Ole Miss struck first, but Alabama charged back with 17 straight points to take a 17-7 lead into halftime in Oxford.
If not for a couple of holding penalties on center William Vlachos, Alabama's lead might be more and running back Trent Richardson would have at least one more touchdown. But he should be pleased with his two scores heading into the half.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron continues to impress and has completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 132 yards in the first two quarters.
Ole Miss was dealt a tough blow to its secondary early when senior cornerback Marcus Temple fractured his ankle on a play. While McCarron had a good first half, you have to give Ole Miss' defense credit for not falling apart after Temple went out. Alabama had 242 yards of offense in the first half, but only 17 points. That's a win for the Rebels at this point.
What is a major loss is that the offense drove 72 yards on its opening drive for the first score of the game, but hasn't netted anything since.