(7) Alabama Falls at (11) Mississippi, 23-17
Oct. 4, 2014
OXFORD, Mississippi - Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace threw three
touchdown passes in the second half to lead the 11th-ranked Rebels
(5-0 overall; 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference) to a 23-17 win
over the No. 3/1 Alabama Crimson Tide before a sold-out crowd of
61,826 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.
Mississippi defensive back Kailo Moore, left, recovers a fumble
by Alabama kick returner Christion Jones in the fourth quarter of
Photo Credit - Rogelio V. Solis
A mistake in special teams ended up being the difference in the
tightly-contested game between two of the nation's best teams as
a fumbled kickoff inside Alabama territory with 5:29 left set up
the deciding score. Wallace passed for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns
while completing 18 of 31 attempts without an interception. Alabama
quarterback Blake Sims threw for 228 yards while completing 19 of
31 with 1 interception without throwing a touchdown pass. Alabama
wide receiver Amari Cooper was held under 100 yards for the first
time in seven games, but had game-high totals with nine catches for
91 yards. His totals moved him into third place in Alabama history
for career receptions with 156.
The Alabama offense had 396 total yards, marking the first time in
six games that the Crimson Tide has not exceeded 500 yards of total
offense. Running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for a game-high 123 yards
on 20 attempts. Yeldon moved into sixth place in the Alabama record
book in career rushing yards. He now has 2,750 yards for his career
and passed Johnny Musso (1969-71: 2,741) for sixth place. Trent
Richardson (2009-11: 3,130) is ahead of Yeldon in fifth place.
The loss marked only the second time in the last 66 games since
the start of the 2008 season that the Crimson Tide has lost a game
while rushing for at least 140 yards. Alabama had 168 yards on
the ground Saturday in Oxford, passing for 228. But it was an
inability to prevent big plays by the Ole Miss passing game that
ended up costing the Tide dearly as the Rebels converted several
key third down plays late in the game and made big plays in the
passing game throughout the second half. Ole Miss passed for 185
yards and three touchdowns in the second half of Saturday's game.
Cornerback Cyrus Jones had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss
(5 yards), forced a fumble, recovered a fumble that he returned
for a touchdown and broke up 2 passes. Safety Nick Perry led the
Tide defense with 10 tackles on the day, including seven solos.
Linebacker Reggie Ragland had nine stops with 1.5 tackles for
loss (3 yards). Linebacker Xzavier Dickson had six tackles,
including two sacks (5 yards) and three and a half tackles for
loss (7 yards). Linebacker Trey DePriest had six tackles and
broke up a pass, while safety Landon Collins also had six tackles.
Freshman punter JK Scott had six punts in the game for 311 yards,
an average of 51.8 yards per punt. Three of his five punts were
inside the 20, and his 64-yard punt in the second quarter was a