(1) Alabama - 25, (21) Mississippi - 0
September 28, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - A sturdy Alabama defense turned away several Ole Miss scoring threats
while the Crimson Tide offense showed a resourceful side as top-ranked Alabama (4-0 overall;
2-0 in the Southeastern Conference) earned a 25-0 victory over No. 21 Ole Miss (3-1; 1-1 SEC)
Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 101,821 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
T.J. Yeldon (4) hurdles Mississippi defensive back Mike Hilton (28) for a first down during
the first half.
Photo Credit - Butch Dill/AP
Ole Miss, which entered the game averaging 38 points and 490 yards of total offense per game
(250 rushing, 240 passing), was held to 205 total yards by the Alabama defense, which allowed
only 46 rushing and 159 through the air while keeping the Rebels off the scoreboard.
Tide quarterback AJ McCarron completed 25 of 32 passes for 190 yards with one interception,
connecting with wide receiver Christion Jones 5 times for 61 yards. Running back T.J. Yeldon
rushed for 121 yards and a career-long 68-yard touchdown, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for
the seventh time in his Alabama career while reserve back Kenyan Drake had 99 yards on 12
carries including a 50-yard scoring run. Linebacker C.J. Mosley led the Alabama defense,
recording a safety in the fourth quarter as one of his seven tackles. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
had a team-leading eight tackles for the Tide.
After a touchback on the opening kickoff, Ole Miss took the game's first possession at its
own 25-yard line and marched 47 yards in five plays before being stopped at the Tide 35. A
slant pass from quarterback Bo Wallace was tipped but caught by receiver Laquon Treadwell
behind the defense and Treadwell raced to the Tide 37 for a 38-yard gain. Wallace ran for
two yards on first down, before running back Jeff Scott gained six over left end and was
stopped for no gain on third down to set up a fourth-and-two play at the Tide 29. Treadwell
took a handoff on a reverse but was flipped and stopped by Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
a yard short of the first down giving the Tide the ball at the Alabama 28.
After a false start to begin the possession, the Alabama offense cranked up a 61-yard,
11-play drive that consumed 6:19 of the clock. McCarron gained two yards on a scramble
on first down before hitting receiver Kenny Bell for six yards to the Tide 31 to set up
a third-and-seven situation. McCarron connected on a pass to receiver Christion Jones
for 16 yards in the middle of the field for a first down at the Tide 47. Running back
T.J. Yeldon rushed for three yards, then took a handoff over right tackle for 23 more
to the Ole Miss 27. A screen pass to Christion Jones yielded seven yards to the Rebel
20 before Yeldon gained four more on a run over left guard to the 16. Yeldon was stopped
for a loss of four on the next play and caught a pass for no gain on second down. Facing
third-and-11 at the Ole Miss 17, McCarron hit Bell for six yards to the Ole Miss 11 to
set up a 28-yard field goal attempt by Cade Foster. Foster's kick was true to give the
Tide a 3-0 lead with 6:23 left in the first quarter.
The Tide extended the lead to 6-0 midway through the second quarter, driving 43 yards in
nine plays on a march that consumed 5:44 of game time. The march began at the Tide 21 and
was jump-started by a roughing the passer penalty on the first play of the possession as
McCarron was hit by Ole Miss's C.J. Johnson after releasing a pass. That moved the ball
to the Tide 31. From there, McCarron passed to Christion Jones for 10 yards, Kenyan Drake
was stopped for a three-yard loss, McCarron hit tight end Brian Vogler for six yards before
Vogler fumbled and Cyrus Kouandjio recovered for the Tide at the Ole Miss 45. On third-and-six,
McCarron connected with receiver Kevin Norwood for nine yards and a first down at the Ole
Miss 36 as Norwood caught the ball in very tight coverage. Three plays gained only two yards
to set up Foster's career-long 53-yard field goal that came with 5:44 left in the second quarter.
Alabama closed the first half with a methodical 56-yard, 13-play drive to a field goal to
earn a 9-0 lead at halftime. The drive was keyed by McCarron passes of 11 yards to Cooper,
seven yards to Norwood, seven yards to Bell, 13 yards to Yeldon and four yards to Bell,
accounting for 42 of the 56 yards on the march. McCarron ended the first half having
completed 20 of 23 attempts for 135 yards. Foster's 42-yard field goal as time expired
in the second quarter made a new single-game high for him with his third made kick of the game.
After a touchback on the kickoff to open the second half, Alabama started the possession
at its 25-yard line. After an offside penalty on Ole Miss moved the ball to the Tide 30
for a first-and-five play, McCarron pass to White on a hitch pass for two yards. On
second-and-eight from the 32, Yeldon took a delayed handoff on a draw play and raced up
the middle of the Ole Miss defense then cut to the outside and scored on a 68-yard gain.
Foster's conversion kick was good to give the Tide a 16-0 lead with 14:08 left in the
third quarter. The touchdown was the longest of Yeldon's Alabama career and gave him
exactly 100 yards rushing on 11 carries to that point in the game.
Ole Miss responded with its first sustained drive since the early moments of the game,
marching 73 yards in 10 plays to the Alabama seven-yard line. Two passes by Bo Wallace
totaling 23 yards, plus a 12-yard keeper by Wallace and a 15-yard personal foul penalty
by Alabama, were crucial in the drive. But the Tide defense stiffened when Ole Miss
reached first down at the Tide 15. After a seven-yard run by I'Tavius Mathers on first
down, Mathers gained one on second down and an incomplete pass set up a fourth down for
Ole Miss needing two yards at the Tide seven-yard line. A pass by Wallace on a crossing
pattern was knocked down by Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley to end the drive with 3:30
left in the third quarter, preserving the 16-0 Alabama lead.
Alabama went to the running game at that point. Yeldon carried on the first five plays
of the possession, gaining 19 yards overall, then Kenyan Drake rushed for 11 to the Tide
38 as the third quarter ended. On the first play of the fourth period, a McCarron pass
bounded off intended receiver Brian Vogler and into the hand of Ole Miss safety Cody
Prewitt at the Tide 47. Prewitt returned the intercepted pass 16 yards to the Alabama
After an eight-yard pass from Wallace to Treadwell on first down reached the Tide 23,
two passes were broken up by the Tide defense. That set up another fourth-and-two play
for the Ole Miss offense with 14:15 left in the fourth quarter. This time Ole Miss
converted as running back Jeff Scott took a handoff at left guard and gained five yards
for a first down at the Tide 18. Scott then carried for three yards on first down, a
Wallace pass was batted down at the line on second down, and the third-and-seven play
resulted in a two-yard gain on a scramble by Wallace to set up fourth-and-5 at the Tide
13. A false start penalty on Ole Miss actually negated an incomplete pass, giving the
Rebels another shot on a fourth-and 10 from the Tide 18 with 12:40 left. Tide cornerback
Deion Belue broke up Wallace's corner route to intended for receiver Evan Engram who was
at the goal line corner at the Tide six.
Later in the fourth quarter, a Cody Mandell punt pinned Ole Miss at its 1-yard line with
5:55 left. On first down, Wallace tried a rush at left guard but was tackled by Tide
linebacker C.J. Mosley in the end zone for a safety with 5:43 left to give Alabama a
18-0 lead. The ensuing free kick sailed out of bounds to give Alabama the ball at the
50-yard line. On the first play, Drake took a handoff up the middle and broke free on
a 50-yard touchdown run. Foster's kick gave Alabama a 25-0 lead with 5:32 left.
After the ensuing kickoff, Wallace was sacked by Denzel Devall as he attempted a pass
and Ed Stinson recovered at the Ole Miss 17 with 5:15 remaining. The reserve offense
entered the game for Alabama at that point. Running back Jalston Fowler gained five yards
on first down to the Ole Miss 12. Quarterback Blake Sims lost a yard on second down before
a false start penalty created a third-and-11 situation. Sims kept for 6 yards to the Ole
Miss 12 before running back Altee Tenpenny was stopped for four yards on fourth-and-5,
giving the Rebels the ball back with 2:48 left.