Alabama beats Mississippi State to remain unbeaten

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The Bulldogs averaged 213.6 yards on the ground before playing Alabama.

"We started this saying 'short and smooth, ' which is basically a reminder to myself to keep my steps short and make it smooth like butter", Day said. The Tide did the Bulldogs one better in sacks, bringing down Nick Fitzgerald five times in the game. They ran for just 44 yards, 38 of which came on a Kylin Hill run. They didn't cross Alabama's 40-yard line again.

Vanderbilt had led all game until Missouri running backs Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III fueled a 99-yard drive to start the fourth quarter.

Behind the madness of the nation's top offense is sophomore Tua Taglovailoa, who has led the Crimson Tide to 566 yards a game and 51.3 points per contest.

Miles Sanders ran for 159 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, and McSorley completed 19 of 25 passes for 160 yards and a TD while matching Todd Blackledge's victory total from 1980-82.

Tua Tagovailoa's right knee isn't fully healthy.

"It's our quarterback", offensive tackle Jedrick Wills said. "We need to do a better job of protecting our quarterback so people don't get a chance to hit him". "We can definitely do that better".

Alabama scored touchdowns on its first two drives, consuming more than 10 minutes combined with 156 yards. The Alabama football defense was so good.it did not matter the Crimson Tide offense was ineffective in the second half.

Tagovailoa didn't return to the game Saturday after taking a hit to his injured right knee.

Mond threw TDs of 21, 10 and 5 yards and his touchdown run was a 1-yard scamper in the first quarter.

For Alabama football, the Mississippi State game began like most other games this season, with the Tide looking dominating on offense.

If he is going to play a bunch going forward, just pound the rock with any of the great Alabama running backs Saban has at his disposal. The head coach said he has always supported the NCAA's decision making in terms of player safety but stated, "somebody else should really sort of make a decision about whether there is anything wrong that happened in this game today".

For the second week in a row Saban was forced to call upon his third-string man, however, this time he was given a taller order.

Alabama's defense allowed fewer than two yards per carry for the fourth straight game, which it had never done under Saban. It went 61 yards on 10 plays, before being stopped at the one-yard line. Guard Deonte Brown went down with turf toe.

Sure, Alabama still has the Iron Bowl with the arch rival Auburn Tigers let on the slate, plus a cupcake game versus the The Citadel before that.

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