No. 2 Alabama Blanks Mississippi State
Saturday Night, 41-0
October 31, 2020
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 2 Alabama football team
blanked Mississippi State, 41-0, to take the win in
Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night. It marked the
Crimson Tide's first shutout since downing Mississippi
State 24-0 in Tuscaloosa on November 10, 2018. With
the victory, the Alabama goes to 6-0 on the season,
while the Bulldogs drop to 1-4.
Photo Credit - Crimson Tide Photos
After scoring 41 on the night, Alabama has now tallied
35-or-more points in each of its last 19 games, the
longest streak in major college football history.
DeVonta Smith hauled in four Mac Jones' passes for
touchdowns, accounting for the bulk of the Tide's
Jones and Smith were in synch throughout the game
with Smith catching 11 passes for 203 yards to go
with his four touchdowns, tallying 159 yards and
three scores in the first half. Overall, Jones threw
for 291 yards on 24-of-31 passing with four
touchdowns. Najee Harris led all rushers with 119
yards on 21 carries, while adding 36 yards on 11
Patrick Surtain II closed out the scoring with a
25-yard interception return for a score with just
over two minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was
his first interception of the season, fourth of his
career and his first pick six. While Alabama's defense
scored for the third time this season, it held the
Bulldog offense scoreless for the first time in 2020.
Malachi Moore led the Tide with eight tackles while
Brian Branch and Dylan Moses both had seven stops
apiece. Christopher Allen and Phidarian Mathis both
notched sacks on the night.
Will Reichard began the game's scoring with a 40-yard
field goal on the Tide's first drive of the evening.
Jones found Smith deep behind the coverage for a
35-yard touchdown pass. The score capped off a
six-play, 61-yard drive that lasted just under two
Alabama scored its second touchdown of the night
thanks again to the Jones-to-Smith connection, this
time from 53 yards.
Reichard hit from 24 yards for his second field goal
of the game, giving UA a 20-0 advantage.
Smith found the end zone once again as Jones led him
for an 11-yard score, the duo's third of the first
half. The touchdown catch punctuated an 88-yard drive
that lasted 5:35 and 12 plays.
Alabama drove a full 99 yards following Dylan Moses
interception in the MSU end zone. The nine-play drive
finished with another Smith touchdown from Jones.
Surtain intercepted MSU's Will Rogers at the Bulldogs
25-yard line and returned it for a pick six, making
the final score 41-0.
Alabama will take the week off for its bye. The
Crimson Tide will then return to the field on
Saturday, Nov. 14 in Baton Rouge to take on the
LSU Tigers. The matchup between the two SEC West
foes is set for a 5 p.m. CT kickoff on CBS. Alabama
owns a 53-26-5 advantage in the series, including a
28-9-2 mark at Tiger Stadium. The Tide's last trip
to the Bayou resulted in a 29-0 shutout win for UA.