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Alabama defeats Ole Miss in record-setting contest

Defense was... uh, optional in Oxford.

Alabama vs Ole Miss Photo by Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ole Miss Rebels feasted in a record-setting affair on Saturday.

The Tide emerged victorious in a 63-48 victory over the Rebels to move to 3-0 on the season. In doing so, some SEC records were smashed, including the record for most total yards gained in a game from both teams combined.

Najee Harris dominated the game on the ground. The star Alabama running back rushed for 206 yards on just 23 carries, good for a startling mark of 9.0 YPC. He also found the end zone five times, a mark that certainly ranks among the best single-game performances in Tide running back history. Brian Robinson and DeVonta Smith also scored rushing touchdowns on the night to give ‘Bama seven of those on the night.

Mac Jones was also nearly perfect. He went 28-for-32 on his pass attempts, threw for 417 yards and tossed two touchdown passes with no interceptions. Jones’ touchdown passes went to Smith and to Miller Foristall, as in all, ‘Bama got receptions from five different players. Smith was a monster, hauling in 13 catches for 164 yards. Jaylen Waddle was also outstanding, as he pulled in six for a gaudy 120 yards receiving. John Metchie III had 75 yards on just four receptions, while the aforementioned Harris scooped up 42 yards on three catches.

Offense wasn’t the problem for Ole Miss to say the very least. The Rebels put up 647 total yards on the Crimson Tide, certainly one of the worst marks as far as yards allowed in the Nick Saban Era. Matt Corral went 21-for-28 for 365 yards, with two touchdowns, both going to Kenny Yeboah. Yeboah caught seven passes and led with 181 yards, while Elijah Moore led the team with 11 receptions for 143 yards. The Rebels also chunked together 268 yards on the ground with 4.7 yards per carry. Snoop Conner rushed for 128 yards on 21 carries, while Jerrion Ealy ran for 120 yards on 19 carries. Corral posted 40 yards himself on 13 carries, showing off some versatility.

Defense was certainly not the name of the game in this one, but boy was it a barnburner.

Alabama has a titanic matchup next week against the Georgia Bulldogs in primetime, while Ole Miss hopes to figure things out against the Arkansas Razorbacks.