DeVonta Smith and Tua Tagovailoa Shatter Records as No. 2 Alabama Beats Ole
September 28, 2019
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior wideout DeVonta Smith had himself more than a day
as he shattered multiple school records and tied the Southeastern Conference
receiving touchdowns mark, while junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa broke
several records of his own as No. 2 Alabama beat Ole Miss, 59-31 in
Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide moves to 5-0, 2-0
in Southeastern Conference play, while the Rebels drop to 2-3 and 1-1 in SEC
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Smith finished his day with career-high 11 receptions for a school-record
274 yards, all while tying an SEC record with five receiving scores.
Tagovailoa broke the UA career record for touchdown responsibility, after
throwing six touchdowns, and running in another. The six passing touchdowns
and the seven total touchdowns are also Alabama records. The junior went
26-of-36 for 418 yards through the air.
On defense, junior defensive back Xavier McKinney led the Tide with a
career-best 13 tackles along with a quarterback hurry, while redshirt senior
linebacker Anfernee Jennings was second on the squad with nine tackles,
including one tackle-for-loss. Senior Jared Mayden had his first career
interception and a 36-yard return in the fourth quarter.
It did not take long for Alabama to get on the board as Tagovailoa connected
with Smith for a 74-yard touchdown to go up 7-0 with 13:50 in the first
Following an Alabama muffed punt in its own territory, Ole Miss scored on a
one-yard rush from quarterback J.R. Plumlee to make it a 7-7 game. The Rebels
added a field goal to take the 10-7 advantage after 15 minutes of play.
From there, Alabama scored 31 unanswered points starting with Tagovailoa
scampering in from five yards out to put the Tide up 14-10. Following a
Joseph Bulovas field goal and a defensive stop, Tagovailoa connected with
Smith for three scores (25, 23, 33) in less than five minutes to put Alabama
up 38-10 at the half.
The Tagovailoa and Smith show continued with the first drive of the second
half when the two linked up with Smith making a leaping 27-yard grab to
give him his fifth score of the game and extending Alabama's lead to 45-10.
With the score at 45-17 in the third quarter, sophomore linebacker Ale Kaho
blocked the Ole Miss punt and recovered it in the end zone for the touchdown,
pushing the lead to 52-17.
Tagovailoa and the Tide offense continued to pour on the points when he found
redshirt junior tight end Miller Forristall for a 19-yard score to put the
score at 59-24.
The Rebels added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including the last
coming with five seconds left in the game to make the final score, 59-31.
Smith set career highs in receptions with 11, yards with 248, touchdowns with
five and his longest reception of his career with the 74-yard first quarter
score. The Amite, La., native caught 11 of his 12 targets on the day and
averaged 24.9 yards per catch. He also had eight catches, four scores and
221 yards in the first half.
Tagovailoa set career-best and school record marks with six passing
touchdowns and total touchdowns with seven. He finished with a near-perfect
224.8 passer rating.
Kaho both blocked and recovered the Ole Miss punt for a touchdown in the
McKinney anchored the secondary with his career high 13 tackles.
The Crimson Tide outscored the Rebels 31-0 in the second quarter to take
control of the game.
Alabama outgained Ole Miss through the air 418-197.
The Tide moved the ball down the field to the tune of 8.6 yards per play.
Alabama is off next week before traveling to College Station, Texas, on
Saturday, Oct. 12 to take on No. 23 Texas A&M. A kickoff time for the
Crimson Tide and Aggies @ 2:30m pm CT on CBS.
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