Sept. 26, 2013
The Alabama defense was its usual opportunistic self and then freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper announced to the Southeastern Conference and the nation that he would be a force in the Crimson Tide's offense. It was only a year ago, but this week's Thursday throwback focuses on the Tide's 33-14 win over Mississippi at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sept. 29, 2012.
Alabama did trail for the first time during the 2012 season against the Rebels, falling behind 7-6, after Jeff Scott's 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Sophomore Christion Jones quickly answered the Rebels, sprinting up the right sideline nearly untouched for a 99-yard kickoff return for a score.
The Crimson Tide then forced a 3-and-out and AJ McCarron promptly found Cooper for a 16-yard scoring strike. Deion Belue then picked off the Rebels quarterback and McCarron hit Cooper once again from 12 yards out as the freshman went up over a UM defender to nab his second score.
Cooper, from Miami, Fla., finished with a big night, recording then-career highs in receptions (8), receiving yards (84) and touchdowns (2).
Alabama picked off Ole Miss quarterbacks three times and allowed just 218 total yards, including just 80 on the ground.
Alabama led 27-7 at the half and cruised to victory to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Eddie Lacy rushed for 82 yards and McCarron finished 22 of 30 for 180 yards and two touchdowns. C.J. Mosley led the defense with 10 tackles while Belue, Dee Milliner and Robert Lester all tallied interceptions.
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