NCAA Game Summary - Alabama at Ole Miss|
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: (2) Alabama 52, Ole Miss 7
Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson had a career night on the
ground for second-ranked Alabama, rushing for 183 yards and four touchdowns on
17 carries to help the Crimson Tide destroy the Ole Miss Rebels, 52-7.
Jalston Fowler carried the ball nine times for a career-high 125 yards and two
scores for the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC), who have won all seven of their
games thus far by 16 or more points.
"We knew their defense was going to come after us," Richardson said. "We knew
they were going to try and stop our passing game, so we had to balance it out.
We also knew their defensive line was going to crash as much as they can, so
we had to work in the middle."
A.J. McCarron completed 19-of-24 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown for
Alabama, which racked up 389 yards on the ground.
The 52 points scored by Alabama is the most by the Crimson Tide in an SEC game
since a 59-28 victory over Vanderbilt on September 29, 1990.
Randall Mackey connected on 10-of-21 passes for 113 yards and an interception
for the Rebels (2-4, 0-3), who were held to 28 yards rushing.
"No one has been able to tackle him consistently this year," Ole Miss head
coach Houston Nutt said of Richardson. "I do not care what team they are
playing against, they have a good offensive line and they do not have to ask
AJ McCarron to do too much. He is a tough running back and is one of the top
in the country. He should be a Heisman Trophy candidate."
The Rebels actually started the game with a five-play, 72-yard scoring drive.
Nickolas Brassell's 59-yard catch led to Jeff Scott's one-yard TD run for an
early 7-0 lead.
From there, Richardson and Alabama took over. Michael Williams and DeAndrew
White both made key third down catches on a nine-play, 79-yard march, which
Richardson capped with an eight-yard rushing TD.
The Crimson Tide took the lead for good with a 10-play scoring drive that
bridged the first and second quarters. On 4th-and-2 at the Ole Miss 31,
Richardson rushed for 10 yards and a fresh set of downs. Richardson capped the
drive with a seven-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 edge early in the second
Alabama tried to extend its lead with a 53-yard Cade Foster field goal, but
the attempt failed.
The ensuing Ole Miss possession resulted in Mackey being intercepted by Robert
Lester. Richardson carried the ball four straight times to put the ball at the
21 of the Rebels. A 24-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal gave Alabama a 17-7
margin with under 1 1/2 minutes left in the half.
The Crimson Tide turned the game into a laugher in the second half. On the
first drive of the third quarter, Darius Hanks caught a 36-yard pass to put
the ball at the eight. Richardson finished the six-play march with another
Following an Ole Miss punt, Richardson broke off a career-long 76-yard TD run.
Richardson fought through multiple arm tackles on the left side before
changing direction. The junior running back made a great shake-and-bake move
at the 10-yard line before heading into the end zone for a 31-7 lead.
Things got worse for the Rebels after Mackey fumbled the football. Fowler
recorded an eight-yard TD run to make it a 38-7 game with under seven minutes
to play in the third.
Brandon Gibson added a 10-yard TD catch late in the third frame to give the
Crimson Tide a 45-7 margin.
Fowler had a career-long 69-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to account for
the final margin.
Alabama owns a commanding 45-9-2 series lead over Ole Miss, which includes a
23-10 victory last season...Alabama has been very successful in the second
month of the season under head coach Nick Saban. Now in his fifth season at
Alabama, the Crimson Tide sports a 16-1 record in October...Alabama has won
its last eight games by 16 or more points dating back to last season's Capital
One Bowl victory over Michigan State. That eight-game streak is tied for the
longest such mark in the modern era of Crimson Tide football (since
1950)...Richardson became the first Tide player since Shaun Alexander (LSU,
November 9, 1996) to rush for four touchdowns in a game.
10/15 23:35:25 ET