GAMEDAY College Football

Alabama 63, Southern Miss 14

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Jameson Williams opened the game with a 100-yard kickoff return, then added an 81-yard touchdown catch and another 83-yard runback in No. 1 Alabama's 63-14 win over Southern Miss.

Williams and the Crimson Tide (4-0) needed just 14 seconds to put to rest any worries of a letdown against Southern Miss (1-3) after a close win over No. 11 Florida and with No. 13 Mississippi on deck. Bryce Young was nearly flawless in throwing for five touchdowns while completing 20 of 22 passes for 313 yards.

"I call guys like him ... he's a dog," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He loves playing. He plays hard. He plays fast, and he's got great speed."

The performance was marred only by a third quarter interception at the goal line when the ball bounced off Williams, who was unstoppable when he caught the ball.

It was business as usual for 'Bama, win No. 100 in a row over unranked opponents and plenty of playing time for the backups. Just add in a trio of huge plays from the speedster Williams.

The game started with the Ohio State transfer's 100-yard dash shortly after No. 9 Clemson fell to North Carolina State, No. 16 Arkansas beat No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 23 Auburn averted an upset bid by Georgia State.

The Tide wasted not a single play showing this one wasn't going that way.

Williams spun out of the grasp of a defender and raced the remaining 65 yards untouched.

"He broke some tackles and ran away from us," Southern Miss coach Will Hall said.

Roydell Williams ran for 110 yards and Jase McClellan gained 97, plus a 9-yard touchdown catch. Jahleel Billingley caught five passes for 105 yards and a score.

Even an Alabama mistake resulted in a touchdown.

John Metchie III was diving toward the goal line in the first quarter when he was knocked out of bounds. The ball popped out after he tried to reach back across the pylon, but tight end Cameron Latu reached across the line and pulled it into the end zone.

Southern Miss freshman Ty Keyes made his second straight start in place of an injured Trey Lowe. Keyes passed for 131 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also led the Golden Eagles with 41 rushing yards.

"I thought our young quarterback really grew up tonight," Hall said, adding that "he showed he belongs in an environment like this." THE TAKEAWAY

Southern Miss: Hopelessly overmatched but Keyes & Co. kept battling and reached the end zone a second time in the fourth quarter.

Alabama: Did just what it was supposed to in dominating a sandwich game between Florida and Ole Miss, outgaining the Golden Eagles 608-213. Billingsley's re-emergence after opening the season in coach Nick Saban's doghouse gives the Tide another big weapon.

Alabama athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SouMisAla
Ala TD 14:46 Jameson Williams 100 yard kick return for TD (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 7
Ala TD 9:41 Jahleel Billingsley 16 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 14
Ala TD 3:00 Cameron Latu 1 yard TD pass from (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 21
Second Quarter SouMisAla
Ala TD 14:26 Roydell Williams 1 yard TD run (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 28
Ala TD 12:36 Jameson Williams 81 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 35
SouMis TD 5:26 Chandler Pittman 14 yard TD pass from Ty Keyes (Briggs Bourgeois Extra Point) 7 35
Ala TD 0:15 Jase McClellan 9 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 7 42
Third Quarter SouMisAla
Ala TD 12:22 Cameron Latu 11 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 7 49
Fourth Quarter SouMisAla
SouMis TD 13:29 Demarcus Jones 11 yard TD pass from Ty Keyes (Briggs Bourgeois Extra Point) 14 49
Ala TD 13:16 Jameson Williams 83 yard kick return for TD (Will Reichard Extra Point) 14 56
Ala TD 2:49 Javon Baker 24 yard TD pass from Jalen Milroe (Will Reichard Extra Point) 14 63
Team Stats
  Southern Miss Alabama
First downs 11 23
  Rushing 3 9
  Passing 7 13
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 6-10, 60%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 33-82 33-211
Passing Yards 131 395
Return Yards 90 208
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-24-1 23-26-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-19 1-7
Punts 9 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-36 6-60
Southern Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Keyes 11 24 131 2 1
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Young 20 22 313 5 1
P. Tyson 2 3 58 0 0
J. Milroe 1 1 24 1 0
Southern Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Keyes 12 41 3.4 0
C. Pittman 6 28 4.7 0
D. Richard 4 7 1.8 0
F. Gore, Jr. 9 7 0.8 0
T. Webb 1 1 1.0 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Williams 11 110 10.0 1
J. McClellan 12 97 8.1 0
T. Sanders 5 12 2.4 0
J. Milroe 2 5 2.5 0
B. Young 2 -11 -5.5 0
Southern Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Gunter 3 61 20.3 0
D. Richard 1 19 19.0 0
J. Brownlee 1 19 19.0 0
C. Pittman 1 14 14.0 1
D. Jones 1 11 11.0 1
F. Gore, Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
D. Bailey-Brown 2 3 1.5 0
B. Dennis 1 0 0.0
0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Billingsley 5 105 21.0 1
J. Williams 1 81 81.0 1
J. Baker 2 59 29.5 1
C. Latu 3 57 19.0 2
J. Metchie III 7 45 6.4 0
S. Bolden 2 27 13.5 0
T. Holden 1 9 9.0 0
J. McClellan 1 9 9.0 1
T. Sanders 1 3 3.0 0
Southern Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Shorts 1 13
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Hellams 1 6
Southern Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hunt 9 401 44.6
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Burnip 2 78 39.0
Southern Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Bailey-Brown 1 18 18.0
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Earle 2 25 12.5
Southern Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Harrell 2 37 18.5
A. Willis 1 22 22.0
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Williams 3 177 59.0
Southern Miss Missed FG
Player Length
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length




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