TUSCALOOSA, Ala., - Coming into Saturday's game, top-ranked Alabama was a 24-point favorite over No. 11 Mississippi State. As it turned out, the Crimson Tide had that by halftime. Alabama (8-0) rolled over the previously unbeaten Bulldogs 38-7 during a homecoming rout. The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the first drive of the second quarter and never looked back. Alabama finished with 414 yards on offense, including 235 through the air. AJ McCarron completed 16-of-23 passing for 208 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while freshman TJ Yeldon rushed 10 times for 84 yards and a score. Tight end Michael Williams caught five passes for 38 yards to lead the Crimson Tide in that category while Kenny Bell hauled in one pass for a 57-yard touchdown. Mississippi State drove 97 yards on 16-plays early in the third quarter down to the UA 1-yard line. But after leading the Bulldogs to six first downs, Tyler Russell was picked off in the end zone by Alabama's Robert Lester. Another Lester turnover early in the fourth quarter would set up Alabama's next score. After a punt bounced off MSU linebacker Deontae Skinner, Lester recovered at the MSU 28-yard line. Three plays later, backup quarterback Phillip Ely connected with Eddie Lacy on a 27-yard touchdown toss to pull ahead 31-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Alabama's Christion Jones would cause Jameon Lewis to cough up the football, which was recovered by Landon Collins of the Crimson Tide at the MSU 43-yard line. Eight plays later Kenyan Drake would waltz into the end zone from 3-yards out. Mississippi State would score its only touchdown with just under five minutes to play when backup quarterback Dak Prescott hit Robert Johnson on a 2-yard pass. The Bulldogs finished with 256 yards on the night and just 47 yards on the ground. Tyler Russell connected on 15-of-30 passing for 169 yards and an interception. SEC leading rusher LaDarius Perkins ended the evening with just 38 yards on 15 attempts. Chris Smith was MSU's leading receiver with three catches for 78 yards. Alabama wasted little time getting on the board. The Crimson Tide scored on the opening drive when freshman T.J. Yeldon ran 11 yards for a touchdown. Alabama's defense has not allowed an opponent to score on an opening possession all season, but Mississippi State came close to being the first. The Bulldogs put together a nine-play opening drive before Devon Bell's 31-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Dee Milliner. The Crimson Tide would go to the air on its next possession. AJ McCarron threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Bell to make it 14-0 before the end of the first quarter. Alabama extended its lead on the first series of the second quarter when McCarron found a wide-open Michael Williams in the end zone from 9 yards. Alabama was aided on the eight-play, 73-yard drive by two 15-yard penalties against the Bulldogs, including unsportsmanlike conduct on coach Dan Mullen. The teams traded possessions on the next seven series without a first down until Alabama was able to extend its lead just before halftime. Jeremy Shelley's 34-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining gave the Crimson Tide a 24-0 advantage heading into the locker room.
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