Alabama 66, Ole Miss 3: No upset; Alabama dominates Ole Miss

Erica Murray
October 4, 2017

Alabama (5-0, 2-0) has outscored Vanderbilt (69-0) and MS (66-3) by a combined score of 125-3 in its last two games, scoring at least 50 points in consecutive conference games for the first time since 1945.

"It was legal, it was a cut block", Saban said.

"It was a play we had just put in for that game", Wallace said. His freshman year against the Tide, Kirk took a 68-yard punt return to the house for a touchdown.

While Alabama was exorcising some demons on the football field against Ole Miss this past weekend, Avery Johnson and staff were looking to the future in a big way.

PASSING PATTERSON: This Ole Miss team does something in common with the last one the won in Tuscaloosa: a talented quarterback. The Rebels, who are averaging 427 yards per game through the air, average 36 points per game and aim to continue the assault against an Alabama defense tied for fourth in scoring defense (10 points per game) and tied for seventh in total defense (248 yards per game).

What happened: Lining up quickly to snap the ball after a 17-yard completion to Calvin Ridley, Alabama went back to the pass. Quarterback Jalen Hurts found Cam Sims across the middle, and the wideout sprinted toward the right sideline and upfield for a 60-yard gain. Our running back was supposed to go out like he was going to block the corner and then he slipped them. "It shouldn't be that way, but sometimes it is, and they've certainly responded and played really well". Nick Saban teams run the ball and control the tempo and the clock.

The game will be broadcast on SEC Network, the league announced Saturday night. The Ole Miss run defense ranks toward the bottom of the SEC and its linebackers, led by leading tackler DeMarquis Gates, are creating few negative plays. Kerryon Johnson had another banner day, racking up 116 yards and 3 rushing TDs with his 23 carries. He says he wasn't present when the crowd tore the goal posts down and paraded them across the field but remembers watching the moment on TV. The Rebels should be able to at least get on the board Saturday - but do they have the defensive power to keep the Tide from trashing them? Ole Miss will probably die in the second quarter. The Alabama pass rush has been less than fierce so far, but a healthy Evans, along with Jennings, could give that a boost against the best quarterback the Tide has faced so far. Bama racked up 496 yards on the ground alone (501 when you discount the three kneel downs at the end). "On area we must improve on is eye discipline", he said.

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