays later, Bulovas finished the drive with a 20-yard
field goal to make it 30-10 with 2:33 remaining before
The two teams exchanged punts in the third quarter,
with the only score coming on the last play of the
frame when sophomore defensive end Quinnen Williams
sacked Lock in the end zone for a seven-yard loss and
a safety. Alabama held the 32-10 advantage going into
the final 15 minutes of play.
On the kickoff following the safety, junior running
back Josh Jacobs took the kick at the Alabama 10-yard
and sliced his way to the MU 40-yard line for a
50-yard return. The Tide reached the end zone five
plays later under the direction of junior quarterback
Jalen Hurts. Alabama went 40 yards, capped by Harris
finding his way into the end zone from two yards out.
Bulovas' extra point made it 39-10 with 11:10 left in
the game. Saivion Smith ended a late scoring drive by
the Tigers in the fourth quarter with his second
interception, this one coming in the end zone.
The Tide hits the road next Saturday, Oct. 20, for an
SEC matchup against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.
Kickoff between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers is
set for 2:30 p.m. CT with the game airing live on CBS.
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