NCAAF Game Recap - Southern Miss at Alabama
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Southern Miss (2-2)

0

7

0

0

7

(2) Alabama (4-0)

14

14

14

7

49

Tagovailoa throws 5 TDs, No. 2 Alabama rolls over USM 49-7
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:43 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The glaring sun was the only thing that slowed down Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III early, and that was only for an instant.

Ruggs held up momentarily before pulling in his second long touchdown catch in the second-ranked Crimson Tide's 49-7 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday. He collected it and was off to the races again for a 74-yard score.

Ruggs said it wasn't an underthrown ball by Tua Tagovailoa, who had another huge game.

"The sun caught in my eye," he said. "The ball was right in the sun, so I actually turned around to make sure I secured the catch instead of catching it over the shoulder."

Tagovailoa passed for 293 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters, including a 45-yarder and 74-yarder to Ruggs in the first nine minutes.

He had his second straight five-TD game and the Tide (4-0) raced to a 28-0 lead in the first 19 minutes in yet another lopsided victory. Last season's Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 17 of 21 passes.

The Golden Eagles (2-2) couldn't keep up with the speedy Ruggs, despite a little help from the sun. He had a career high in receiving yards even before the first quarter ended.

Ruggs finished with four catches for 148 yards, all in the first half and all on four targets. He sprinted to the end zone untouched on a slant pattern for the 45-yarder.

There were plenty of big plays to go around for an offense that had back-to-back 91-yard scoring drives. Alabama scored on its first four possessions in an early kickoff in hot weather against a sizable underdog.

"There's a lot of reasons that the players could have not played well today," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "And I was really pleased with the fact that they were ready to play and got after it."

Najee Harris gained 110 yards on 14 carries to become the Tide's first 100-yard rusher since last season's LSU game. Jerry Jeudy caught a pair of TD passes and finished with 96 yards on six catches.

"I've been coaching a long time, and this is probably the first time I've ever said this: I don't know if I've ever seen an offense with two Heisman Trophy candidates in it," Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson said. "They're good, they're really good. They're going to be one of the best, if not the best, offenses in college football with that type of exploding. The quarterback, I mean he just doesn't make a bad throw."

For Southern Miss, De'Michael Harris had 34 yards rushing with 50 yards and a touchdown receiving. Jack Abraham completed 17 for 26 passes for 174 yards.

ALABAMA INJURIES

Alabama's injuries continue to pile up. Linebacker Terrell Lewis missed the game with a hyperextended knee, but Saban said he's expected back to practice by Tuesday. Christopher Allen started in his place. Nose guard DJ Dale was helped to the locker room late in the first half with a patella tendon strain.

"Doc thinks he may be OK," Saban said.

Placekicker Will Reichard left the game after a kickoff in the first quarter with a pulled hip flexor and Joseph Bulovas handled the duties after that. Saban labeled him as questionable against Mississippi next weekend.

THE TAKEAWAY

Southern Miss: Couldn't cash in with points on three early trips into Alabama territory. Was outgained 514-226 in total yards.

Alabama: Just keeps rolling along, but its toughest games await. Tagovailoa now has 17 touchdown passes without throwing an interception this season. The biggest test for the Tide could be overcoming all the injuries.

HITTING 70

Tagovailoa's fourth TD pass made him the second Alabama quarterback to reach 70. AJ McCarron has the school career mark with 77. Tagovailoa also passed Jalen Hurts and others to move into the top 5 on Alabama's career passing yards list.

UP NEXT

Southern Miss returns home to face UTEP.

Alabama hosts SEC West opponent Mississippi.

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Passing

SMiss Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Abraham 26 17 65.4 1 174 37 1 81.3
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Tagovailoa 21 17 81.0 5 293 74 0 158.3
M. Jones 3 2 66.7 0 25 17 1 52.8

Rushing

SMiss Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Harris 8 34 4.3 21 0
S. Anderson 6 18 3.0 7 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Harris 14 110 7.9 17 0
B. Robinson Jr. 8 39 4.9 14 1

Receiving

SMiss Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Harris 3 50 16.7 37 1
J. Mitchell 2 27 13.5 15 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Ruggs III 4 148 37.0 74 2
J. Jeudy 6 96 16.0 36 2

Fumbles

SMiss F FL
D. Harris 1 1
Ala F FL
N. Harris 1 0

Returning

SMiss KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Adams 3 17.3 0 25 1 1.0 0 1
T. Evans 1 8.0 0 8 0 - 0 0
Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 0 - 0 0 1 41.0 0 41
B. Robinson Jr. 1 1.0 0 1 0 - 0 0

Punting

SMiss Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Everett 4 164 41.0 53
M. Bromell 2 69 34.5 39
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. DeLong 2 74 37.0 38

Takeaways

SMiss Int Yds InTD
D. Thomas 1 0 0
Ala Int Yds InTD
T. Diggs 1 -5 0

Team Stats Comparison

SMiss Ala
Points For 7 49
Total Yards 226 514
Rushing Yards 52 176
Passing Yards 174 338
Passing Completions / Attempts 17/26 20/25
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/0
First Downs 15 24
Penalties - Yards 6/55 1/15
Time Of Possession 55:55 5:05
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/11 6/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/39 2/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SMiss Ala
Ala 2:52 TD Henry Ruggs III 45 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 0 7
Ala 8:56 TD Henry Ruggs III 74 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter SMiss Ala
Ala 0:43 TD Najee Harris 5 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 21
Ala 4:05 TD Jerry Jeudy 17 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 28
SMiss 13:58 TD De'Michael Harris 4 yd pass from Jack Abraham (Andrew Stein kick) 7 28
3rd Quarter SMiss Ala
Ala 1:48 TD Jerry Jeudy 20 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 7 35
Ala 9:17 TD Brian Robinson Jr. 6 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 7 42
4th Quarter SMiss Ala
Ala 13:23 TD Jerome Ford 5 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 7 49

Game Information

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Attendance: 101,821
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