Alabama overcame a slow start out of the gate and avoided any threat of an upset by pummeling the Mississippi State Bulldogs 24-7.
Alabama Linebacker Dont’a Hightower shows why he is considered to be one of the best Linebackers in the SEC and the country by planting the Mississippi State Quarterback.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The cleanup of crashing bodies is more than simply wiping the football field clean of blood and teeth. Trent Richardson has embraced the value of the training room. Needle and thread can do wonders for sewing Alabama’s toughest players back together after a physical pounding, such as the one experienced in Saturday’s 24-7 victory at Mississippi State. Richardson, Alabama’s junior running back and Heisman Trophy hopeful, said after a career-high 32 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown – his seventh 100-yard game of the season – he would donate some free time in exchange for extending his longevity as one of the nation’s most bruising rushers.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Heisman Trophy race was starting to look like a runaway for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Alabama running back Trent Richardson might have been his closest competitor, but he might have been rated a distant second. Funny how things can change in one night.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – As has been the case in several games this season, it took a while for Alabama’s offense to warm up. By the fourth quarter, it dominated, but what took so long? As has been the case in most games this season, Alabama’s defense dominated from start to finish. As has been the case lately, the special teams struggled. It all added up to a 24-7 victory Saturday night at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE, Miss. – What is the most glaring deficiency in Alabama’s offense? Here’s a hint: If you answered field goal kicking, you would be justified in your response but you would not be accurate. The answer is a lack of consistency. That’s not based only on the past two games, including Saturday night’s 24-7 victory at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE, Miss. – If you’re a title contender who just lost a 15-round split decision, and you have to fight again the next week, there’s no better place to climb back in the ring than Davis-Wade Stadium. Nothing cures a hangover like – wait for it – a little hair of the Bulldog. Think about it. Dan Mullen, the alleged brains behind Urban Meyer’s old operation, is in the home stretch of his third season at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Alabama’s raging response to its first loss apparently was locked in a cage somewhere very far from the clanging cowbells of Davis Wade Stadium. The Crimson Tide ultimately rescued itself from its deficiencies thanks in part to Mississippi State’s own problems, but mostly once again because of stout defense and its ability to wear opponents away in the second half.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Alabama’s defense has developed into a sack machine. Take the Crimson Tide’s past four games. After the five sacks Alabama pieced together in a 24-7 win at Mississippi State on Saturday night, the Tide now has 14 sacks in the past four games. It was sparked by Alabama’s big defensive playmaker Courtney Upshaw, who now leads the tide with 6.5 sacks for the season.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Barrett Jones’ streak of 10 consecutive starts ended Saturday when Alabama traveled to Mississippi State. Jones has been battling a few injuries this season. The latest is a right ankle injury he suffered during the Crimson Tide’s 9-6 overtime loss to LSU on Nov. 5.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Dee Hart did not dress for Saturday’s game at Mississippi State a week after the Crimson Tide true freshman dressed for his first collegiate game. Teams are limited to dressing 70 players for road games per SEC rules. Home teams may dress 95, but only 80 can participate.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Kevin Norwood caught two passes for a team-high 60 yards Saturday night, including a 38-yarder on the first offensive play of the first half, as he helped spark Alabama to a 24-7 victory over Mississippi State. In this video, see and hear what Norwood had to say after the game.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Sophomore linebacker C.J. Mosley had seven tackles, including a sack, Saturday night as he helped Alabama defeat Mississippi State 24-7. In this video, see and hear what Mosley had to say after the game.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi State – Senior safety Mark Barron had nine tackles – including a team-high five solo stops – Saturday night as he helped Alabama defeat Mississippi State 24-7. In this video, see and hear what he had to say.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Nick Saban met with reporters outside of a jubilant Alabama locker room after the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win at Mississippi State. So what did Alabama’s fifth-year head coach have to say? Here’s the video.