Alabama pummeled Mississippi State in every phase of the game to move to 9-1 on the season. Freight train Derrick Henry rumbled for 204 yards and a pair of scores, while the Tide front seven suffocated Dak Prescott.
On Mississippi State's second offensive possession of the game, the Bulldogs marched down the field to the Bama 1-yard line. Facing fourth and goal against the beast that is the Tide defense, the home team elected to go for it. Prescott was stymied.
Bama did not exactly seize the momentum, though, as Jake Coker threw a pick on the ensuing possession. It was an unforced error of sorts -- one that gave those with cowbells in hand a sense of belief.
Mississippi State fumbled shortly thereafter. Bama then punted. Then Bulldogs' kicker Westin Graves came up short on a 50-yard field goal. Next possession for Bama? Three-and-out.
The door had been agape for Mississippi State during these early moments. Bama was not yet clicking, but Prescott and this pass-heavy offense could not get going. The door was about to be slammed shut. The Bulldogs punted the ball away in what was the beginning of the end.
Cyrus Jones returned the punt 69 yards for a touchdown, breaking the deadlock early in the second quarter.
Coker was 15-of-25 passing on the day and had a 60-yard touchdown pass to freshman sensation Calvin Ridley in the second quarter. It was a rather short pass, but Ridley exploded after the catch and took it to the house. The rout was on.
Henry then outran the entire Bulldog defense for a 74-yard score. 240 pounds moving as fast as a small vehicle. The speedy DBs on the field could only see the back of his jersey.
Bama led 21-3 at the half and never looked like it might surrender the lead after the intermission. Henry added another score when he again turned on the jets -- this time for a 65-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Tide defense logged nine sacks on the day, never allowing Prescott to get into a rhythm. With 300 yards through the air, the Bulldogs' signal caller finished with a rather impressive stat line. He threw his second pick of the season, but the real struggle came in the ground game.
Prescott is an integral part of the Bulldogs' rushing attack, which is clear seeing as he called his own number 26 times during this game. However, he only managed 14 yards. Kirby Smart's unit was simply relentless.
Obviously, Alabama has tremendous momentum heading into its final two games. However, talented running back Kenyan Drake broke his arm in this game and will miss a few weeks of action. Meanwhile, star Bulldog wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson was carted off the field midway through the fourth quarter. We will continue to monitor his status.