Alabama came into Saturday night without losing back-to-back regular season games since 2007, and they kept the streak alive with a 30-24 win over Ole Miss in Oxford.
After losing their last two road games, Alabama didn’t care how it looked as long as they came out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with a win. Just like most road games this season for the Crimson Tide, it was a roller coaster ride.
The Alabama offense looked mediocre the entire night, scoring on just one of its first six possessions. The Crimson Tide offense actually got out-gained by Ole Miss 403-317. Despite a night of struggle for the Alabama offense, there were a couple of bright spots.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young did everything he could despite the lack of help around him, throwing for 209 yards and three touchdowns, with much better accuracy than last week. The trio of Ja’Corey Brooks, Jermaine Burton and Cameron Latu were the recipients of Bryce Young’s three touchdown passes.
Alabama kicker Will Reichard continued his success and extended his Alabama record for most points scored in a career, going perfect for the night with three field goals and three extra points.
In the second half, running back Jase McClellan, took over for Jahmyr Gibbs, who suffered an ankle injury in the first half. McClellan brought a little life to a running game that struggled largely in the first half to get anything going, finishing the game with 84 rushing yards on 19 carries, most of which were accumulated in the second half.
Defensive lineman Byron Young returned to his home state of Mississippi and put on a show, tying for the team lead in tackles with 11 to go along with two sacks.
Alabama’s defense did hold the Ole Miss Rebels' run game under their season average, but it’s safe to say Ole Miss won the battle in the trenches as Alabama native Quinshon Judkins rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns for the Rebels.
Despite the Crimson Tide defense bending the entire night, they didn’t break when they needed to show up the most. On a 4th-and-15 from the Alabama 20, with 0:46 left in the game and down six points, Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart’s pass to the end zone fell incomplete securing the win for the Tide.
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