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GAMEDAY College Football

Alabama 30, Mississippi State 6

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Bryce Young passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns and No. 6 Alabama's defense continued its domination of No. 24 Mississippi State in a 30-6 victory.

The Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from their first loss of the season, a 52-49 defeat to No. 3 Tennessee. Alabama defenders got a measure of redemption after giving up more points than any Alabama team since 1907.

The normally prolific Will Rogers and the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-3) still couldn't reach the end zone against Alabama until the final play. It was the first touchdown Mississippi State had managed against the Tide in three meetings under coach Mike Leach, getting outscored (120-15).

Rogers completed 30 of 60 passes for 231 yards. Jo'quavious Marks scored on a 1-yard run to end the game. Young completed 21 of 35 passes with a couple of long ones on scrambles, including a 31-yard TD to JoJo Earle.

This one didn't turn into a showdown of star quarterbacks, however, but a statement game for `Bama's defense. The Tide, which started LSU transfer cornerback Eli Ricks for the first time, had 15 pass breakups and four sacks after getting victimized by the Volunteers.

Ricks, who didn't play against Tennessee, and fellow cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry each broke up four passes.

Alabama has won the last four meetings at Bryant-Denny Stadium by a combined 136-9.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi State has now dropped two straight games. The Bulldogs had failed fourth-down calls from the Tide's 15 and its own 30 in the first half. They went for it on fourth down six times, converting three.

Alabama: The Tide cleaned up its act after getting flagged a school-record 17 times against Tennessee. Alabama committed two penalties for 18 yards.

REMEMBERING SAM

Mississippi State wore "SW 78" stickers on their helmets in honor of Sam Westmoreland, a freshman offensive lineman who died on Wednesday. There was a moment of silence before the game. The coroner said no foul play was suspected but didn't release details.

ALABAMA ABSENCES

Alabama defensive tackles DJ Dale and Jaheim Oatis watched the game in street clothes, with Dale wearing a boot on his left leg. Linebacker Deontae Lawson also didn't play. However, wide receiver Jermaine Burton started after Alabama looked into a postgame incident where he appeared to strike a female Tennessee fan coming off the field.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MissStAla
Ala TD 3:57 JoJo Earle 31 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter MissStAla
Ala TD 11:38 Jahmyr Gibbs 19 yard TD run (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 14
Ala TD 8:19 Traeshon Holden 6 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 21
Ala FG 2:54 Will Reichard 50 yard field goal 0 24
Fourth Quarter MissStAla
Ala FG 14:49 Will Reichard 33 yard field goal 0 27
Ala FG 9:13 Will Reichard 38 yard field goal 0 30
MissSt TD 0:00 Jo'quavious Marks 1 yard TD run 6 30
Team Stats
  Mississippi State Alabama
First downs 20 21
  Rushing 7 4
  Passing 11 12
  Penalty 2 5
3rd Down Efficiency 7-22, 32% 8-17, 47%
4th down efficiency 3-6, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 27-62 27-29
Passing Yards 231 261
Return Yards 97 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 29-60-0 22-37-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-30 2-15
Punts 6 6
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 10-100 3-20
Mississippi State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Rogers 29 59 231 0 0
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Young 21 35 249 2 0
J. Milroe 1 2 12 0 0
Mississippi State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Marks 14 53 3.8 1
S. Price 8 36 4.5 0
W. Rogers 5 -27 -5.4 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Gibbs 11 39 3.5 1
J. McClellan 6 9 1.5 0
R. Williams 6 7 1.2 0
B. Young 3 -15 -5.0 0
Mississippi State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Thomas 8 73 9.1 0
A. Williams 3 46 15.3 0
R. Harvey 5 34 6.8 0
L. Griffin 2 24 12.0 0
J. Robinson 1 19 19.0 0
J. Walley 3 13 4.3 0
S. Price 4 11 2.8 0
C. Ducking 2 11 5.5 0
J. Marks 1 0 0.0
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Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Brooks 3 74 24.7 0
J. Burton 2 40 20.0 0
J. Earle 3 38 12.7 1
J. Gibbs 4 33 8.3 0
T. Holden 2 23 11.5 1
T. Harrell 1 12 12.0 0
J. McClellan 1 11 11.0 0
C. Latu 1 11 11.0 0
R. Williams 2 10 5.0 0
I. Bond 1 8 8.0 0
K. Prentice 2 1 .5 0
Mississippi State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Mississippi State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Georgopoulos 4 167 41.8
A. Trafford 2 76 38.0
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Burnip 6 222 37.0
Mississippi State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Z. Thomas 1 0 0
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Mississippi State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Griffin 2 42 21.0
S. Price 2 55 27.5
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Mississippi State Missed FG
Player Length
M. Biscardi 43
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length




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