Another Big Day from Tagovailoa Leads No. 2 Alabama Football to 49-7 Win
Over Southern Miss
September 21, 2019
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made Alabama history by
throwing five touchdown passes for the second-consecutive week and the third
time in his career as the No. 2 Alabama football team defeated Southern Miss,
49-7 in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. The Crimson Tide moves to 4-0, while
the Golden Eagles drop to 2-2 in their 2019 campaign.
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Tagovailoa completed 17-of-21 passes for 293 yards and five passing scores
marking the first time in Alabama history a quarterback has had back-to-back
games with four or more touchdown passes. On the receiving end of two of
those touchdown passes was junior wideout Henry Ruggs III who had four
catches for a career-best 148 yards and two scores. Junior wideout Jerry
Jeudy caught six passes for 96 yards, while also tallying two touchdown
receptions. On the ground, junior running back Najee Harris totaled 110
yards on 14 carries, along with a five-yard touchdown catch.
On defense, senior defensive back Jared Mayden led the Tide with a
career-best eight tackles, while freshman linebacker Christian Harris
finished second with six tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss. In
addition, senior defensive back Trevon Diggs grabbed his second interception
of the season to go along with three tackles on the day.
Tagovailoa found Ruggs III for two long touchdown strikes from 74 and 45
yards out in the first quarter to put the Tide ahead 14-0 after the first
In the second quarter, Tagovailoa linked up with junior running back Najee
Harris for a five-yard score for his third touchdown pass of the game. Later
in the period, Tagovailoa found a wide open Jeudy for a 17-yard score to
make it 28-0.
Southern Miss added a touchdown before the half to make it 28-7 heading into
The Tide added to its point total in the third quarter when Tagovailoa
completed his fifth touchdown pass of the day, and second to Jeudy, from
20 yards out.
Junior running back Brian Robinson Jr. made it 42-7 after scampering in for
a six-yard score with 5:43 to go in the third.
Late in the game, the Tide added another touchdown when 3redshirt freshman
running back Jerome Ford rumbled in for a five-yard score to make it 49-7,
the eventual final.
Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes in three quarters of action and has
thrown 10 touchdown passes in the last two games.
Ruggs III set a new career high with 148 yards on just four catches for an
average of 37 yards per reception. In the first quarter, Ruggs III totaled
131 yards on three grabs.
Harris went over 100 yards on the ground for the second time in his career
and the first time this season. The junior needed just 14 carries to
accumulate a team-high 110 yards for a 7.9 per rush clip.
Mayden posted a career-high in tackles set with eight for the game.
The Crimson Tide outgained the Golden Eagles 514-226.
Through the air, Alabama averaged 16.9 yards per completion. The Crimson Tide
also averaged 8.6 yards per play compared to Southern Miss' 3.9 yards per
Alabama won the turnover battle, 2-1. Diggs had an interception in the first
quarter and in the third frame, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman
Phidarian Mathis forced a fumble that freshman defensive back Jordan Battle
Alabama is back in action next Saturday, Sept. 28, hosting its first home SEC
game of the season against Ole Miss. Kickoff between the Crimson Tide and the
Rebels is set for 2:30 p.m. CT with the game airing live on CBS.
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