STARKVILLE, Miss. – After his first defeat of the season during which the protection allowed greater than 500 yards of offense in opposition to LSU, Alabama wanted to make an announcement on Saturday afternoon in opposition to the state of Mississippi.
Alabama yielded giant positive factors in some quarterback attracts, and a Bulldog scoring drive within the first quarter was the one spot on a dominant day in Crimson Tide's 38-7 victory.
"Final week it occurred," stated Alabama defender Xavier McKinney. “I really feel that many occasions we’ve got to make everybody do their job and if we do, we’ll do it nicely. We did it right this moment. "
Alabama's protection seized the ball, harassed quarterback Tommy Stevens and took all choices out of the Bulldogs, who had solely 270 whole yards.
Alabama allowed simply 92 yards within the first half and caught SEC's main runner, Kylin Hill, who ran simply 24 yards within the first half and 41 yards total with the lonely landing.
Stevens obtained 103 yards on the bottom after stunning Alabama off guard within the quarterback attracts. One play was for 27 yards (within the Bulldogs rating) and the opposite was for 46 yards.
Every little thing else the Bulldogs tried didn't go anyplace.
"They’d a few explosive races within the quarterback attracts," Alabama coach Nick Saban stated. “Aside from these two strikes, I believe we play very nicely in protection. We play with a number of self-discipline … we management the road of scrimmage very nicely, though I consider that right this moment we strategy the sport higher. "
The protection set the tone within the first play of the Bulldogs recreation. Shane Lee positioned himself in entrance of a Stevens move and returned it 10 yards to the MSU 19. Tua Tagovailoa hit Najee Harris for an open landing on the following Tide play for a fast 14-Zero lead.
"I didn't see it, however I do know it was approached by the quarterback," McKinney stated. “I used to be a bit with him due to that as a result of I ought to have scored. It was an ideal play within the recreation, so it was good for us. "
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