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Problem solved: No. 1 Alabama crushes Mississippi, 66-3

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The most dominant two-game stretch of football Alabama has ever played under Nick Saban - and that's saying something for a team with four national championship trophies in the last eight years - left the coach seemingly no more satisfied than if his players had just had a solid day of practice.

''We're pleased with the outcome,'' Saban said. ''Nothing's perfect, but we need to certainly work on the things we need to improve.''

Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 1 Alabama let loose on Mississippi 66-3 on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide emphatically put down a foe that had been problematic in recent years with its highest-scoring performance in 11 seasons under Saban.

It was the most points Alabama had scored in a game since 1979 and the first time it has scored 50-plus in consecutive Southeastern Conference games since 1945.

Alabama has scored at least 50 in four of its last five SEC games, a fact that Saban was not the least bit interested in addressing after beating Ole Miss.

''You know what? I don't really care about how many points we scored in the last four games,'' Saban said. ''I'm only worried about how many we score in the next game. So I don't have any feelings about how many points we scored in the last five games or however many SEC games we've played. I'm really worried how many we score in the next game and how we stop the next team that we play. That's the focus on what we need to dominate next.''

Ole Miss (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) had won two of the last three meetings with Alabama (5-0, 2-0), scoring 109 points - more than any other Tide opponent over the last three years. The Rebels are the only SEC team to beat the Tide since 2014, and they handed Alabama its only home loss in the past 30 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Saban said leading up to the game that sometimes the ''ultimate disrespect'' is when another team quietly believes it has your number. Not anymore. Coach Hugh Freeze is gone - resigning amid a university investigation into his personal conduct - and the days of Ole Miss being a threat to Alabama left with him and all those blue-chippers he brought to Oxford.

''It was just us doing our job,'' said defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, who had eight tackles and a sack. ''They come to our house and Coach Saban said we had to defeat somebody, not just win the game. I think we did a real good job of defeating them, demoralizing them, and playing our game.''

The Tide made it look easy. Hurts hooked up with a wide-open Josh Jacobs down the middle for an 18-yard score early in the second quarter, and then mimicked holstering his finger guns after tossing the TD pass. Hurts tumbled over tacklers on a 10-yard keeper that made it 35-3 at the half.

In the last two weeks, Alabama has outscored Vanderbilt and Ole Miss by a combined 125-3. The 63-point margin was the Tide's largest since beating Vandy 66-3 in 1979.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ole Miss: Can interim coach Matt Luke keep this Ole Miss team, which can't play in the postseason because of a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA infractions, focused and playing hard this season? There are winnable games in the SEC West, but will the Rebels' hearts be into playing out the string?

''The most important thing for us moving forward is to go wash this tape, flush it and move on to the next one,'' Luke said. ''We still have eight games to go, eight chances to go win football games. That's the most important thing for us moving forward.''

Alabama: One problem (if you want to call it that) the Tide was having early this season was getting to the quarterback. After registering five sacks in the first four games, Alabama had five against Ole Miss.

HAND INJURED

Alabama lost defensive end Da'Shawn Hand to a left knee injury in the third quarter when he was blocked low by an Ole Miss player. Hand, a senior, was helped off the field by trainers and then carted to the locker room.

Saban said Hand had a strained ligament and would be evaluated further on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Ole Miss: The Rebels are on the road again. They will bring a two-game losing streak to No. 13 Auburn.

Alabama: The Tide travels to Texas A&M.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:51
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
66
Touchdown 6:51
5-R.Clark runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
91
yds
08:09
pos
3
65
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:36
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
59
Touchdown 2:36
13-T.Tagovailoa complete to 11-H.Ruggs. 11-H.Ruggs runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
39
yds
02:04
pos
3
58
Point After TD 6:05
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
52
Touchdown 6:05
13-T.Tagovailoa runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
69
yds
00:54
pos
3
51
Point After TD 9:07
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
45
Touchdown 9:07
22-N.Harris runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
29
yds
01:59
pos
3
44
Field Goal 12:43
10-J.Scott 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
53
yds
02:12
pos
3
38
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:42
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
35
Touchdown 3:42
2-J.Hurts runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
36
yds
00:31
pos
3
34
Point After TD 12:53
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
28
Touchdown 12:53
2-J.Hurts complete to 8-J.Jacobs. 8-J.Jacobs runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
02:40
pos
3
27
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:47
97-G.Wunderlich 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
71
yds
02:26
pos
3
21
Point After TD 5:13
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 5:13
2-J.Hurts complete to 84-H.Hentges. 84-H.Hentges runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
85
yds
02:13
pos
0
20
Point After TD 9:20
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 9:31
20-S.Patterson incomplete. Intended for 5-D.Lodge INTERCEPTED by 39-L.Wallace at MIS 35. 39-L.Wallace runs 35 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
35
yds
0:00
pos
0
13
Point After TD 10:04
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:04
9-B.Scarbrough runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
51
yds
02:14
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 11 26
Rushing 4 14
Passing 5 11
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 0-13 7-15
4th Down Conv 0-2 3-3
Total Net Yards 224 613
Total Plays 55 75
Avg Gain 4.1 8.2
Net Yards Rushing 88 365
Rush Attempts 26 51
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 7.2
Net Yards Passing 136 248
Comp. - Att. 14-29 15-24
Yards Per Pass 4.7 10.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-29 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-30 7-60
Touchdowns 0 9
Rushing TDs 0 5
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 0 1
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 9-36.0 2-42.5
Return Yards 84 146
Punts - Returns 0-0 4-58
Kickoffs - Returns 6-84 1-22
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-66
Kicking 1/1 10/11
Extra Points 0/0 9/9
Field Goals 1/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Ole Miss 2-2 30003
1 Alabama 5-0 211424766
136 PASS YDS 248
88 RUSH YDS 365
224 TOTAL YDS 613
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Patterson 20 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.3% 165 0 2 82.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.2% 1446 11 6 162.8
S. Patterson 14/29 165 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Wilkins 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 101 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 204 1
J. Wilkins 12 101 0 44
E. Swinney 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
E. Swinney 3 2 0 4
D. Pennamon 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 60 1
D. Pennamon 3 1 0 4
S. Patterson 20 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 -12 0
S. Patterson 8 -16 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Lodge 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 72 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 72 0
D. Lodge 2 72 0 37
D. Metcalf 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 292 2
D. Metcalf 3 46 0 25
D. Knox 9 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 28 0
D. Knox 2 28 0 23
V. Jefferson 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 162 0
V. Jefferson 2 14 0 10
A. Brown 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 395 4
A. Brown 1 6 0 6
E. Swinney 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 1 0
E. Swinney 2 1 0 3
J. Wilkins 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 70 1
J. Wilkins 2 -2 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Gates 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
D. Gates 9-0 0.0 0
Z. Woods 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
Z. Woods 9-2 0.0 0
A. Moore 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
A. Moore 5-1 0.0 0
D. Bing-Dukes 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Bing-Dukes 4-1 0.0 0
K. Webster 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Webster 4-0 0.0 0
J. Coatney 40 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Coatney 3-0 0.0 0
B. Speaks 9 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Speaks 3-1 0.0 0
V. Evans 14 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
V. Evans 3-0 0.0 0
J. Julius 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Julius 2-0 0.0 0
B. Jones 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Jones 2-0 0.0 0
B. Dixon 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Dixon 2-0 0.0 0
J. Hamilton 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Hamilton 2-0 0.0 0
D. Evans 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Evans 1-0 0.0 0
C. Moore 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
C. Moore 1-0 0.0 0
Q. Sheppard 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
Q. Sheppard 1-2 0.0 0
M. Hartsfield 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Hartsfield 1-1 0.0 0
J. Jones 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
R. Donelly 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Donelly 0-1 0.0 0
A. Robinson 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Robinson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Wunderlich 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
5/7 12/14
G. Wunderlich 1/1 26 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Gleeson 94 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 34.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
14 39.6 2
W. Gleeson 6 34.5 2 42
M. Brown 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 39.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 42.8 0
M. Brown 3 39.0 0 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Jones 31 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 14.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 25.2 20 1
J. Jones 6 14.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 197 2 0 185.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64% 747 6 0 156.8
J. Hurts 12/19 197 2 0
T. Tagovailoa 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 51 1 0 211.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 218 4 0 176.8
T. Tagovailoa 3/5 51 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 101 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 461 4
J. Hurts 10 101 1 29
D. Harris 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 67 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 376 6
D. Harris 7 67 0 46
J. Jacobs 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 51 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 85 0
J. Jacobs 2 51 0 45
N. Harris 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 43 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 199 1
N. Harris 7 43 1 12
T. Tagovailoa 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 37 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 59 1
T. Tagovailoa 4 37 1 16
B. Robinson Jr. 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 85 1
B. Robinson Jr. 7 34 0 11
R. Clark 5 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 22 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 70 1
R. Clark 5 22 1 9
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 18 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 239 4
B. Scarbrough 6 18 1 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Ridley 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 60 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 322 2
C. Ridley 4 60 0 22
C. Sims 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 60 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 106 0
C. Sims 1 60 0 60
J. Jacobs 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 36 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 36 1
J. Jacobs 2 36 1 18
J. Jeudy 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 107 1
J. Jeudy 2 31 0 26
R. Foster 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 95 1
R. Foster 2 25 0 25
D. Kief 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 21 0
D. Kief 1 21 0 21
H. Ruggs 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 24 2
H. Ruggs 1 8 1 8
I. Smith Jr. 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 25 0
I. Smith Jr. 1 4 0 4
H. Hentges 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 26 2
H. Hentges 1 3 1 3
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 57 0
B. Scarbrough 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Fitzpatrick 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
M. Fitzpatrick 6-1 1.0 0
D. Payne 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
D. Payne 4-3 0.5 0
H. Jones 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
H. Jones 4-1 0.0 0
R. Evans 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Evans 3-0 0.0 0
R. Harrison 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 1.0
R. Harrison 3-0 1.0 0
A. Averett 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
A. Averett 3-0 0.0 0
D. Hand 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Hand 2-0 1.0 0
I. Buggs 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.5
I. Buggs 2-1 0.5 0
S. Hamilton 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
S. Hamilton 2-1 0.0 0
S. Carter 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Carter 2-0 0.0 0
Q. Williams 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Q. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
T. Brown 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 2-0 0.0 0
K. Holcombe 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Holcombe 1-0 0.0 0
A. Jennings 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Jennings 1-1 0.0 0
R. Davis 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
R. Davis 1-0 1.0 0
C. Allen 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Allen 1-0 0.0 0
J. Frazier 69 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Frazier 0-1 0.0 0
X. McKinney 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
X. McKinney 0-1 0.0 0
L. Wallace 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
L. Wallace 0-0 0.0 2
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Pappanastos 12 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 9/9
SEASON FG XP
8/11 28/28
A. Pappanastos 0/1 0 9/9 9
J. Scott 10 P
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/2 0/0
J. Scott 1/1 48 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 42.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 39.0 1
J. Scott 2 42.5 1 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
H. Ruggs 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 19.8 22 0
H. Ruggs 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Diggs 7 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.5 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 10.7 23 0
T. Diggs 2 18.5 23 0
H. Ruggs 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.5 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 12.3 16 0
H. Ruggs 2 10.5 16 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MISS 12 0:48 3 6 Punt
13:07 MISS 13 0:42 3 2 Punt
9:58 MISS 24 0:27 3 74 INT
9:14 MISS 12 1:39 5 42 Punt
5:13 MISS 25 2:26 6 66 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:53 MISS 25 1:54 6 48 Punt
6:49 MISS 23 2:21 4 2 Fumble
3:42 MISS 25 1:48 5 6 Punt
0:14 MISS 20 0:00 1 4 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:30 MISS 16 1:11 3 -6 Punt
9:07 MISS 25 2:01 7 44 Downs
5:57 MISS 26 1:03 5 30 INT
2:28 MISS 21 2:20 5 38 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:51 MISS 25 1:42 3 -4 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:54 MISS 46 0:40 3 4 Punt
12:18 BAMA 49 2:14 6 51 TD
7:26 BAMA 15 2:13 5 85 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:42 BAMA 25 2:40 10 75 TD
10:51 BAMA 22 3:57 9 55 FG Miss
4:13 MISS 36 0:31 2 36 TD
1:46 BAMA 36 1:24 5 9 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 BAMA 22 2:12 5 48 FG
11:06 MISS 29 1:59 6 29 TD
6:59 BAMA 31 0:54 3 69 TD
4:40 MISS 44 2:04 7 44 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BAMA 9 8:09 12 91 TD
5:00 BAMA 42 4:35 7 2 Game