TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team found itself in an unusual situation in its 33-14 victory over the Mississippi Rebels (3-2, 0-1 SEC) Saturday night, one that many of the Crimson Tide players had barely experienced during their careers.
When Rebels running back Jeff Scott was able to punch in a 1-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, it marked the first time Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) had trailed in regulation since a 3-0 deficit at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter against Tennessee in 2011. The streak had spanned parts of 11 games and more than 600 minutes of playing time.
However, the Rebels' 7-6 lead lasted just 15 seconds.
Sophomore Christion Jones returned the subsequent kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and three subsequent interceptions led to two Amari Cooper touchdown catches, 16 and 12 yards, as the Crimson Tide quickly pulled away for a 27-7 halftime lead.
Since the Capital One Bowl at the end of the 2010 season against Michigan State, Alabama has trailed for only 25 minutes and 27 seconds over 19 games (1,140 minutes of game action including Saturday).
Coming in, Alabama had won eight straight and 25 of the last 27 meetings against Ole Miss, although
three of the wins have since been vacated.
Ole Miss closed the gap to 27-14 on Randall Mackey's 12-yard touchdown run to complete a 16-play drive in the third quarter, but Alabama was able to eventually counter with two of Jeremy Shelley's four field goals to complete the scoring.
AJ McCarron completed 17 of his 19 attempts in the first half and finished 22 of 30 for 180 yards. He also surpassed Brodie Croyle's school record of 190 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.
Cooper had a career-best eight receptions for 84 yards for the Crimson Tide. Although the Alabama running game struggled for most of the game, with 125 yards on 34 carries, junior Eddie Lacy led with 82 yards on 19 carries.
For Ole Miss (3-2, 0-1 SEC), Bo Wallace threw two of the passes intercepted, with Mackey's only attempt picked off. Wallace was 15 of 26 for 123 yards and sacked four times, while Barry Brunetti was 4-for-6 and 15 yards.
NOTES: Alabama junior wide receiver DeAndrew White injured his right knee on Alabama's first possession and did not return. ... Senior safety Robert Lester was checked for a neck injury after his interception return, but returned after missing one play ... The Crimson Tide staff wore "Coach to Cure MD" patches to promote awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ... Alabama's 1992 title team was honored before kickoff, and the gymnastics team received its national championship rings at halftime.