Number 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0), led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, met the Mississippi University Rebels (2-0), led by Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, in an NCAA football game on Saturday, September 15 , 2018 (9/15/18) at the Vaught Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Here is the AP summary:
OXFORD, miss. (AP) – Tua Tagovailoa threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, Jerry Jeudy got two scoring passes and No. 1 Alabama buried Mississippi 62-7 on Saturday night.
Alabama (3-0) scored a touchdown on the opening game of the Southeastern Conference opener, but responded with the following 62 points. The Tide's offensive was 516 yards and was so effective that Tagovailoa's day was over by the middle of the second quarter.
The left-hander completed 11 of 15 passes during his short time on the field. The Tide then turned to Jalen Hurts, who completed 7 of 10 passes for 85 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
It was so crooked that quarterback Mac Jones was third in the game before the end of the third quarter.
Ole Miss (2: 1, 0: 1) suffered a second direct failure of the Crimson Tide. The rebels fell 66-3 in Tuscaloosa last year.
Jordan Ta'amu only completed 7 of 22 passes for 133 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
The game was in doubt for about 11 seconds. That was the time Ta'amu needed to get D.K. Metcalf for a 75-yard touchdown on the game's first game. Ole Miss had a 7-0 lead and a packed Vaught Hemingway stadium rocked.
Alabama would not be deceived again.
The Tide scored 49 points at halftime and did everything he wanted against the Ole Miss defense. There was much evidence that the rebels were slowing down the tide – including the fact that they had spent a total of 629 yards on Southern Illinois last week – but the onslaught was still breathtaking.
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Very few people expected Ole Miss to win this game, but a modest close result might have given the rebels some self-confidence. Obviously, that did not happen. The defensive of Ole Miss was brutal in three games this season and the offensive – apart from the first 75-yard touchdown – looked out of sync. The rebels will try to regroup against Kent State next week.
Alabama scored his first win of the season, and his most impressive achievement was the slowdown in an Ole Miss offense that looked so good for the first two weeks of the season. The second player was burned at the opening match but when Ole Miss tried another deep ball on the next ride, Trevon Diggs knocked him away and the Tide came to a dominant performance.
Ole Miss will receive Kent State next Saturday.
Alabama hosts Texas A & M next Saturday.
Here's what you need to know:
Who: Alabama against Ole Miss
What: NCAA football
From where: Vaught Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Mississippi
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 19.00 o'clock East
Live broadcast: WatchESPN
Line: Alabama -21
Mississippi's football team can look very different from minute to minute.
Catch the rebels in the attack and they look like one of the nation's elite teams. Get them on the defensive and it's easy to wonder how they will win a Southeastern Conference game this season.
Both teams will have to play well when Ole Miss receives Alabama's No. 1 on Saturday in the opener of the conference for both teams. Ole Miss (2-0) will play Crimson Tide (2-0), who defeated the 66-3 rebels in Tuscaloosa a year ago, against an outsider with three touchdowns.
For second-year Ole Miss Coach Matt Luke, it's a chance to show fans and recruits that the rebels are still a factor in the SEC Western Division.
"We have a lot of prospects here, of course, and it's a good opportunity for them to see Oxford at its best," Luke said. "Night game at The Grove, Stadium full, it will be a great atmosphere of college football."
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This atmosphere will turn into a hurry if Ole Miss can not figure out how to stop someone from defending.
The rebels are currently ranked 123 out of 128 teams in the defense and give up more than 550 yards per game. The main reason why they have still won their first two games is the offensive, which is No. 8 out of a total of 128 offensive and accumulates nearly 600 yards per game.
The Ole Miss Offensive is stacked with talented players who are likely to have NFL futures, including left-wing Greg Little and receiver A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge. The same does not apply to the defense, which has no star power and has given over 600 yards to FCS level Southern Illinois this past weekend.
The defensive inability in this game was frighteningly obvious, with revealed Southern Illinois receivers easing catches and then bouncing off wannabe Tacklers.
The Salukis led Ole Miss 38-35 on Saturday at half-time, before the rebels scored for the 76-41 win. The comfortable closing margin did little to alleviate the defensive concerns.
Luke and Ole Miss Defensive Coordinator Wesley McGriff said the rebels' defensive fights were much more motivating than both X and O's.
"I have to get it going in the first half," McGriff said. "It was not about a plan, we did not change the scheme in the second half, we as employees have to get them going, let them play fast, play with some energy, that's our job to do that." , "
One thing that Ole Miss has emphasized is the need to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The rebels only had one sack against Southern Illinois.
If Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa is not under pressure on Saturday, it will probably be a long night for the rebels. Tagovailoa has completed more than 71 percent of his passes for 455 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions this season.
"One of our defense goals is to destroy the decision maker," McGriff said. "We have to get to the quarterback, we have to influence the game, we need to get him off schedule."
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)