Tide Has A Way Of Beating Rebels

It was easy to remember back to 1989. In that Alabama-Ole Miss game, played in Jackson, the Rebels scored three touchdowns by the midway point of the first quarter. It looked like there was going to be a rout. And there was.



Alabama surrendered only a 7-0 lead to Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday night. Then the Crimson Tide rolled off 52 consecutive points. Hah!, scoffs Gary Hollingsworth and the 1989 Bama. Hollingsworth threw for five touchowns and Bama scored 62 unanswered points before giving up a late, meaningless touchdown to Mississippi in a 62-27 victory.

Saturday night's 52-7 win over Ole Miss in Oxford was the Crimson Tide's eighth in a row over the Rebels. Bama now has a 49-8-2 record against Mississippi (45-9-2 when NCAA penalties are figured in). Alabama has won 25 of the last 27 games in the series. Bama is 8-2 in games against Ole Miss in Oxford.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban is now 9-1 against the Rebels, including 5-0 at Alabama.

Saban's Alabama coaching record is now 50-11 on the field. (Five wins were vacated by the NCAA.)

The 52 points scored against the Rebels was the most in a Southeastern Conference game since the Tide defeated Vanderbilt, 59-28, in 1990.

Alabama has won its last eight games by at least 16 points, tying the school record set in 1977-78. Going back to the Capital One Bowl and a 49-7 win over Michigan State, Alabama has defeated Kent State by 48-7, Penn State 27-11, North Texas 41-0, Arkansas 38-14, Florida 38-10, and Vanderbilt 34-0 before Saturday's 52-7 win over Ole Miss.

Alabama did not have star linebacker Courtney Upshaw for the first quarter as he was penalized for a violation of team rules. When he did get in he did well with two sacks, including one that resulted in a fumble and led to an easy Bama touchdown.

Nico Johnson led the Tide with six tackles, including one sack for five yards and another tackle for a four-yard loss. Ed Stinson had a fumble recovery. Robert Lester had a 30-yard runback with his first interception of the season.

Alabama has had at least one interception in six of its seven games this season (all but North Texas).

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has now thrown 151 consecutive passes without an interception. That is the third longest streak in Bama history. He has gone six games without an interception. Brodie Croyle has the school record with 190 consecutive passes without an interception with Jay Barker second at 155.

The Alabama defense had 14 plays resulting in lost yardage for the Rebels. The Rebels were held to 28 rushing yards on 31 attempts. In Saban's tenure at Alabama, the Tide defense has held opponents to under 100 yards rushing 38 times, which is 62.3 per cent of games. Ole Miss became the sixth opponent this year to have fewer than 100 yards rushing.

Alabama has not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points going back eight games, the Capital One Bowl win over Michigan State at the end of the 2010 season and all seven games this year.

Alabama held Ole Miss to 141 total yards. In Saban's Alabama career, the Tide has limited opponents to less than 300 yards total offense 36 times, or 59 per cent of games. Bama has not allowed more than 251 yards (Penn State) this year and has limited opponents to under 200 yards four times.

Also under Saban, Alabama defenses have limited opponents to under 10 points in 29 of 61 games, including five of seven this season.

Although Alabama's halftime lead was a bit shaky, only 17-7, the Crimson Tide now has a record of 45-3 under Saban when leading at the half.

Ole Miss opened the game with a 72-yard drive. At halftime the Rebels had net offense of those same 72 yards. Alabama had 228 yards.

Ole Miss had a two-way player against Alabama. Freshman Nickolas Brazzell had four receptions for 104 yards, including a 59-yard catch that set up Mississippi's touchdown, and played at cornerback on defense and had four tackles. He replaced Marcus Temple on defense after Temple suffered a broken ankle.

The 61,792 who attended the game marked the fourth largest crowd in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. It was the largest crowd since the Alabama game in 2009.

Tide tailback Trent Richardson had his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game as he had 17 carries for 183 yards. He went into the game tied for the national lead in that category and has now tied former Tider Shaun Alexander for the school record with six in a row. He has rushed for over 100 yards 10 times in his career and Bama has a 10-0 record in those games.

He set career highs for yards, touchdowns (four), and also had the longest run of his career, a 76-yard touchdown run.

In seven games this year, Richardson has 15 touchdowns. He has scored three or more touchdowns in three games. He has scored at least two touchdowns in five of Bama's seven games. He came into the game leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring and in touchdowns.

For his career, Richardson has 29 rushing touchdowns and also has five receiving and one on a kickoff return for a total of 35

Senior Tide wide receiver Brandon Gibson had his first career touchdown pass reception in the win over the Rebels. He is the 12th different player to score for the Tide this season.

Next week Alabama hosts Tennessee in Bryant-Denny Stadium in a teacher-student match-up. The Vols are coached by Derek Dooley, who coached under Alabama's Nick Saban at LSU for five years and at the Miami Dolphins for one season.

Alabama captains were safety Mark Barron, center William Vlachos, wide receiver Brandon Gibson, and linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

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