Alabama Football Wins at Mississippi State, 31-6
November 14, 2015
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The University of Alabama (9-1 overall;
6-1 in the Southeastern Conference) defense sacked
Mississippi State (7-3 overall; 3-3 in the SEC)
quarterback Dak Prescott nine times and Crimson
Tide running back Derrick Henry rushed for 204
yards and two touchdowns in a 31-6 victory over
the Bulldogs before an overflow crowd of 62,435
at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field on Saturday.
Derrick Henry (2) takes off on a 74-yar touchdown run
during the second quarter of Alabama's football game
with Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at
Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.
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Alabama's defense produced 12 plays for losses
against a high-powered State offense, limiting
the explosive Prescott to 14 rushing yards on
26 attempts and holding the Bulldogs out of the
end zone for the first time in 36 games dating
back to MSU's 2013 season opener. It also marked
the end of a 32-game streak by Prescott in which
he had scored a touchdown in a game, the longest
streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The nine
quarterback sacks by the Tide defense is the most
by an Alabama defense since 1998 when it also tallied
nine against Vanderbilt.
Henry scored on runs of 75 and 65 yards as the Crimson
Tide offense overcame a slow start with a methodical
ground game while the Tide defense held off several
State scoring threats. Henry turned in over 200 yards
rushing in a game for the third time in 2015, becoming
the second Alabama back to do that three times in a
single season, following Bobby Humphrey who rushed for
200+ yards in three games during the 1986 season.
Tide linebacker Reuben Foster led Alabama with 10 tackles
(six solo). Defensive end Jonathan Allen had three
quarterback sacks among his seven tackles. Defensive
end A'Shawn Robinson had 2.5 sacks among his five
tackles, linebacker Ryan Anderson had two sacks among
his five tackles and linebacker Tim Williams added two
sacks in his five stops. Nose guard Da'Ron Payne had
1.5 sacks in his three stops while linebacker Denzel
Devall had one sack on his only tackle of the day.
Alabama racked up 12 tackles for losses totaling 58
yards, forced three fumbles (recovering one), broke
up seven passes and had four quarterback hurries on
Alabama broke on top, 7-0, early in the second quarter
on a 69-yard punt return by Cyrus Jones. On Alabama's
next possession, wide receiver Calvin Ridley took a pass
from Coker at the Tide 49 in the middle of the field,
cut back and juked a defender, then raced to the end
zone to complete a 60-yard scoring play, extending the
Tide lead to 14-0. State responded on the next possession
with a 31-yard field goal by Westin Graves that narrowed
the lead to 14-3 before Henry raced 74 yards for a
touchdown to give the Tide a 21-3 lead at the half.
A 42-yard field goal by Adam Griffith gave Alabama a
24-3 lead early in the third quarter. State added a
39-yard field goal by Graves late in the third quarter
before Henry sealed the verdict with a 65-yard touchdown
run with 7:53 left in the game.
Alabama continues its season next Saturday, November 21,
with a non-conference game against Charleston Southern
at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Central Standard Time and the game will be televised
by The SEC Network.