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Alabama gets run game going, blanks Mississippi

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Alabama’s struggling run game finally got going as the No. 1 Crimson Tide blanked No. 21 Ole Miss on Saturday, 25-0.

The Tide entered the contest last in the SEC in rushing yards per game, but tailbacks T.J. Yeldon (121 yards) and Kenyon Drake (99 yards) helped pace a ground attack that piled up 254 yards while averaging 6.4 yards per carry against the Rebels.

Meanwhile, the Alabama defense befuddled Ole Miss, holding the Rebels to 46 rushing yards and 205 total yards while forcing two turnovers. It was the fifth shutout by the Bama defense in its last 17 games and the first shutout of Ole Miss since 1998.

The first half wasn’t pretty for the Tide. Quarterback A.J. McCarron dinked and dunked his way down the field while the rushing attack gained just 36 yards, so all Bama could manage was three field goals to take a 9-0 lead at the half.

Eventually, Alabama’s talent turned things around. Yeldon made a nice spin move on a 68-yard touchdown run to make the game more comfortable for the Tide. Later, Drake added a 50-yard burst to finish off the scoring. The other two points came on a sack of Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace by C.J. Mosely.

The hurry-up offense of Ole Miss was largely ineffective and couldn’t convert the few times it had a chance to score. The Rebels advanced as far as the Alabama 7-yard line in the third quarter, but Wallace’s 4th and 2 pass fell incomplete. Wallace finished 17 of 31 for 159 yards.

McCarron went 25 of 32 for 180 yards and an interception. Not very flashy, but his precision passing helped Alabama hold the ball for 38 minutes.

But the story of this game was the Alabama running attack. It if truly is back again — and here’s betting it is — this team will once again be very hard to beat.

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14 Responses to “Alabama gets run game going, blanks Mississippi”
  1. overratedgators says: Sep 28, 2013 10:43 PM

    So much for Ole Miss “hanging some points” on the Tide.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 28, 2013 10:44 PM

    I guess when Wallace said they could score points on offense against Bama, he meant they could score FOR Bama with safeties….

    And honestly…. Bo’s comments about Moncrief and Treadwell were completely off….

    They couldn’t hold Mike Evan’s jockstrap

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 28, 2013 10:51 PM

    Told you Alabama would not lose to Ole Miss.

    Alabama did exactly what they did against A&M, play big boy football and dared Ole Miss to match them. Ole Miss couldn’t. Ole Miss defensive front seven are going to be reckon with additional development and a couple more classes to develop depth.

    AJ was AJ, Yeldon and Drake are developing into the one two punch necessary down the stretch.

    I would not want to play Alabama at the end of the year.

    RTR

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 28, 2013 10:52 PM

    Bo doesn’t know.

    RTR

  5. suprmous says: Sep 28, 2013 11:09 PM

    amosalanzostagg, you’ve yet to play Ga and take it from somebody who’s just been there and witnessed one hellva game, be prepared. Be prepared, be prepared more than what you were for A&M and the spoiled rich brat and his merry men. With all said and done as a whole we tried takin it to em but yes we fell short but it was still a good game. Glad you guys won over Ole Miss tho, yes I’ve got my reasons and they equal to more than 3. You guys have a good wkn with what’s left. Da Mous

  6. normtide says: Sep 28, 2013 11:13 PM

    O line still needs work, but headed in the right direction. That defense was playing great. With LSU and maybe Georgia still ahead, we need done improvement. Ole miss is a year or two away, but they will be good.

  7. normtide says: Sep 28, 2013 11:17 PM

    Super, if you have to lose, lose to a good team and look really good doing it. LSU did both. Y’all still control your west destiny. Looking forward to it match up.

  8. suprmous says: Sep 28, 2013 11:34 PM

    normtide, thanks again for not takin my head off and handin it to me. Admittedly, I still let my feelins get in the way and you’d think for an ole lady I’d know bettah. But back to the game(s), somehow Ga’s O was unbelievable at times and my Gawd their D just ran all over us. I was beginnin to think we hadn’t shown up to play at all but somehow it all came out that we had. Honestly there were times I was thinkin that the oldest of the 3 Holy Terrors had come back to razz me thruout the 2nd half of the game. My Friend, you have a good wk ahead.

  9. mehtoolazy says: Sep 28, 2013 11:35 PM

    Dang, who was it that was quite sure that Bama was going down to ole miss tonight? I would’ve sworn I saw a comment about that on an article here yesterday.

    Hell, even I figured they’d score some points on us. But, nope. And ten in a row it is.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:43 AM

    ” We can put points up on BAMA, and our receivers are better than those at “aTm”…

    Bo the Bama defense has heard you and handed you a “goose egg”…

    Roll Tide!…..

  11. dhardy8207 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:10 AM

    Seriously, I questioned the calls made by the Ole Miss coaching staff. There were several attempted 4th down conversions, one specifically in the 4th quarter that would have at least given the Rebels three points on the scoreboard. Not that it would have made a difference in the game other than they wouldn’t have been completely shut out….

    Roll Tide!….

  12. 700levelvet says: Sep 29, 2013 9:41 AM

    I will admit, I’m a college football fan because I bet on the games. I have no particular affiliation with any school or program. I comment here, mostly in a sarcastic sense to put fans balls in a vice, and it’s funny to me how personal they take it. That being said, Alabama continues to be the best team in the country because of one thing…Coaching, it’s as simple as that, they have the best coaching staff in the NCAA, with game plans and in game adjustments. Saban is a gamblers dream…

  13. ljstud1o says: Sep 29, 2013 10:30 AM

    I believe Ole Miss is now either 1-62 or 1-63 when they play the Tide in Tuscaloosa.
    LSU looms large. They looked remarkably good versus Georgia even though they lost…

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 29, 2013 12:46 PM

    super,

    We were lucky in the SEC Championship game last
    year. Face it, Bama is “reloading” and that takes time
    and chemistry for the new faces to assimilate.

    Both of us have the target squarely on our backs from division rivals, regardless of past history, that would love nothing more than to take a bite out of our
    respective programs.

    I’d like to see the overnight TV ratings of the game.

    RTR

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