Alabama vs.Mississippi State
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Greg McElroy completed 12-of-18 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, while being intercepted once, as 11th-ranked Alabama earned a convincing 30-10 win over 17th-ranked Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Mark Ingram ran for 53 yards on 18 carries and caught two passes for 77 yards and a score while Marquis Maze made five grabs for 89 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson Tide (8-2 overall, 5-2 in the SEC), who have taken three straight and eight of the last 10 meetings from the Bulldogs. Julio Jones made three catches for 41 yards and dashed 56 yards for a touchdown for the hosts, who have won 19 straight home games.
Chris Relf connected on 8-of-16 passes for 70 and was intercepted once before being relieved by Tyler Russell, who went 4-for-7 for 80 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3), who had a six-game win streak, their longest since 1999, snapped.
Alabama got the ball to start the game and moved to the Bulldogs’ 19-yard line before Ingram gained one yard on 3rd-on-2. Jeremy Shelley came on to nail a 36-yard field goal to get the Tide on the board 3:05 into the game. The teams then traded field goals, as Derek DePasquale’s 24-yard field goal tied the game with just over 5 1/2 minutes to go in the quarter before Cade Foster put the hosts ahead again with a 45-yarder with 50 seconds to go. McElroy found Maze on the right side for a short completion before he shedatackle, slashed inside to his left at the Bulldogs’ 30 and raced into the end zone to give Alabama a 13-3 edge with 7:09 to go before halftime.
Mississippi State picked up a couple of first downs on its next drive before it stalled and they were forced to punt. Maze brought the kick back 81 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty but the Tide wasted little time making up for their mistake. On the ensuing play, Ingram took a screen pass to the right side, got a great Jones block and outraced every tackler down the sideline 78 yards to paydirt to finish off the longest reception of his career and give the Tide a 20-3 advantage.
Jones ran right on an end around, slippedatackle at midfield and sprinted to the end zone to finish off his 56-yard run on Alabama’s first play from scrimmage in the second half to extend the margin to 27-3. Shelley added his second field goal of the night from 28 yards out just over three minutes into the fourth quarter to give the Tide a 27-point cushion.
Tyler Russell took over for Relf and directed a 10-play, 78-yard drive that he capped off with a 27-yard scoring pass to Chad Bumphis, who out leaped two defenders to make the grab with just over eight minutes left in the game.