Saturday, October 15, 2011
Alabama steamrolls over Ole Miss
By Edward Aschoff
LSU might have the No. 1 ranking, but Alabama certainly deserves to share that title.
The Tide ran over and around Ole Miss in its 52-7 drubbing of the Rebels. After Ole Miss opened the game with a 72-yard touchdown drive, Alabama's defense allowed just 69 more yards the rest of the game.
Offensively, Alabama handed the rock off to running back Trent Richardson and just watched the magic unfold. He had a career-high 183 rushing yards and four touchdowns. And if his stellar first half of the season wasn't enough to put him near the top of the Heisman Trophy race, his thrilling 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter might have been his official Heisman moment. Not only did Richardson show off his track speed and elusiveness, but when he stopped and started near the end of his run to shake Ole Miss' Senquez Golson down to the ground, jaws around the country simultaneously dropped to the floor.
My ankle was turned on that play all the way over here in Atlanta.
AJ McCarron was sharp as well, passing for 224 yards and a touchdown. It was another efficient day for the sophomore, who just gets better and better every week.
As a whole, Alabama put up 615 yards of offense, with 389 coming on the ground. Backup running back Jalston Fowler cranked out 125 of those yards and had two touchdowns to his name.
Again, Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage and moved wherever and however it wanted to against Ole Miss, while the Rebels couldn't figure out which way was north. Ole Miss ran the ball 31 times for just 28 yards.
Ole Miss' offense line was gobbled up and with it went any hope of moving the ball on this tenacious Tide defense. The Rebels had offensive issues coming into the game, but nothing got cleared up against Alabama. And nothing was going to get cleared up.
Alabama looked like a team from another football planet out there. This was major mismatch in the worst way, but Alabama has made it look that way all season.
It doesn't look like this Tide team will be slowing down anytime soon.