Stats Story

Alabama's offense was so inefficient for most of the day, that it could almost go unnoticed that tailback Kenneth Darby had another 100-yard rushing day and that quarterback Brodie Croyle completed passes for 234 yards.

Alabama did not have its best day in slipping past Ole Miss, 13-10, in Oxford Saturday. And as it came down to the end, it may be that the most meaningful statistics were:

Field Goals: Ole Miss 1-3. Alabama 2-3. Bama's Jamie Christensen hit two field goals, including the game-winner as time expired. Two Mississippi kickers combined to miss two, one from 31 yards that Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News said "looked like one of those Dr Pepper kicks, or a student kicking for books," the other a 35-yarder that was blocked.

Kenneth Darby had 20 rushes for 100 yards. Brodie Croyle completed 22 of 37 passes for 234 yards.

In Bama's first Tyrone Prothro -less game, Keith Brown was the leading receiver with six catches for 79 yards. Nick Walker had three for 46 yards. Ten different Tiders caught passes with Darby thee for 13, Glen Coffee two for 26, Tim Castille two for 15, LéRon McClain two for 13, Ezekial Knight one for 16, D.J. Hall one for 10, Matt Caddell one for nine, and Matt Miller one for seven.

Croyle was Bama's second-leading rusher. He had five carries for a net of 20 yards. He was sacked twice. McClain had one carry for four yards. Coffee had one carry and Castille two, both for zero yards.

Jeremy Schatz shanked his first punt, but on the day was pretty good with six punts for a 36.7 average and a long punt of 51 yards.

Brandon Brooks replaced Prothro on kick returns and had two punt returns for nine yards and one kickoff return for 18 yards.

Ramzee Robinson had a pass interception and returned it 39 yards.

Linebacker Juwan Simpson was the Tide's leading tackler with five primary stops and three assists. Anthony Madison (five primary, one assist), Roman Harper (3-3), and Charlie Peprah (2-4) were all in on six tackles. DeMeco Ryans caused a fumble that was recovered by Charlie Peprah.

In team statistics, Alabama's last drive to the game-winning points was about the difference.

Alabama had 17 first downs (6 rushing, 11 passing) to Mississippi's 14 (two rushing, 11 passing, one by penalty). Bama had 30 rushes for 121 yards, Ole Miss 30 rushes for 69 yards. Bama completed 22 of 37 passes for 234 yards with no interceptions. The Rebels completed 190 of 33 passes for 210 yards with one interception.

Alabama had 67 plays for 355 yards, an average of 5.3 yards per play. Mississippi had 63 plays for 279 yards, an average of 4.4 yards per play.

Bama fumbled twice and lost both of them, while the Rebels lost their only fumble.

Bama was penalized six times for 40 yards, the Rebels five times for 26 yards.

For the first time this year, Alabama lost the time of possession battle. Ole Miss had the ball for 32:47, Alabama for 27:13. In the third quarter the Rebels had the ball for 10:14, Bama for 4:46.

Alabama was seven of 16 on third down conversions and zero of one on fourth down trieds. The Rebels were seven of 18 on thikrd down plays and did not try a fourth down conversion.

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