Leigh Tiffin never kicked a field goal longer than 31 yards, but he nailed all five he attempted to rescue an offense that had trouble punching the ball into the end zone. His 15 points on five made field goals pushed Alabama ahead and gave the defense an opportunity to seal away the sixth win of the season.
Tide running back Mark Ingram’s 36-yard fourth-down run late in the second quarter provided the game’s only touchdown and did a lot to crush the Rebel spirit. He took a sweep around the left side of an unbalanced line to run untouched into the end zone right in front of the Ole Miss student section. The 16-0 halftime lead was more than enough to get away with the win.
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Moving Cory Reamer back to the Sam linebacker spot from Will appeared to loosen up the rest of the defense that dominated the game. Kentucky ran the ball more effectively a week ago when Reamer was at Will as a replacement for the injured Dont’a Hightower.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I will limit him to about five. He’s got to watch his weight. — Quarterback Greg McElroy said of the number of burgers nose guard Terrence Cody is allowed when he takes the defense out to dinner.
BY THE NUMBERS
5: More fans who attended Saturday’s game than Ole Miss’ 2003 game with LSU to set a new stadium record attendance with 62,657
19: Total Ole Miss yards at halftime compared to Alabama’s 237. The Tide also held an 11-1 first down advantage while holding the ball for 21:03.
172: Rushing yards for Mark Ingram, a new career-high that topped his 150-yard game in the opener against Virginia Tech.
1: Empty red zone appearance of the season for Ole Miss on 16 visits. That scoreless possession came Saturday when Kareem Jackson’s interception ended the Rebel perfection.
2: Matching number for Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead for completions and interceptions in the first half.
0: Touchdowns for Alabama in five red zone trips Saturday. All five ended with Leigh Tiffin field goals.
38:19: Alabama’s time of possession in a game it controlled the tempo thanks to a defense that forced turnovers and quick possessions.