Offense Runs Wild as No. 1 Alabama Football Makes
History in 62-7 Road Win Over Ole Miss
September 15, 2018
OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 1 Alabama football team scored
62 unanswered points to cruise to a 62-7 victory over
Ole Miss in its Southeastern Conference opener at
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night in Oxford,
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris (34)
rushes for a touchdown during the game between the
University of Alabama and Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemingway
Stadium on Saturday, 9/15/18.
Photo Credit - JASON CLARK / DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE
The Crimson Tide (3-0) became the first team in SEC
history to score 50-plus points in its first three
games of a season, after putting up 51 against
Louisville (9/1), 57 versus Arkansas State (9/8) and
62 against the Rebels.
Playing just in the first half, sophomore quarterback
Tua Tagovailoa went 11-for-15 passing for 191 yards
and two scores to lead the Alabama offense. Tagovailoa
also rushed for 47 yards on five carries. On the
receiving end, sophomore wide out Jerry Jeudy led the
way with three catches for 136 yards and two
touchdowns. Alabama doubled up Ole Miss in total
On defense, sophomore lineman Quinnen Williams
finished the game with a team-high six tackles, while
senior linebacker Christian Miller accounted for five
tackles and 2.5 sacks. Junior defensive back Deionte
Thompson had an interception, while sophomore
defensive back Xavier McKinney had an interception for
a touchdown and a forced fumble.
On the first offensive play of the game, Ole Miss used
a 75-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 just 11
seconds into the game. Alabama responded with a fast
three-play, 72-yard drive, capped by senior running
back Damien Harris rumbling for a 43-yard score.
Following the extra point from redshirt freshman
Joseph Bulovas, the game was tied at 7-7 with 13:39
remaining in the first.
Later in the quarter, Alabama put together another
quick scoring drive when Tagovailoa found Jeudy
streaking down the middle of the field for a 79-yard
score on third down. After the Bulovas kick, the Tide
led 14-7 with 9:51 on the clock.
The Tide struck again following an Ole Miss fumble,
methodically driving down the field in six plays,
amassing 62 yards that ended with sophomore running
back Najee Harris going untouched into the end zone
for a 10-yard score. Bulovas' extra point extended the
Alabama advantage to 21-7 with 5:43 left in the
On the first play of the ensuing Ole Miss drive,
Thompson ranged over from his safety position and
intercepted the Jordan Ta'amu pass at the UA 45-yard
line and raced 40 yards to the Ole Miss 15. Three
plays later, Alabama found the end zone when
Tagovailoa threw a dart to junior tight end Irv Smith
Jr. for a 12-yard touchdown. Bulovas made it 28-7 with
4:40 in the first.
Midway through the second quarter, Alabama took over
at its own 48-yard line after Ole Miss turned the ball
over on downs. Four plays later, junior Josh Jacobs
plowed his way to a four-yard score. Another Bulovas
extra point pushed the lead to 35-7 with 7:18 to go
before the half.
After an Ole Miss three-and-out, freshman Jaylen
Waddle received the punt at the Alabama 33-yard line
and returned it 30 yards to set up the UA offense at
the Ole Miss 30-yard line. It only took the Tide three
plays before junior quarterback Jalen Hurts found
Jeudy for his second touchdown catch of the half, this
one from 22 yards out. Bulovas' extra point extended
the Crimson Tide lead, 42-7.
Alabama added another touchdown before the half, when
Hurts led the Tide down the field with a seven-play
50-yard drive, capped off by a 13-yard screen pass to
sophomore wide receiver Henry Ruggs III. The point
after attempt from Bulovas was good and UA held the
49-7 advantage going to the half.
The Tide amassed 418 total yards of offense in the
first half. The 49 points at halftime are the most by
an SEC team in a conference game since 2005.
Alabama started the second half where it left off.
Jacobs took the second half kickoff 74 yards to the
Ole Miss 23. The Tide made its way down to the Rebel
two-yard line before Bulovas split the uprights on his
20-yard field goal attempt to put UA up 52-7.
With Ole Miss controlling the ball at its own 24-yard
line, sophomore defensive back Xavier McKinney
intercepted a Ta'amu pass and took it 30 yards for
the touchdown. Bulovas converted his eighth extra
point of the night to make it 59-7 with 5:04 left in
the third quarter.
Toward the end of the third quarter, redshirt freshman
Mac Jones entered the game at quarterback for the Tide
and guided the offense down the field for a 13-play,
46-yard drive that ended with Bulovas' career-long
44-yard field goal to push the lead to 62-7 with 12:16
left in the game, the eventual final score.
Alabama returns to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday,
Sept. 22 against Texas A&M for its first home SEC
contest of the season. Kickoff between the Crimson
Tide and Aggies is set for 2:30 p.m. CT with the game
airing live on CBS.