Alabama took a 49-7 lead into halftime after amassing 418 total yards of offense. The game could have easily been stopped there, and if it were a boxing match, it would have been stopped far sooner.
The Tide became the first SEC team ever to score 50 points in their first three games. The route continued in the second half as Alabama barely slowed down, demolishing Ole Miss 62-7.
Tide stunned and answered the call
On the first play of the game, Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’Amu connected with D.J. Metcalf on a 75-yard scoring strike to put the Rebels up 7-0. Savion Smith was flat out beat on the play by Metcalf, a future NFL wide receiver. Players make plays.
The defense regrouped and forced Ta’Amu into an interception and a fumble later in the first half. The Tide capitalized on both turnovers scoring 14 points.
The secondary settled down while the line and linebackers put more pressure on Ta’Amu, forcing him to make decisions faster than he wanted.
Offensive line plays great
Whether it was keeping Tua Tagovailoa upright or opening holes for the running backs, the offensive line executed at a high level. At one point in the first half, Alabama was rushing for an average of 10 yards-per-carry.
The line didn’t give up a sack while Tagovailoa was in the game.
Tua was almost perfect. Again.
It’s becoming a common occurrence to not see Tua for more than 25 minutes of game action this season. Tua was 11-of-15 for 192 yards and two touchdowns and was out of the game midway through the second quarter. At some point someone is going to force Alabama to play him longer, which probably just means inflated stats for him.
Jalen Hurts came in relief and was 7-for-10 for 85 yards and two touchdowns as well.
Both quarterbacks played well against a poor Rebels defense.
Tide defense easily dismisses potential challenger
If nothing else was learned from Alabama’s win it was this: what was supposed to be the best test against a young Alabama defense was no test what-so-ever and the rest of the SEC needs to go back to the drawing board if they were hoping to use Ole Miss as a test case. Ole Miss has a talented offense and will score a lot of points, but the Alabama defense is that much better.
A young secondary grew up right in front of our eyes Saturday. If that was the first test, then this secondary is only going to get better and that’s a scary thought for the rest of college football.
Alabama will welcome Texas A&M to Tuscaloosa next Saturday.
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