Nick Saban entered Saturday night time’s sport at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, with a 20-Zero report towards coaches who was one in all his assistants.
He is now 21-Zero after No. 2 Alabama escaped the disappointed bid by means of Lane Kiffin’s Mississippi workforce, 63-48.
Because the rating signifies, issues had been infrequently simple for the Red Tide.
Kiffin, the previous Alabama offensive coordinator, had the Ole Leave out offense buzzing, gashing Alabama for 647 yards. It was once essentially the most yards the Red Tide had ever ceded, and the most points they’d ever given up in a victory.
Fortuitously for Saban, the Ole Leave out protection had even much less solutions.
The Red Tide in fact out-gained the Rebels, piling up 723 yards. That overall was once the second-most in Alabama historical past, behind only a 1973 contest. The blended overall yards – 1,370 – was a new record for an SEC game.
Alabama was once balanced, too, as Mac Jones had 417 passing yards and two touchdowns whilst the run sport churned out 306 yards and 7 TDs.
Najee Harris churned out the majority of the ones yards, sporting 23 occasions for 206 yards and 5 touchdowns, which tied a faculty report.
Alabama working again Najee Harris runs all through the sport towards Ole Leave out. (Photograph: Kent Gidley, Handout Photograph/USA TODAY Sports activities)
It was once score-for-score nearly all the night time, with the rating tied six occasions.
Ole Leave out set the tone early, wanting simply 54 seconds to attain a landing on a four-play, 75-yard pressure. Alabama took 10 performs and four:37 to reply with a TD of its personal, to get the shootout off and working.
After forcing a punt, Alabama marched down the sphere once more, however a fumble by means of Harris – extremely, the primary of his occupation – on the 1-yard line saved the rating even at 7. Ole Leave out would flip that momentum into any other landing.
After a couple of punts, Alabama scored a TD, then the 2 groups traded touchdowns once more to move into the part tied at 21.
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There was somehow even less defense in the second half – there was not a single punt in the final 30 minutes.
Leading 49-42, Alabama finally forced Ole Miss to settle for a field goal with 7:01 remaining. The Tide then staged a 90-yard drive to go up 11 and, more or less, seal the game.
While Saban is almost certainly happy to beat Kiffin given the latter’s somewhat contentious exit from Alabama and comments he’s made in the media since, his former offensive coordinator exposed plenty of things for the Tide to work on.
And they have no time to waste, as No. 3 Georgia comes to Tuscaloosa next week.