The most explosive offense in the country came into Bryant-Denny with a point to prove. The Alabama Crimson Tide did not show up to their TED Talk. Ole Miss got shut out in the first half, tallying a season-low 109 total yards at the halfway point, and just 291 yards and 21 points altogether.
It’s safe to say that backfired. Ole Miss’ defense reverted back to 2020, failing to stop Alabama whatsoever in this game. With Sam Williams going down early, Bryce Young had all the time in the world in the pocket, and his receivers were wide open most every play. Swiss cheese defense will never win games against Alabama.
Lane Kiffin was playing with all his cards on the table, going for it on each of Ole Miss’ first four fourth downs. However, they failed to convert on fourth on consecutive possessions, and Alabama answered both with touchdowns. Ole Miss didn’t get on the board until their first drive in the third quarter, and by that time they were already down 35-0. The Rebels, who came in with a top-five rushing attack in the nation, were totally shut down, totaling a season low 78 yards rushing on 2.3 yards per carry.
As for Alabama, everything went right from the jump. Their defense started slow but stepped up on consecutive fourth downs. From there, the Crimson Tide’s defensive front took over. They dominated Ole Miss’ dominant rushing attack, slowing it to a crawl all game. They held the Rebels to just 2.3 yards per carry for the game, and kept superstar Matt Corral out of the end zone until just over two minutes remained in the game.
Offensively, Alabama had it going in every facet. Bryce Young was excellent, and Brian Robinson Jr. had the game of his life, toting the rock 36 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns. Ole Miss’ defense was behind the eight-ball all game due to the field position their offense set them up with, and they were already outmatched from the jump.
It’s bad enough to get embarrassed in Tuscaloosa, but it’s even worse to get trolled by their mascot.
This feels….. purposeful? pic.twitter.com/DfI1HVEgCc— Jamie Erdahl Buckman (@JamieErdahl) October 2, 2021
This game and the day overall established that Alabama and Georgia are on an entirely different level. We may as well just fast forward to the SEC Championship game at this rate because all three of the other top-15 teams in the conference have now all fallen at the hands of the Tide or Bulldogs.
Ole Miss has a tough bounce-back game against the other sacrificial lamb to the SEC’s elite, as they host Arkansas. As for Alabama, they head to College Station with all the momentum in the world to take on another top-15 opponent in Texas A&M.