AP: Tide Roll

OXFORD, Miss. -- Trent Richardson ran for a career-best 183 yards and set another a career best with four touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama's defense smothered foundering Mississippi in a 52-7 win on Saturday night.

Richardson put the Rebels (2-4, 0-3 SEC) away with an electric 76-yard run midway through the third quarter and now leads the nation with six straight 100-yard games. He's scored 16 touchdowns this season for the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0) and displayed his rare combination of power and speed as he tossed aside Rebels with ease.

It was the most-lopsided defeat since a 49-3 loss to Florida in 1981 for Ole Miss, playing the first of three straight games against ranked opponents. The Rebels have lost eight straight to Alabama, which hadn't scored this many points in an SEC game since 1990.

Randall Mackey's 59-yard pass completion to the 2 on the game's fourth play helped the Rebels take a 7-0 lead on their opening drive. But after giving up 72 yards on that drive's five plays, the Crimson Tide held Ole Miss without a yard for the rest of the half, a total of 18 plays, on the way to a 17-7 lead.

Alabama turned up the offensive intensity in the second half, scoring on five of six offensive possessions. The sixth ended deep in Ole Miss territory as time expired.

After scoring runs of 8 and 7 yards in the first half, Richardson capped Alabama's opening drive of the second half with an 8-yard touchdown run set up by A.J. McCarron's 36-yard pass to Darius Hanks. After the defense forced a punt on Ole Miss' ensuing possession, Richardson opened Alabama's second drive with a 16-yard run.

He then took the handoff through the left side of the line, shedding two Rebels, cut across the field and down the right sideline. It looked as if Ole Miss would hem him in around the 10, but he stopped short to shake one defender, and sprinted to the pylon while knocking away two more would-be tacklers for the highlight-reel score.

With that, Richardson was done for the night. He averaged 10.8 yards per carry.

Jalston Fowler followed Richardson's two TDs with an 8-yard run to make it 38-7. McCarron hit Brandon Gibson with a 10-yard scoring pass, then Fowler gashed Ole Miss for another long run, scoring from 69 yards out.

Richardson and Fowler, who finished with 125 yards rushing, helped the Tide rush for 389 yards (9.3 yards per carry) and Alabama finished with 615 total. The Rebels didn't find much room in the second half either, and finished with 113 total yards and just 28 rushing.

The Crimson Tide forced two turnovers, sacked Mackey five times and stopped the Rebels' only real second-half threat with a goal-line stand.

The Rebels, already without four players due to suspension, lost two key defenders to injuries as well. Cornerback Marcus Temple fractured his right ankle in the first half and defensive end Wayne Dorsey was lost in the second half to an unspecified injury.


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