(2) Alabama - 31, (16) Mississippi State - 24
November 11, 2017
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts found
freshman wide receiver DeVonta Smith for the 26-yard
game-winning touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game, as
the No. 2-ranked University of Alabama football team edged
No. 16 Mississippi State, 31-24, in a back-and-forth
thriller at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday night.
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) breaks free during
the first half of the Alabama at Mississippi State SEC
football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Davis
Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntemail@example.com
The Crimson Tide improve to 10-0 overall, and 7-0 in
Southeastern Conference play, while the Bulldogs drop to 7-3
on the season and 3-3 in SEC play.
Hurts led the Tide offense with 282 total yards, including
going 10-of-19 for 242 yards, and the game-winning touchdown
pass, and rushing for 40 yards on 19 carries and a score.
Junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley fell just three yards
short of tying his career-high, with 171 yards on five
catches, earning him his seventh career 100-yard game.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive back
Hootie Jones led the way with a career-high 10 tackles, to
go along with one pass breakup. Senior linebacker Rashaan
Evans tallied nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss
and a sack.
The two teams traded punts to start the game, before
Mississippi State put points on the board, driving 57 yards
in six plays, capped by an 11-yard touchdown run to take the
7-0 lead with 3:37 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Alabama offense responded less than two minutes later,
when Hurts found Ridley who gashed the Mississippi State
defense with a 63-yard pitch-and-catch to set the Tide up
at the MSU five-yard line. Two plays later, Hurts found the
end zone by streaking to the outside for a one-yard
touchdown run. Following senior placekicker Andy Pappanastos'
extra point, the game was locked at 7-7 with 1:43 left in
the first quarter.
Following the UA touchdown drive, the Bulldogs answered with
another score, going 73 yards on 11 plays, finishing the
possession with a five-yard touchdown run to take the 14-7
lead with 10:39 left in the first half.
For the second time in the game, the Crimson Tide offense
only needed a little over a minute to drive down the field
with the Hurts-to-Ridley connection again, this time the two
connected for a 63-yard gain before Ridley was knocked
out-of-bounds at the MSU one-yard line. On the next play,
sophomore running back Josh Jacobs scored his first rushing
touchdown of the season. Following the Pappanastos kick, the
game was tied at 14-14 with 9:26 remaining before halftime.
The two teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the
half, with Alabama edging Mississippi State in total yards,
191-172, through the first two quarters.
Coming out of halftime, the Crimson Tide quickly drove down
the field after junior running back Damien Harris broke free
for a 48-yard gain to set the ball at the MSU nine-yard line.
Four plays later, Pappanastos converted the 30-yard field
goal attempt to give the Tide the lead for the first time in
the game with 12:33 left in the third quarter.
Mississippi State then took the ball down the field,
covering 69 yards on 13 plays, finishing with quarterback
Nick Fitzgerald finding the end zone from two yards out.
The Bulldogs led 21-17 with 6:03 remaining in the third
After a Crimson Tide punt, the Bulldogs scored for the
second-consecutive drive, going 56 yards on 10 plays,
finishing with a 25-yard field goal to make the score 24-17
with 14:13 left in the game.
The Crimson Tide offense answered once again, with Hurts
scampering 13 yards on a crucial fourth-and-five from the
MSU 34-yard line to keep the Tide drive alive and the
perfect 12-for-12 fourth down conversion rate this season
Two plays later, Harris busted through the middle for a
14-yard touchdown run. Following the Pappanastos kick, the
game was tied for the third time at 24-24 with 9:49 left in
After a Mississippi State punt and an Alabama missed field
goal with 2:03 left in the game, the Tide defense came up
big by forcing a quick three-and-out to get the ball back
with 1:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.
On the second play of the drive with the ball at the UA
32-yard line, Hurts hooked up with Ridley again, this time
for 15 yards and a first down. Three plays later, Hurts
found Ridley again for a 31-yard gain, setting the ball at
the MSU 26-yard line. On the next play, Hurts found Smith
who spun out of a tackle and sprinted into the end zone for
the go-ahead 26-yard touchdown. After the Pappanastos point
after attempt, the Tide led 31-24 with 25 seconds on the
With tonight's win, Alabama has now won 22 consecutive SEC
regular season contests (not including SEC Championship
Games) dating back to a 38-10 win at Georgia on Oct. 3,
2015, the second-longest streak in school history.
Alabama returns to action Saturday, Nov. 18 against Mercer
at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will air on the SEC
Network at 11 a.m. CT.
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