- MISS 433
- 503 ALA
- MISS 0
- 5 ALA
- MISS 16
- 29 ALA
- Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
- Line: ALA -8.5
Ole Miss upsets Alabama in thriller
Ole Miss holds on to win at Alabama
Kelly, Rebels resilient in win over Crimson Tide
Freeze: 'I believe in what we do and how we do it'
Chad Kelly postgame interview
Alabama committed 5 turnovers in its loss to Ole Miss, while the Rebels didn't commit any. This was the first time Nick Saban's Tide have been -5 in the turnover battle.Over the last 4 years, teams to lose the turnover battle by at least 5 are 1-47. (Maryland beat USF last year despite losing the turnover battle by 5)Only 3 of those 47 teams managed to lose by 6 or fewer points, including Alabama on Saturday.
Chad Kelly passed for 305 yards and threw all three of his touchdowns in the second half Saturday, compared with 36 yards in the first half. Kelly's first-half Total QBR was 56.2 compared with 88.9 in the second half.He found success in using a run fake in the second half, with 53% of his throws coming after play action, including both of his fourth-quarter touchdown passes. Kelly utilized the play action on 29% of his throws in the first half.
Alabama turned the ball over five times, tied for its most in nine seasons under Nick Saban. Two of the Crimson Tide's turnovers came on special teams, including a fumble on the opening kickoff. The Crimson Tide's special teams subtracted 8 points from the final score margin, their worst in last two seasons. Alabama's special teams unit ranked 111th in efficiency last season.
Both Cooper Bateman and Jake Coker played quarterback Saturday but neither quarterback was able to separate himself from the other. While the Crimson Tide scored all five of their touchdowns with Coker under center, Bateman completed higher percentage of passes.
This is the first time in school history that Ole Miss has beaten an AP top-2 team (0-16 entering this week). Only Indiana, Oklahoma State, California and Vanderbilt had more losses without a win against AP top-2 teams entering this week.
This is Ole Miss' first win at Alabama since 1988, snapping a 12-game losing streak in Tuscaloosa (including vacated games). It's also the first time in Ole Miss history that it has beaten Alabama in consecutive seasons, regardless of location.Ole Miss joins 1973-74 Notre Dame as the only team to beat AP Top-3 Alabama in consecutive seasons.
This is Alabama's first August/September loss since September 29, 2007 against Florida State. Alabama's 32 straight August/September wins entering this week was over twice as long as the 2nd-longest streak entering this week. Florida State now has the longest streak at 16 straight wins.
The loss snaps Alabama's 17-game home winning streak, which was tied for the longest active FBS streak
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.