TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Brodie Croyle threw two touchdown passes
and Ray Hudson rushed for a career-high 116 yards and scored a pair
of TDs to lift Alabama to a 28-7 victory over Mississippi on
The Crimson Tide, 2-0 for the first time since 1999, has won 21
of the last 22 meetings with Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa and seven
Ole Miss, meanwhile, dropped its first two games for the first
time since 1987 and continued to sputter offensively.
The Tide overpowered the Rebels for 221 yards on the ground and
held onto the ball for more than 37 minutes. Hudson took the last
of his 14 carries 46 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown
with 10:34 left in the fourth quarter and also caught a 13-yard
Kenneth Darby gained 86 yards on 17 carries.
Croyle was 14-of-22 for 169 yards and hit Tyrone Prothro for a
15-yard score in the first half as the Tide mostly kept it on the
ground and relied on short passes.
The Rebels turned to backup quarterback Ethan Flatt in the third
quarter after Micheal Spurlock's second straight shaky performance.
Spurlock was 5-of-15 for 54 yards and lost a fumble that led to a
Flatt fared somewhat better, directing the Rebels' only
touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, though it was kept alive by
a pass-interference call on fourth-and-9. He hit Eric Rice for a
6-yard touchdown pass two minutes into the fourth quarter to avoid
Hudson answered with his long touchdown scamper.
Ole Miss had just 192 total yards and looked nothing like the
offensive team that Eli Manning led to a 10-3 record last season.
The Rebels had plenty of chances, but weren't accepting handouts
in the first quarter. They started three of their first four
possessions in Alabama territory, thanks partly to two fumbles, but
wound up with a missed field goal and two punts.
They got only one first down out of it but did twice bury the
Tide inside its 5.
Alabama drove 98 yards the second time, scoring on Tim
Castille's 1-yard plunge for a 7-0 lead. The drive was aided by
three costly Ole Miss penalties.
Roman Harper jarred the ball loose from Spurlock at the Rebels'
8 on the next play. After a holding penalty, Croyle hit Prothro in
the end zone.
D.J. Hall and Keith Brown became the first freshman receivers to
start for Alabama since Ozzie Newsome in 1974, but the offense
still racked up 390 yards.