Shaud Williams fights for yardage. It was an old-fashioned slug-fest for the Alabama offense. For the game the Tide ran the ball 50 out of 57 plays, with Williams leading the way with 170 yards rushing. (Barry Fikes photo)
Demeco Ryans (#35 left) and Mark Anderson (#47 right) close in to make the tackle. Southern Miss tried to run the ball, but the Golden Eagles were significantly less successful. USM finished with only 17 net yards rushing to 243 for the Tide. (Barry Fikes photo)
Tide Head Coach Mike Shula directs traffic while checking out the time left on the clock. Shula said that he challenged Alabama's team last week in practice to somehow find a way to win the ballgame.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Avalos looks to the sideline for the play call. Filling in for injured quarterbacks Brodie Croyle and Spencer Pennington, Avalos completed 3-of-7 passes for 12 yards. That's reserve fullback Josh Smith (#38) in the background, who did yeoman work Saturday as a lead blocker.
With seemingly half the Alabama and USM teams trailing behind, Greg McLain (#31) stretches toward the goal line. Late in the fourth quarter Bama's Chris James blocked a punt, which McLain scooped up and returned to the 1-yardline. The next play Williams ran for a touchdown, giving Alabama a 17-3 lead and essentially putting the game out of reach. (Barry Fikes photo)
Charlie Peprah looks over his shoulder at the officials. With time winding down, Southern Miss made one last drive. But after catching the pass, USM's Tim Blackwell fumbled. Peprah picked the ball up, spun around and appeared to tightrope the sideline on his way for a touchdown. But the officials ruled that he stepped on the sideline. Bama took a knee on the next snap and the clock ran out.