(1) Alabama - 66, Ole Miss - 3
September 30, 2017
TUSCALOOSA – The No. 1 ranked University of Alabama
football team beat Ole Miss, 66-3, on Saturday night in
Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide has now scored
50-plus points in back-to-back Southeastern Conference games
for the first time since 1945, following last weekend's 59-0
win against Vanderbilt.
Alabama running back Ronnie Clark (5) breaks loose for a touchdown during
the second half of the Alabama vs. Ole Miss SEC football game,
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntfirstname.lastname@example.org
The 66 points scored by Alabama is the most since 1979, when
the Crimson Tide downed Vanderbilt, 66-3 in Nashville, Tenn.
It is also the most points in school history against Ole Miss.
The Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) dominated the Rebels (2-2, 0-1 SEC),
on both sides of the ball, outgaining Ole Miss, 613-253,
while forcing two turnovers and compiling five sacks in the
Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts finished the game 12-of-19
for 197 yards and two scores through the air, and a
team-high 101 rushing yards and a score on 10 carries to
lead the Alabama offense. The game marked Hurts' seventh
career 100-yard rushing game and his third of the season.
Five different rushers scored on the ground for the Tide,
including Hurts, freshman rushing back Najee Harris,
freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and junior running backs
Ronnie Clark and Bo Scarbrough.
On defense, senior defensive back Levi Wallace led the way
with a career-high two interceptions, including one returned
for a touchdown in the first quarter. Junior safety
standout, Minkah Fitzpatrick, was tops on the team with a
career-high eight tackles to go along with his first sack of
Alabama's stifling defense started the game by forcing two
Ole Miss three-and-outs, before the Tide found the end zone
on its second drive of the game. Alabama used a short field
to go 51 yards on six plays, capped off by Scarbrough
bulldozing his way to a six-yard touchdown run, giving UA
the early 7-0 lead following Andy Pappanastos' point after,
with 10:04 left in the opening quarter.
Three plays later, with Ole Miss possessing the ball on its
own 30-yard line, Wallace intercepted Rebels quarterback
Shea Patterson's pass, and raced 35 yards to the end zone
for the first pick six of his career. The defensive score
extended the Tide lead to 14-0 after Andy Pappanastos' extra
point, just 44 seconds after scoring its first touchdown.
The defensive touchdown marked the 60th non-offensive
touchdown of the Nick Saban era, and the first non-offensive
score of the season.
After forcing another Ole Miss punt, Alabama moved down the
field quickly, when senior wide receiver Cam Sims hauled in
a career-long 60-yard reception from Hurts, to setup
first-and-goal for the Tide. Two plays later, Hurts found
junior tight end Hale Hentges wide open in the back of the
end zone for a three-yard pitch-and-catch to cap a five-play
85 yard drive. Hentges' second touchdown catch of the
season put the Crimson Tide up 21-0 following Pappanastos'
point after, with 5:13 left in the first quarter.
The Rebels responded by going 66 yards on six plays, setting
up a 26-yard field goal that trimmed the Tide lead to 21-3
with 2:31 on the clock in the opening quarter.
The Tide continued to pour on the points when Hurts found
sophomore Josh Jacobs wide open after the running back snuck
out of the backfield, for his first career receiving
touchdown. The 18-yard touchdown reception extended the
Alabama lead to 28-3 after Pappanastos' PAT, with 12:53
remaining in the first half.
Following another Rebel three-and-out, the Crimson Tide
offense needed just two plays to go 36 yards, finishing with
Hurts slicing through the defense for a 10-yard touchdown
run. The score furthered the Alabama advantage to 35-3,
after Pappanastos' PAT, with 3:42 remaining in the half.
In the second half, the offense continued to produce
explosive plays, with junior running back Damien Harris
flying down the field for a 46-yard run to the Ole Miss
32-yard line on the opening play from scrimmage of the
second half. The long run set up senior punter JK Scott who
netted his first career field goal, knocking it through the
uprights from 48 yards out to put the Tide up 38-3 with
12:37 remaining in the third quarter.
After the Tide defense forced another Rebels three-and-out,
Alabama used a short field to find the end zone, amassing 29
yards on six plays, ending with Najee Harris finding his way
to his first career touchdown from four yards out to extend
the Tide lead to 45-3 after Pappanastos' point after with
9:07 left in the third quarter.
Following an Ole Miss turnover on downs, the Tide only
needed three plays to go 69 yards, with Tagovailoa diving
into the end zone from two yards out for his first career
rushing touchdown. The score pushed the Alabama lead to 52-3
Pappanastos' PAT with 6:05 remaining in the third.
On the ensuing Rebels drive, Wallace snagged his career-high
second interception of the game. The Crimson Tide then
marched down the field on five plays, compiling 44 yards,
capped by Tagovailoa finding freshman wide receiver Henry
Ruggs III for an eight-yard touchdown catch. For the second
consecutive week the Tide offense reached the 59-point mark,
as they led 59-3 following Pappanastos' point after, with
2:36 left in the third quarter.
The Alabama offense was not finished. Marching methodically
down the field, going 91 yards on 12 plays, finishing the
drive with Clark finding the end zone for the first time in
his career, after rumbling nine yards to extend the UA
advantage to 66-3 after Pappanastos' point after, with 6:51
left in the game.
Alabama returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, on the road
at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Kickoff is set for
6:15 p.m. CT with the game airing on ESPN.
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