Mississippi State Bulldogs
They came here with this idea that they believed. Even hung a sign to proclaim it on the revered statue of Bear Bryant that stands in front of this glorious palace of college football. Mississippi State believes, all right. Believes more than ever – like we all should – that Alabama is so good and so completely in a class by itself, the only thing that ends the Tide’s chokehold on the sport is the departure of the man who started it all.
Call it the nightmare scenario, take two. Just as he did two weeks earlier at Missouri, University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron went down with an injury Saturday in the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide’s 38-7 victory over Mississippi State. At Missouri, McCarron sustained a knee bruise, but finished the game without missing a play. This time, McCarron was taken to the locker room after bruising his back on a sack late in the third quarter. He returned to the sideline, but with Alabama increasing its lead to 31 points in his absence he did not return, although UA coach Nick Saban said he could have and will be ready for next weekend’s game at LSU. “He’s got a back contusion,” Saban said. “That’s what he got.”
The defense wasn’t perfect Saturday night. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s first-quarter public dressing down by Nick Saban on the sideline provided proof of at least one busted coverage in the secondary. The results on the whole, however, were decisive. Alabama unleashed its pass rush, with Adrian Hubbard and Quinton Dial creating havoc in the Mississippi State backfield, stymied the run and forced turnovers. The Crimson Tide dialed up another overwhelming defensive performance worthy of its No. 1 ranking in a 38-7 win.
The Alabama Crimson Tide welcomed the Mississippi State Bulldogs into Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the 2012 Homecoming. Both the Bulldogs and the Tide came into this contest undefeated, but at the end of the night the Crimson Tide proved to be on another level far above Mississippi State putting up 38 unanswered points until the Bulldogs finally scored in the 4th quarter. The final score was 38-7.
Alabama brushed aside a top SEC West challenger and roared on to an even tougher one. AJ McCarron passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide reached the end zone on its first three possessions in a muscle-flexing 38-7 victory over Mississippi State (No. 11 BCS, No. 13 AP) on Saturday night. That blazing start indicated Bama wasn’t looking ahead to No. 6 LSU in a national game rematch — at least until the second quarter.
Of the 120-plus plays Saturday night in Alabama’s 38-7 victory over Mississippi State, some were bigger than others. A couple were the biggest, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. “I think there were two really critical plays in the game,” he said. He was referring to Dee Milliner’s block of a field-goal attempt in the first quarter and Robert Lester’s end-zone interception in the third-quarter that snuffed a 16-play, 97-yard drive.
The Alabama Crimson Tide goes 8-0 on the season after downing the Mississippi State Bulldogs 38-7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Homecoming night. Alabama now looks to their annual SEC Western Division rivalry showdown with LSU to have a chance to lock up the SEC West title for season and clinch a birth in the SEC Championship game.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron throws a 57 yard pass to receiver Kenny Bell for a touchdown against Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide went on to dominate the rest of the game holding the Bulldogs scoreless until late in the 4th quarter. The final score: 38-7.
Alabama will play another night game on Oct. 27 when it plays host to Mississippi State. The possible battle between unbeaten Southeastern Conference Western Division teams will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Top-ranked Alabama (6-0, 3-0 in the SEC) plays at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tennessee. Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0) will play host to Middle Tennessee at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 12 in the first BCS standings, No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.
TUSCALOOSA – Alabama place-kickers have made only three of their past nine field-goal attempts. But that isn’t an indictment on Alabama’s special teams, Alabama coach Nick Saban said during opening remarks of his news conference. “Our special teams did one bad thing in the game,” Saban said of a 24-7 victory Saturday at Mississippi State. “We didn’t cover one kickoff correctly. The rest of what the special teams did was OK.
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.