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Late TD lifts No. 1 Alabama over No. 18 Mississippi St 31-24

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State brought the all-out blitz. Alabama's Jalen Hurts never flinched.

Throwing two perfect passes with less than a minute remaining, the sophomore quarterback carved through Mississippi State's defense and helped deliver a precarious victory for the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday night.

Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining to lift Alabama over No. 18 Mississippi State 31-24 and save the Tide's undefeated season. On the play before the touchdown - and facing a 3rd-and-15 - Hurts found Calvin Ridley over the middle for a 31-yard gain, just a split-second before Mississippi State's defense crushed the pocket.

''We did a good job of staying together, being one and staying cool and calm,'' Hurts said. ''We did enough.''

Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC, CFP No. 2) won its 10th straight game against Mississippi State, but this one was much more difficult than most of the others.

Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3, CFP No. 16) pushed ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter on Jace Christmann's 25-yard field goal, but Alabama responded to tie it at 24 when Damien Harris ran for a 14-yard score with 9:49 left. Alabama had a chance to take the lead with about two minutes left, but a 41-yard field goal attempt by Andy Pappanastos banged off the left upright and fell to the turf.

Mississippi State went three-and-out on the ensuing drive and Alabama took over with 1:09 remaining. That was more than enough time for the Tide, who drove six plays and 68 yards in 44 seconds for the game-winning score.

Hurts said he changed the play on the third down pass that went to Ridley. The star receiver was hesitant at first.

''I saw something in the defense, so I told him to run the route I wanted him to run,'' Hurts said. ''He kind of shook his head no at first, and I said, `Trust me, I got you.'''

Alabama coach Nick Saban wasn't particularly pleased with parts of his team - especially on defense - but he was relieved it responded well to some adversity.

''Sometimes you need hard,'' Saban said. ''If we're going to beat really good teams, if we're going to compete, we've got to learn how to compete in close games where every play counts. Where you've got to play every play for 60 minutes.''

The game was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than a touchdown. Mississippi State pushed ahead 7-0 in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run by Aeris Williams. It was the first touchdown the Bulldogs had scored against Alabama since 2014 and the first time they'd taken the lead against the Tide since 2008.

Alabama's defense has been dominant for most of the season, but several injuries at linebacker throughout the season finally appeared to take a toll. Mississippi State's power running game gained 172 yards, but in the end Alabama was able to slow the Bulldogs down.

''It hurts,'' said Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who threw two Hail Mary attempts to no avail in the closing moments. ''It doesn't matter who we lost to or how much we lost by, we lost a game we should have won.''

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen - who is now 0-9 against the Tide - said he didn't regret the team's decision to try and put pressure on Hurts late.

''We are an aggressive defense,'' Mullen said. ''We came after them. That's our style. We are not going to charge our style or get conservative.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Crimson Tide found a way to survive arguably their toughest test of the season. Hurts completed 10 of 19 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Ridley caught five passes for 171 yards.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs did just about everything right except for win the game. Fitzgerald completed 13 of 24 passes for 158 yards and ran for 66 yards and a touchdown. Williams ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

UP NEXT

Alabama hosts Mercer next Saturday.

Mississippi State plays at Arkansas next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:25
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
24
Touchdown 0:25
2-J.Hurts complete to 6-D.Smith. 6-D.Smith runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
68
yds
00:44
pos
30
24
Point After TD 9:49
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown 9:49
34-D.Harris runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
82
yds
04:15
pos
23
24
Field Goal 14:18
47-J.Christmann 25 yards Field Goal is Good. Team penalty on BAMA Running into kicker declined.
9
plays
56
yds
04:25
pos
17
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:03
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 6:03
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
69
yds
06:30
pos
17
20
Field Goal 12:46
12-A.Pappanastos 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
63
yds
02:14
pos
17
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:26
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 9:26
8-J.Jacobs runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
01:13
pos
13
14
Point After TD 10:39
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 10:39
22-A.Williams runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
83
yds
01:17
pos
7
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:43
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 1:43
2-J.Hurts runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
01:54
pos
6
7
Point After TD 3:37
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 3:37
22-A.Williams runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
57
yds
03:21
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 22
Rushing 11 10
Passing 7 9
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 3-10 8-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 424 320
Total Plays 57 73
Avg Gain 7.4 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 202 172
Rush Attempts 38 49
Avg Rush Yards 5.3 3.5
Net Yards Passing 222 148
Comp. - Att. 10-19 13-24
Yards Per Pass 11.7 6.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-20 1-10
Penalties - Yards 5-60 4-30
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 3 3
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-43.5 5-46.6
Return Yards 12 77
Punts - Returns 1--6 2-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-18 4-77
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 4/4
Extra Points 4/4 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
2 Alabama 10-0 7731431
16 Miss. St. 7-3 777324
222 PASS YDS 148
202 RUSH YDS 172
424 TOTAL YDS 320
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 242 1 0 177.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.8% 1648 11 1 148.8
J. Hurts 10/19 242 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Harris 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 93 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
98 823 11
D. Harris 8 93 1 48
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 40 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
117 656 8
J. Hurts 19 40 1 14
J. Jacobs 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 36 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 210 1
J. Jacobs 6 36 1 13
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 449 7
B. Scarbrough 5 33 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Ridley 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 171 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
49 755 2
C. Ridley 5 171 0 63
D. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 26 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 105 2
D. Smith 1 26 1 26
C. Sims 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 173 0
C. Sims 1 18 0 18
J. Jacobs 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 114 1
J. Jacobs 2 18 0 12
H. Hentges 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 69 2
H. Hentges 1 9 0 9
R. Foster 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 119 1
R. Foster 0 0 0 0
J. Jeudy 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 208 1
J. Jeudy 0 0 0 0
D. Harris 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 46 0
D. Harris 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
H. Jones 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 1 0.0
H. Jones 8-2 0.0 0
R. Harrison 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 3 0.5
R. Harrison 6-1 0.0 0
R. Evans 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
R. Evans 6-3 1.0 0
M. Fitzpatrick 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 1 0.5
M. Fitzpatrick 4-2 0.0 0
L. Wallace 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 3 2.0
L. Wallace 4-0 0.0 0
K. Holcombe 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
K. Holcombe 4-1 0.0 0
A. Jennings 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
A. Jennings 4-2 0.0 0
A. Averett 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
A. Averett 3-2 0.0 0
T. Brown 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 3-0 0.0 0
Q. Williams 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
Q. Williams 3-1 0.0 0
D. Hand 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Hand 3-0 0.0 0
R. Davis 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-6 0 0.0
R. Davis 3-6 0.0 0
D. Payne 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
D. Payne 3-3 0.0 0
I. Buggs 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
I. Buggs 2-1 0.0 0
D. Moses 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Moses 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Pappanastos 12 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
15/19 49/49
A. Pappanastos 1/2 30 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
36 42.6 0
J. Scott 4 43.5 0 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
H. Ruggs 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 19.1 18 0
H. Ruggs 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
X. Marks 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -6.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 3.3 0 0
X. Marks 1 -6.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.2% 158 0 0 109.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.6% 1617 13 10 118.1
N. Fitzgerald 13/24 158 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 97 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
185 873 4
Ae. Williams 22 97 2 12
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
137 867 13
N. Fitzgerald 21 66 1 13
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 267 1
K. Hill 4 7 0 4
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 231 1
N. Gibson 1 4 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 195 2
D. Thomas 2 30 0 25
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 78 0
R. Todd 2 25 0 16
F. Green 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 174 0
F. Green 2 24 0 23
J. Thomas 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 149 3
J. Thomas 1 24 0 24
K. Mixon 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 275 1
K. Mixon 1 20 0 20
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 95 0
Ae. Williams 1 9 0 9
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 25 0
N. Gibson 1 9 0 9
O. Mitchell 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 39 0
O. Mitchell 1 8 0 8
Ju. Johnson 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 37 1
Ju. Johnson 1 7 0 7
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
K. Hill 1 2 0 2
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 174 0
Je. Jackson 0 0 0 0
J. Couch 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 126 2
J. Couch 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. McLaurin 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 2 1.5
M. McLaurin 9-2 1.5 0
E. Thompson 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
E. Thompson 5-0 1.0 0
J. Simmons 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Simmons 4-2 0.0 0
J. Gray 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 1.0
J. Gray 4-0 1.0 0
J. Peters 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
J. Peters 3-0 0.0 0
G. Green 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 1.0
G. Green 2-0 1.0 0
B. Hoyett 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
B. Hoyett 2-1 0.0 0
C. Thomas 34 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Thomas 2-0 0.0 0
M. Sweat 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Sweat 2-0 0.0 0
F. Adams 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
F. Adams 1-2 0.5 0
B. Bryant 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
B. Bryant 1-0 0.0 0
C. Rayford 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Rayford 1-0 0.0 0
Ja. Jackson 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
T. Cleveland 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Cleveland 1-1 0.0 0
J. Phillips 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Phillips 1-0 0.0 0
M. Spencer 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Spencer 1-1 0.0 0
D. Harris 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
L. Lewis 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
L. Lewis 0-4 0.0 0
G. Harris 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
G. Harris 0-1 0.0 0
W. Gay 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
W. Gay 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
9/9 32/32
J. Christmann 1/1 25 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 46.6 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
39 44.0 3
L. Cooke 5 46.6 3 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 19.3 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 20.3 29 0
R. Todd 4 19.3 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 17.3 0 1
D. Thomas 2 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:52 BAMA 5 1:44 3 0 Punt
3:37 BAMA 25 1:54 5 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:39 BAMA 25 1:13 5 75 TD
7:03 BAMA 18 0:42 3 3 Punt
2:28 BAMA 2 1:54 9 38 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BAMA 25 2:14 6 63 FG
6:03 BAMA 25 1:03 3 -2 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:04 BAMA 18 4:15 11 82 TD
6:30 BAMA 20 4:22 10 57 FG Miss
1:09 BAMA 32 0:44 6 68 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 25 5:52 12 29 Punt
6:58 MISSST 43 3:21 6 57 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:38 MISSST 27 1:17 12 73 TD
9:18 MISSST 5 2:05 4 15 Fumble
6:09 MISSST 30 3:30 6 15 Punt
0:26 MISSST 28 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 MISSST 31 6:30 13 69 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:50 MISSST 36 4:25 9 56 FG
9:42 MISSST 40 3:04 5 18 Punt
2:03 MISSST 23 0:47 3 -1 Punt
0:25 MISSST 35 0:25 5 31 Game