The Alabama Crimson Tide defense was the story yesterday, as they shut down Bo Wallace and his talented receivers in a convincing 25-0 victory over a top 25, conference foe. The top-ranked Tide held Wallace to just 5.1 yards per attempt, and the Mississippi Rebels also found it difficult to get anything going on the ground. Meanwhile, Alabama received another 100-yard rushing performance from Hesiman hopeful T.J. Yeldon, and starting quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 78.1% of his passes in a game that he dedicated to car accident victim Olivia Mills, who passed away yesterday morning (follow this link for more on the heartfelt story).
A.J. McCarron spoke about the offenses’s performance in the 25-0 victory and stated that he feels they played well, ”I felt like we did good. I mean, I didn’t look at the stats or anything, I don’t pay attention to that. But I feel like we moved the ball good. When we got stopped, I thought we hurt ourselves. It wasn’t about what they did.”
Not only did McCarron say that he wasn’t paying attention to the stats, but he also added that he, rather “we”, wasn’t paying attention to the scoreboard either. Instead, McCarron stated that the Alabama offense is instead focused on moving the football forward, and that’s exactly what Yeldon, McCarron, and the offense were able to do yesterday. He also praised the Alabama offensive line, as they went up against one of the most talented front sevens in the league; Ole Miss, of course, boasts the Nkemdiche brothers.
Alabama was 8-18 on third and fourth downs yesterday, whereas Ole Miss only converted five of 18 third and fourth downs (Alabama’s defense snuffed out three of the Rebels four fourth down attempts).