(2) Alabama - 52, Mississippi - 7
October 15, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - Running back Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 183 yards
and four touchdowns to lead the Crimson Tide to a convincing 52-7 victory over
Mississippi on Saturday before a crowd of 61,792 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. With
the victory, Alabama improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference
action, while Mississippi dropped to 2-4 overall, 0-3 in the SEC.
Trent Richardson runs past Mississippi safety Frank Crawford(5) in the third
quarter. Richardson set career marks with 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Photo Credit - AP
The 52 points scored by Alabama is the most by the Crimson Tide in an SEC game
since a 59-28 victory over Vanderbilt on September 29, 1990. Richardson scored
on runs of 8, 7, 8 and 76 yards in the game while moving into 10th place on the
Alabama career rushing yards list with 2,363 yards. The Alabama defense limited
Mississippi to 141 total yards in the game and smothered the Rebels offense after
allowing a touchdown just 2:32 into the game.
After the Rebels stunned the Tide with an early 72-yard drive to a touchdown that
was capped by a 1-yard run by Jeff Scott, Alabama stormed back by responding with
a 79-yard march in nine plays to even the score on an 8-yard run by Richardson with
8:24 left in the first period.
The teams traded punts for the remainder of the period with the Alabama defense
asserting its dominance and the Tide offense slowly showing its muscle. After the
Rebels' initial 72-yard drive, the Alabama defense did not allow a single yard of
offense for the duration of the first half as Alabama outgained the Rebels by a
228-72 margin by halftime.
Meanwhile, the Tide moved ahead in the second quarter when Richardson capped a
62-yard drive in 10 plays with a 7-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead with 14:11
left in the half. Alabama mounted another drive late in the quarter, marching 35
yards in seven plays to a 24-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelly with 1:14 left in
the second period for a 17-7 halftime lead.
A 28-point explosion in the third quarter salted away the game for Alabama. The
outburst began as the Tide took the second half kickoff and drove 73 yards in six
plays to a touchdown on an 8-yard run by Richardson for a 24-7 lead with 12:30 left
in the third quarter. Alabama extended the lead to 31-7 on its next possession,
driving 92 yards in just two plays as Richardson raced 76 yards for a touchdown,
the longest run of Richardson's Alabama career.
The Tide offense didn't slow down. After a Mississippi fumble at the Rebels 15,
Jalston Fowler raced eight yards for a touchdown and a 38-7 edge. Brandon Gibson
capped a 41-yard touchdown drive with a 10-yard pass from AJ McCarron late in the
third quarter and Fowler added a 69-yard burst for a score in the fourth quarter
to cap the scoring. Fowler ended the game with a career-best 125 yards on just
McCarron had an impressive night of passing for Alabama, completing 19-of-24
attempts for 224 yards and one touchdown without throwing an interception.
McCarron extended his streak of passes thrown without an interception to 151,
the third-best streak in Alabama football history. Darius Hanks led all receivers
with four catches for 63 yards.
Linebacker Nico Johnson led the Alabama defense with six tackles, including two for
losses of nine yards and had one quarterback sack for a 5-yard loss. Linebacker
Courtney Upshaw had two sacks for 15 yards in losses and safety Robert Lester
nabbed his first interception of the season, the ninth of his Alabama career.