Alabama shuts out Mississippi State

No. 1 Alabama continued it dominance against its schedule as it defeated No. 16 Mississippi State 24-0. Its offense was held in check finishing with 304 yards, which is its lowest of the season by 212.

Play of the game:

With three minutes left in the first half, Tua Tagovailoa checked down to Josh Jacobs, who saw an open field in front of him and ran into the end zone untouched to extend Alabama’s lead to 21-0.

Offensive player of the game:

Cody Estremera: Josh Jacobs

James Ogletree: Josh Jacobs

Defensive player of the game:

Cody Estremera: Quinnen Williams

James Ogletree: Quinnen Williams

Fan player of the game:

Offense: Josh Jacobs

Defense: Quinnen Williams

Notes:

  • After its streak of opening-drive touchdowns was broken last week at LSU, Alabama got back on track with a nine-play touchdown drive to start the game. Damien Harris had five carries, including the 1-yard touchdown.
  • The Crimson Tide’s next drive looked a lot like the first. It spanned 13 plays, nine of which were runs, and culminated in a 1-yard Josh Jacobs touchdown run.
  • Jacobs got back in the end zone with 3:26 left in the first half, taking a short pass from Tagovailoa 14 yards to the house. It was Jacobs’ team-leading 11th touchdown of the year.
  • Alabama held Mississippi State to 24 rushing yards in the first half, 38 of which came on one run.
  • Tagovailoa threw his second interception of the season on the opening drive of the second half.
  • After averaging 78 yards on its first two drives, Alabama’s next nine drives failed to gain more than 36 yards.
  • Tagovailoa was slow to get up after being sacked late in the third quarter. He remained in the medical tent for several minutes.
  • Alabama’s offensive line had allowed only six sacks in nine games before Saturday, but allowed four to the Bulldog’s heralded defensive front.
  • This is the first time Alabama has recorded back-to-back shutouts since beating Western Carolina and Auburn 49-0 in 2012. It hasn’t shut out SEC opponents in back-to-back weeks since 1980.
  • The Crimson Tide’s school-record streak of nine consecutive games with 500 yards of offense was snapped. The team finished with 304 yards.

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