NCAA Game Summary - Alabama at Mississippi State|
(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: (3) Alabama 31, Mississippi State 3
Starkville, MS (Sports Network) - Mark Ingram ran for 149 yards and two
scores, as third-ranked Alabama kept its perfect season going with a 31-3 rout
of Mississippi State.
Ingram, who played part of the contest with a bandage on a cut above his right
eye, piled up his yardage on 19 carries, which included a 70-yard TD run. Greg
McElroy was an efficient 13-of-18 for 192 yards and two scores for the Crimson
Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC), who have already clinched the conference's West
Division and remain in the thick of the national title hunt.
Alabama has games at home against Tennessee-Chattanooga and at Auburn before
it faces Florida in the SEC championship game on December 5.
Tyson Lee struggled under center for Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4), completing
9-of-17 passes for 99 yards with two interceptions. He was also sacked twice,
as the Bulldogs gained just 213 total yards.
"Give credit to Alabama, they made some big plays," Mississippi State head
coach Dan Mullen said. "I think we had a couple opportunities to make some big
plays, and we didn't come down with them."
After a scoreless first quarter, Alabama got on the board early in the second.
The Crimson Tide advanced 80 yards in six plays, scoring on a 45-yard pass
play. Under pressure, McElroy found Darius Hanks on the left side of the
field, and after making the catch, Hanks ran up the left sideline into the end
zone with 12:48 left in the half.
Mississippi State punted on its next possession, and Alabama drove for another
score. McElroy's 11-yard pass to Hanks converted a third down, and the Tide
picked up a 1st-and-goal when Ingram ran three yards to the Bulldogs' one-yard
line. On the next play, Ingram stretched to get the ball across the goal line
with 4:41 left as Alabama assumed a 14-0 lead.
Ingram had his helmet knocked off in the process, and with his head exposed,
he was cut and remained on the field as trainers attended to him. But after a
quick examination, he jogged off the field to be bandaged, then rejoined his
team in the second half.
Alabama had the only points of the third quarter, a 39-yard field goal from
Leigh Tiffin on the opening drive of the half.
Mississippi State got on the board in the fourth quarter, as Derek DePasquale
kicked a 34-yarder to end a 15-play drive that consumed nearly seven minutes
of game clock.
The score came with 10:35 left, but just 17 seconds later, McElroy found Julio
Jones for a 48-yard TD and a 24-3 Alabama lead.
Mark Barron intercepted Lee on the next Mississippi State drive, and on the
first play of the ensuing Crimson Tide series, Ingram dashed 70 yards for a
Jones finished with four catches for 66 yards, while Hanks ended with three
grabs for 59...Anthony Dixon gained 81 yards on 22 carries for the
Bulldogs, while also catching six passes for 59 yards...Mississippi State has
lost 10 straight games against teams ranked in the top five...Alabama holds a
73-18-3 lead over Mississippi State in the all-time series, which dates back
to the 1896 season.
11/15 01:52:21 ET