OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Prime-ranked Alabama confronted a uncommon little bit of adversity Saturday evening when Mississippi’s first offensive play became a 75-yard landing move from Jordan Ta’amu to D.Ok. Metcalf.

The angst lasted a grand complete of 11 seconds.

Alabama wasn’t going to let one play shake its confidence.

Unleashing a relentless onslaught from that time ahead, No. 1 Alabama buried Ole Miss 62-7 in a Southeastern Convention opener that rapidly became a blowout.

“We do not dwell on performs like that,” Alabama defensive again Xavier McKinney mentioned. “When that (landing) occurred, we weren’t down about it. We simply stored going, stored taking part in and I really feel like we did an awesome job.”

Tua Tagovailoa threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, Jerry Jeudy caught two scoring passes and the Tide’s offense rolled up 49 factors earlier than halftime. Alabama (Three-Zero) had 516 complete yards and was so efficient that Tagovailoa’s night was over by halfway by means of the second quarter.

The left-handed sophomore accomplished 11 of 15 passes throughout his quick time on the sphere. The Tide then turned to Jalen Hurts, who accomplished 7 of 10 passes for 85 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

It was so lopsided that third-string quarterback Mac Jones was within the sport earlier than the top of the third quarter. Alabama coach Nick Saban — not referred to as one who provides out compliments simply — had no complaints about how his crew dealt with its first street sport in a hostile surroundings.

“I will have to offer us a great grade in all these areas,” Saban mentioned. “I used to be happy.”

Ole Miss (2-1) suffered by means of a second straight blowout loss to the Crimson Tide. The Rebels fell 66-Three final yr in Tuscaloosa.

Jordan Ta’amu accomplished simply 7 of 22 passes for 133 yards, one landing and two interceptions.

“We had been capable of make some performs, however it’s exhausting as a result of they mess up your timing,” Ta’amu mentioned. “I needed to throw faster or tucked it to run and that is not on our receivers. Additionally they did a great job of batting balls that I believed would have been performs for us.”

The sport was doubtful for about 11 seconds. That is the time it took for Ta’amu to seek out Metcalf for a 75-yard landing that despatched Vaught-Hemingway Stadium right into a frenzy.

The euphoria was short-lived. Alabama wasn’t fazed.

The Tide scored seven touchdowns by halftime, doing no matter it wished towards the Ole Miss protection. There have been loads of clues the Rebels would battle to decelerate the Tide — together with giving up 629 complete yards to Southern Illinois final week — however the onslaught was nonetheless beautiful.

“We knew we might need to capitalize off turnovers and execute to make it a 4 quarter sport,” Ole Miss coach Matt Luke mentioned. “We did not try this. We had possibilities early.”


Only a few folks anticipated Ole Miss to win this sport, however a decently shut end result might need constructed some confidence for the Rebels. Clearly, that did not occur. The Ole Miss protection has been brutal by means of three video games this season and the offense — aside from the primary 75-yard landing — regarded out of sync. The Rebels will attempt to regroup subsequent week towards Kent State.

Alabama breezed to its first true street win of the season, and its most spectacular feat was slowing down an Ole Miss offense that regarded so good for the season’s first two weeks. The secondary was burned on the opening play, however when Ole Miss tried one other deep ball on the subsequent drive, Trevon Diggs knocked it away and the Tide cruised to a dominant efficiency.


Tagovailoa has been the quarterback for 20 drives this season with 14 of them leading to touchdowns. One of many others resulted in a subject objective.


Ole Miss hosts Kent State subsequent Saturday.

Alabama hosts Texas A&M subsequent Saturday.


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