NCAAF Game Recap - Mississippi at Alabama
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 28, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Mississippi (2-3)

10

0

7

14

31

(2) Alabama (5-0)

7

31

14

7

59

Tua, Smith lead No. 2 Alabama to 59-31 rout of Mississippi
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:32 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa and DeVonta Smith hooked up for a 74-yard touchdown strike barely a minute into the game.

Turns out they were just getting started.

Tagovailoa and Smith partnered on five touchdown passes and between them set a few school records while No. 2 Alabama ran away from Mississippi 59-31 on Saturday.

"He was the person that was open pretty much all the time, so I just gave him the ball," Tagovailoa said.

The Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) actually trailed for the first time this season before flexing its muscles against the 37 1/2-point underdogs. The Rebels (2-3, 1-1) couldn't even slow down Smith, who sometimes gets overshadowed in a loaded receiving group.

Not this game. Smith had 11 catches for school records of 274 yards and five TDs. He had 221 yards by halftime, and added a 27-yard score for another highlight in the biggest game of any Tide receiver.

Smith is certainly now known for more than being the guy who caught the game-winning touchdown in the national title game two seasons ago.

"That's been a goal the whole time, just to get my name established just not as someone who caught the game-winning catch, just to get myself out there," he said. The old school mark was three touchdown catches, and Smith also tied the SEC record last matched in 2006 by South Carolina's Sidney Rice.

His yardage total was sixth-best in league history.

Tagovailoa passed for a school-record six touchdowns and rushed for a seventh. He had matched the record of five TD passes in two straight games but finally eclipsed it in the fourth quarter.

He completed 26 of 36 passes for 418 yards.

It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Tide, even with a blocked punt for a touchdown tossed in.

Ole Miss turned a muffed punt into a score and then took a 10-7 lead on Luke Logan's 33-yard field goal. Alabama's first deficit of the season lasted 3: 44.

Then Alabama scored 31 points in the second quarter.

"I guess a win is a win," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We did some very good things out there today, but we also didn't play some things very well. I think it's pretty obvious that we left some money on the table on offense. We had some plays that we could have made that we didn't make."

The Rebels started backup quarterback John Rhys Plumlee with Matt Corral sidelined with bruised ribs sustained in a loss to California.

Plumlee passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third. He finished 10-of-28 passing for 141 yards with an interception, and ran 25 times for 109 yards.

"We came here to win," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. "There are no excuses. The thing we've got to do is build on some of the positives out there, like some of the guys out there competing, some of the young guys making plays. We've got to build on that, but there are a lot of things we've got to get corrected, too."

TUA'S RECORD WATCH

Tagovailoa's touchdown run in the second quarter was the 81st TD passing and rushing of his career, passing AJ McCarron for the school record. He also ultimately tied McCarron's 77 scoring passes.

"I feel like it's just the guys I'm surrounded with, that's all I can say," Tagovailoa said. "Those are the guys that make me look good."

REICHARD OUT

Former starting kicker Joseph Bulovas replaced an injured Will Reichard (hip flexor). Bulovas made a 36-yard field goal and hit the right upright on a 28-yarder.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi: Rebounded from a tough loss to Cal by starting 4 of 5 on third-down conversions. Had 476 total yards and 279 on the ground against the Tide.

Alabama: Had some struggles defensively but the offense produced even more big plays than usual. Ale Kaho both blocked and recovered the punt for a touchdown.

UP NEXT

Mississippi hosts Vanderbilt Saturday night.

Alabama gets its first open date before visiting No. 23 Texas A&M on Oct. 12.

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Passing

Miss Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Plumlee 28 10 35.7 2 141 32 1 61.8
G. Tisdale 2 2 100.0 1 56 28 0 158.3
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Jones 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
T. Tagovailoa 36 26 72.2 6 418 74 0 150.2

Rushing

Miss Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Plumlee 25 109 4.4 13 1
J. Ealy 11 68 6.2 30 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Harris 9 71 7.9 13 0
B. Robinson Jr. 10 60 6.0 12 0

Receiving

Miss Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Mingo 3 74 24.7 32 1
E. Moore 3 40 13.3 28 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Waddle 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Smith 11 274 24.9 74 5

Fumbles

Ala F FL
J. Waddle 1 1

Returning

Miss KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Ealy 1 15.0 0 15 0 - 0 0
Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 0 - 0 0 3 17.3 0 29
T. Diggs 2 22.0 0 36 0 - 0 0

Punting

Miss Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Brown 6 237 39.5 43
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. DeLong 2 60 30.0 37

Takeaways

Ala Int Yds InTD
J. Mayden 1 36 0

Team Stats Comparison

Miss Ala
Points For 31 59
Total Yards 476 573
Rushing Yards 279 155
Passing Yards 197 418
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/30 26/37
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/1
First Downs 25 28
Penalties - Yards 9/97 10/76
Time Of Possession 23:23 37:37
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/20 6/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/4 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/34 2/30

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Miss Ala
Ala 1:10 TD Devonta Smith 74 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 7
Miss 4:40 TD John Rhys Plumlee 1 yd run (Luke Logan kick) 7 7
Miss 12:24 FG Luke Logan 33 yd FG 10 7
2nd Quarter Miss Ala
Ala 1:08 TD Tua Tagovailoa 7 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 14
Ala 5:09 FG Joseph Bulovas 36 yd FG 10 17
Ala 8:59 TD Devonta Smith 25 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 24
Ala 12:15 TD Devonta Smith 23 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 31
Ala 13:37 TD Devonta Smith 33 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 38
3rd Quarter Miss Ala
Ala 4:11 TD Devonta Smith 27 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 45
Miss 6:31 TD Jerrion Ealy 9 yd pass from John Rhys Plumlee (Luke Logan kick) 17 45
Ala 9:31 TD Ale Kaho 0 yd blocked punt return (Joseph Bulovas kick) 17 52
4th Quarter Miss Ala
Miss 1:37 TD Jonathan Mingo 26 yd pass from John Rhys Plumlee (Luke Logan kick) 24 52
Ala 7:03 TD Miller Forristall 19 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 24 59
Miss 14:55 TD Jadon Jackson 28 yd pass from Grant Tisdale (Luke Logan kick) 31 59

Game Information

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Attendance: 99,590
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