NCAA Game Summary - Ole Miss at Alabama|
(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: (8) Alabama 23, Ole Miss 10
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson garnered 220 all-purpose
yards to help eighth-ranked Alabama bounce back from its first loss with a
23-10 win over Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Richardson caught five passes for 101 yards, ran 11 times for 45 yards and
returned three kicks for 74 yards for Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC), which lost at
South Carolina last week to have a 19-game win streak snapped. Greg McElroy
rebounded nicely from his first collegiate loss, completing 17-of-25 passes
for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
"I thought the energy level was good when we came back in the second half,"
Richardson said. "We came out and executed plays, and we got to the ball. We
did what we had to do to get the win."
While Ole Miss came into the game as the clear underdog, the Rebels' 12
penalties totaling 106 yards helped Alabama consistently have control of field
Jeremiah Masoli was largely ineffective passing, throwing for just 110 yards
on 18-of-40 efficiency with a touchdown and an interception, as Ole Miss (3-3,
1-2) had a two-game win streak snapped. The Rebels have historically been
dominated in the state of Alabama against the Crimson Tide, dropping to
"I thought our guys played hard. That first half was difficult," said Ole Miss
head coach Houston Nutt. "We had bad field position going against a very good
football team, and you can't help them. We helped them. We were the least
penalized team in the league coming in and then man, we just can't help a good
Alabama started quickly, and the outcome was never in doubt.
After the Crimson Tide defense forced an opening three-and-out, McElroy led an
11-play, 46-yard series that ended in a seven-yard scoring throw to Preston
Dial. The drive was maintained when, on 4th-and-10 from the Rebels' 20, Ole
Miss was called for a personal foul roughing the kicker penalty. Three plays
later, Alabama scored.
The Tide tacked on Cade Foster's 49-yard field goal with less than a minute to
go in the opening quarter, and the Ole Miss offense continued to flounder.
Alabama's Jeremy Shelley kicked a 19-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead before
Mississippi finally got across midfield for the first time with under five
minutes remaining in the first half. The Rebels couldn't cash in for the
touchdown, but Bryson Rose's 22-yard field goal put the visitors on the board.
Alabama had a quick answer after they regained possession with 1:20 to go. An
11-yard completion to Ingram in addition to a face-mask penalty helped the
Crimson Tide gain the Ole Miss 43, and McElroy found Marquis Maze for a 15-
yard completion into field goal range.
Foster drilled his third field goal of the game from 44 yards away on the
first half's final play for a 16-3 margin.
Alabama expanded its lead early in the second half on Richardson's 85-yard
catch-and-run to the end zone, though Ole Miss' offense finally came through
on its next possession.
The Rebels went almost strictly to the pass, and Masoli was able to convert an
early third down with a 15-yard pass to Brandon Bolden. Masoli ran for 26
yards on the next play to gain the Alabama 30, and an eight-yard strike to
Bolden on 3rd-and-6 kept the drive moving. Three plays later, on 3rd-and-7
from the 15, Masoli hit Melvin Harris in the end zone for a 23-10 contest with
4:25 left in the third.
Mississippi, though, never crossed midfield for the remainder of the game.
Alabama has won seven straight over Ole Miss, 10 straight over the Rebels at
home and leads the all-time series, 44-9-2...The Crimson Tide have won 18
consecutive games at home overall...Ole Miss came into the game the highest
scoring offense in the SEC at 37.2 points per game.
10/17 01:30:56 ET