Alabama Hounds Bulldogs QB

The defensive game plan was to contain the spread option offense of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Stopping Dak Prescott was the primary goal. Alabama edge rushers and interior linemen successfully harassed, hurried and created turmoil for the record setting quarterback. A season high nine sacks (-55) was the day’s total for the Tide defensive front seven.

Nick Saban has touted the active group as the strength of the team all year long. The depth and talent of the unit was on display Saturday afternoon. Alabama (#2, 9-1, 6-1) defeated Mississippi State (#17, 7-3, 3-3) 31-6 before a sold out Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, MS. Jonathan Allen found his way into the backfield to record a team leading three sacks (-17), a career high for the junior defensive end. He finished with a career high seven tackles, four solo.

Three other defenders participated in the sack holiday. Junior defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson had a career high 2.5 (-13) sacks and five tackles, three solo. Ryan Anderson tallied two (-14), a career mark for the junior LB, and five tackles, three solo as well. Junior LB Tim Williams had 1.5 (-11) sacks and five tackles, two solo. Alabama has posted 38 sacks this season, the most in the Nick Saban era and the highest total since 2002 (44).

Listen and watch Allen and Anderson discuss the defensive pass rush and road victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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