Alabama continued its dominance over Mississippi State on Saturday, extending its win streak to 16 games over the Bulldogs with a 40-17 win.
Here are some key takeaways from the game.
Alabama’s run game dominated the night, recording 193 yards on the ground led by Jalen Milroe’s 69 rushing yards. The Crimson Tide offensive line was consistent the entire night opening holes for the Alabama running backs. The offensive line was good enough that Alabama could have won the game without even throwing the ball.
Jalen Milroe played a near-perfect game against Mississippi State. The quarterback was not asked to throw the ball too much, but when he did, he connected. Milroe completed 10 of his 12 passes for 164 yards. Milroe also added 69 yards on the ground, including a 53-yard touchdown run to get the Tide rolling in the first quarter. Most importantly, Milroe had zero turnovers and made good decisions.
Turnovers have been a huge focus this year for Alabama. Against Mississippi State, not only did the Crimson Tide force turnovers, they scored points on defense. In the first quarter, Chris Braswell intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. Right before halftime, Jihaad Campbell intercepted a pass from Will Rogers that led to an Alabama touchdown.
Saturday’s play calling was very conservative. Alabama most likely could have won the game without throwing a single pass. However, the Crimson Tide did call a few pass plays for Milroe and he was efficient with the ball. Milroe completed 10 of his 12 pass attempts for 164 yards, but it was evident that the run game was the focus for the offense. Alabama rushed the ball 43 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns.
Will Reichard is the most consistent piece for the Crimson Tide. Reichard connected on all four of his field goal attempts. The kicker has connected on 24 straight field goals for Alabama going back to last year. Reichard was true on two 48-yard field goals as well as a 38 and 34-yard field goal.
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