Photo report: Tide stops State

Continuing to pursue its goal of being the "Best in the West" (SEC Western Division), Alabama took its fourth straight SEC game, 28-14 over Mississippi State. The victory pushed the Tide's conference record to 5-1. Bama has won seven of its last eight league games.

Tyler Watts (14) runs the ball with Greg McLain (31) blocking. Watts was 16-of-22 for 223 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also contributed 27 yards on the ground. The day's production put him over 3,000 passing yards and 4,000 total yards for his career. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

Defensive end Kindal Moorehead (54) sacks the Bulldog quarterback. Moorehead had five tackles for the game, as the Tide defense became dominant in the fourth quarter. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

Shaud Williams (21) heads toward the goal on his touchdown run. For the game Alabama gained 165 yards rushing, with Williams contributing 44. The junior A-Back also caught a pass for 14 yards and returned two punts for 29. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

Alabama players and coaches frankly laugh when they hear their head coach described as perpetually calm. In fact game and practice reality is quite different. Dennis Franchione was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Saturday, after he went onto the field to make his point to an official. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

With Waine Bacon (24) trailing the play (and with help from an unidentified teammate), free safety Roman Harper makes the sure tackle. The secondary's player of the week versus Vanderbilt, Harper had three tackles Saturday. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

Zach Fletcher (80) congratulates Triandos Luke (84) following Luke's second touchdown. For the second week in a row Luke was the Tide's leading receiver, catching seven passes for 128 yards. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

Antwan Odom (98) chases Kevin Fant, the MSU quarterback. Odom made the sack, slinging Fant into the endzone in the process. The fans wanted a safety on the play, but initial contact was made just inside the one-yard line. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

Kathryn Poston cheers on the Tide. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

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