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No. 1 Alabama blanks No. 16 MS, for second consecutive shutout

No. 1 Alabama blanks No. 16 MS, for second consecutive shutout”

Alabama's defense continued to look more like a typical Alabama defense on Saturday, shutting out No. 16 Mississippi State 24-0 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

With quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still battling a gimpy right knee, the Tide (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) turned to defense for another vintage performance. "Any time you win a game in the SEC, obviously concerned with having an emotional hangover after the LSU game, I think that may be true to some degree, our players need to learn that you have to be able to play every week". "I never thought I'd ever be in position to say that you get style points but the way our system is, that may be the way it is".

The Crimson Tide's offense started off fast.

Alabama, facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs, appeared to fumble the ball with a clear Mississippi State recovery, at least according to many fans. Tagovailoa left the game late in the third quarter after taking a hit to the front of his knee. He didn't return and wasn't needed, mainly because of a defense that was overshadowed by an offense that had led the nation in scoring much of the season.

Tagovailoa didn't return to the game after this hit.

"We changed the game plan up a little bit", Gay said. Saban said he could have gone back into the game if necessary.

Two series before that, Tagovailoa was sacked around the legs by Willie Gay Jr. and got up gingerly before throwing his second interception of the season on the next play.

"It's a great feeling", Tide linebacker Dylan Moses said. "They have weapons everywhere, so we buckled down and tried to get stops".

GEORGIA TECH 27, MIAMI 21: TaQuon Marshall ran for 92 yards with two touchdowns and Georgia Tech scored 13 points off Miami's three lost fumbles to beat the struggling Hurricanes.

Backup Jalen Hurts missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

Day had a strong showing in the first half against Alabama on Saturday, punting four times for a 45.5 yard average and a long of 51-yards. He scored on a 1-yard run and a 14-yard catch. Mississippi State had no answer for Alabama's offense as it even failed on a field goal attempt in the first half. We're fighters and we're going to take it to the end. "We certainly gave ourselves an opportunity with how we played".

The Tide defense is coming into its own and flexed its muscles once again on Saturday holding Mississippi State to 169 total yards and duel-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to -23 yards rushing.

Alabama and Mississippi State players had to be separated from each other following the game.

Vanderbilt had led all game until Missouri running backs Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III fueled a 99-yard drive to start the fourth quarter. They had seven tackles for loss as a team.

Left guard Deonte Brown went down with turf toe, which Saban said would be more of an issue for him concerning next week's game.

Alabama matched the school record with its 24th consecutive home victory.



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