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1Q update: Alabama 7, Ole Miss 3

10/18/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The streak is over.

Somebody finally scored against No. 2-ranked Alabama in the first quarter, but the Crimson Tide never really flinched and charged into the second quarter Saturday with a 7-3 lead over Ole Miss.

The Rebels got a 26-yard field goal from Joshua Shene with 5:25 to play, the first points Alabama has allowed in the first quarter all season. Up until that point, the Crimson Tide had outscored their opponents 88-0 in the first quarter.

Alabama wasn't especially sharp in the first quarter, but made a couple of huge plays. The biggest was cornerback Kareem Jackson chasing down Ole Miss freshman tailback Enrique Davis when it looked like Davis was going to score on a long touchdown.

But Jackson never gave up on the play and caught Davis at the Alabama 8 on the tail end of a 62-yard run. The Rebels went backward from there and had to settle for the field goal.

The Crimson Tide's passing game clicked nicely on their scoring drive, as freshman Julio Jones is off to a big start. John Parker Wilson, after being sacked by Greg Hardy on the opening possession of the game, has had more time to throw ever since. He hit freshman Marquis Maze in stride with a 26-yard touchdown pass.

The most entertaining part of that play was Nick Saban absolutely unloading on Maze as he came back to the sideline. Maze was hit with a 15-yard celebration penalty after scoring the touchdown and immediately felt the wrath of Saban.

Ole Miss' Hardy has been quiet after recording his sack during the game's first possession.