Ole Miss 10-7-13-0 — 43
Alabama 3-7-7-7 — 37
Ole Miss shocked Alabama for the second year in a row. The Rebels defeated the Crimson Tide 43-37 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama had five turnovers and switched out quarterbacks throughout the game. Ole Miss controlled much of the game despite Alabama mounting a late comeback attempt.
Quarterback Chad Kelly was 18-of-33 for 341 yards and three touchdowns. The Ole Miss defense had three interceptions and recovered two fumbles on kickoff returns. It was a statement game for Ole Miss to prove they are a legit contender in the SEC West and perhaps one of the better teams in college football.
Here are the highlights from the Ole Miss and Alabama showdown:
Alabama Fumbled on the Very First Play
On the opening kickoff, two Alabama players ran into each other and fumbled the ball. The Alabama defense was able to hold the Rebels to a field goal.
Cooper Bateman Got the Start at Quarterback
Alabama went with a new starting quarterback after Jacob Coker started the last two games. Cooper Bateman got the start in Tuscaloosa.
Bateman Threw the Ball Right to Ole Miss
Bateman passed the ball directly to Ole Miss. Things were about to get worse for Bateman. Ole Miss was able to capitalize on the interception.
Ole Miss Rocked Bateman After the Interception
In a bit of a shocking move, Nick Saban had both Cooper Bateman and Jacob Coker announced as starters at quarterback. Cooper Bateman ended up getting the start for the Crimson Tide. After this hit, he might be regretting Saban’s decision.
The Rebels Get Into the Endzone First
Jordan Wilkins ran for the one-yard touchdown. The score gave Ole Miss the 10-3 lead.
Chad Kelly Scored a Rushing Touchdown
Kelly looked good in spurts early on. The Rebels capitalized on the second Alabama fumble on a kickoff return. Kelly’s touchdown gave Ole Miss a 17-3 lead. He was 6-of-14 for 36 yards in the first half. Part of the reason for the low numbers was Ole Miss recovering two fumbles deep in Alabama territory.
Alabama Answered With a Late Second Quarter Touchdown
As the Alabama player hurdled into the endzone, it cut the Ole Miss lead to seven points. Ole Miss took the 17-10 score into halftime.
Ole Miss Scored on a Miracle Touchdown
Ole Miss scored on a touchdown on amazing tipped touchdown. Chad Kelly was about to get sacked and threw the ball up in the air. An Ole Miss receiver tipped the ball up when Adeboyejo caught the ball and ran for a 66-yard touchdown pass. It gave Ole Miss a 24-10 lead early in the 3rd quarter.
This Alabama fan is not happy with the game so far:
Jacob Coker Scored on a Quarterback Run
Coker ran the ball in for a touchdown. It made the score 30-17 and put the Crimson Tide back within striking distance.
Alabama Came Within Seven Points
This pass by Jacob Coker brought Alabama within seven points of Ole Miss. Coker has played well since he came into the game.
Chad Kelly Threw an Amazing 73-Yard Touchdown Pass
It looked like Kelly was going to run for the first down. At the last second, he pulled the ball back for the 73-yard touchdown.
Ole Miss Scored Another Touchdown
Treadwell missed the end of last season with a heartbreaking injury. He came up big with this touchdown pass.
Alabama Scored Two Quick Touchdowns in the 4th Quarter
After Alabama cut the lead to 13, they recovered an onside kick. They went on to score a touchdown on the drive which cut the lead to six. Ole Miss was ahead 43-37 with 4:33 left.