Alabama dominates Ole Miss in SEC home opener

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Sam MacDonald

Matthew Speakman, Cody Estremera

No. 1 Alabama continued its dominance to start its SEC schedule by defeating Ole Miss, 66-3. The Crimson Tide overwhelmed the Rebels right from the start, jumping out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter. Alabama continued to pour it on throughout the game, finishing with 613 yards of offense. Alabama is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in SEC play.

Moment of the game

Senior Levi Wallace intercepted Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson and returned it for a 35-yard touchdown. It was the first non-offensive touchdown this year for the Crimson Tide, and Wallace’s second interception on the year.

Offensive Player of the Game

Matthew Speakman- Jalen Hurts

Cody Estremera-Jalen Hurts

Defensive Player of the Game

Matthew Speakman- Levi Wallace

Cody Estremera-Da’Ron Payne

Fan Players of the Game (Determined by a Twitter poll)

Offense- Jalen Hurts

Defense- Levi Wallace

Notes:

  • Levi Wallace returned Shea Patterson’s pass for a touchdown. It was Alabama’s first non-offensive touchdown this season, and Wallace’s second pick this year. He would intercept another pass and return it 31 yards. He has three interceptions this season.
  • Jedrick Wills made his first career start. He is the 13th player to start for Alabama this season. 
  • Jalen Hurts continued to climb in the Alabama history books. He finished with four touchdowns, which gave him 47 career touchdowns, making him the No. 5 all time in Alabama history. He also passes Steadman Shealy in career quarterback rushing yards, after his 101-yard performance. He is now No. 4 all-time.
  • JK Scott made his first career field goal of the year on a 46-yard kick. 
  • Najee Harris scored his first career touchdown on a 4-yard run. He finished with 23 yards.
  • Da’Shawn Hand left the game with an apparent leg injury. He was carted to the locker room and did not return to the game.
  • Trevon Diggs also left the game with an apparent leg injury. He returned to Alabama’s sideline with a boot on his right foot and on crutches.
  • Sixteen true freshman made an appearance after LaBryan Ray entered late in the fourth quarter.