Oct. 9, 2009
OXFORD, Miss. - Senior running back Shaun Alexander and sophomore wide receiver Freddie Milons combined for 347 total yards, leading Alabama to a 30-24 win over Mississippi in front of a jam-packed Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium and a CBS national television audience.
Alexander ran the ball 36 times for 214 yards and scored all three Alabama touchdowns in the win, earning him SEC Player of the Week honors for the fourth time that season. Alabama rushed for 236 yards and had a 10-minute advantage in time of possession.
Milons added nine catches for 133 yards, setting the Crimson Tide record for the most consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Prior to that, Ozzie Newsome held the record with back-to-back 100-yard games against Miami (Fla.) and Auburn in 1977.
Alabama built a 27-7 third-quarter lead, but watched Mississippi rally in the final 19 minutes of the game, cutting the deficit to 27-24 on Deuce McAllister's 22-yard touchdown run with 7:33 left in the game.
The Crimson Tide answered with a gritty 13-play, 74-yard drive that ended with 24-yard field goal by Ryan Pflugner to put the Tide in front 30-24 with 2:15 left in the game. Pflugner, who returned to the UA lineup following a leg injury, made all three field goal attempts and all three extra points and finished with 12 points in the win.
Mississippi's final possession began at its own 37-yard line, but they could not pick up a first down in four plays giving the ball to the Crimson Tide, which ran out the clock.
Pflugner opened the scoring with a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter. Alexander scored his first touchdown in the first quarter as the Tide built a 10-0 lead. The touchdown was the 41st of his UA career, and broke Bobby Humphrey's school record of 40 career TDs. Alexander's 1-yard run capped a 9-play, 83-yard drive,
The two teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter and the Crimson Tide took a 17-7 lead into the locker room. McAllister put the Rebels on the board with 5-yard run with 8:46 left in the half to cut the Tide's lead to 10-7. Alabama answered with an impressive 17-play, 99-yard drive capped by Alexander's 1-yard run with 1:23 left in the half to send the Tide into halftime with a 10-point lead.
Alabama scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and built a seemingly comfortable 27-7 lead with 7:23 left in the quarter. Alexander scored on a 2-yard run on the team's first possession of the quarter after breaking off a big 38-yard run during the 7-play, 68-yard drive. Pflugner added a 39-yard field goal with 7:39 left in the quarter to put the Tide up by 20 points.
The Rebels came roaring back with 10 points in the final four minutes of the third quarter to cut the lead to 27-17. Romaro Miller's 6-yard pass to Maurice Flournoy with 3:57 left cut the lead to 27-14. Following a surprise on-side kick, the Rebels maintained possession at the UM 48-yard line. The Rebels drove to the Alabama 29-yard line before settling for a 46-yard field goal by Les Binkley to trim the deficit to 27-17 heading into the final quarter.
UA quarterback Andrew Zow completed 16-of-28 passes for 177 yards in the win. He did not throw an interception and the Tide did not lose a turnover. The defense was led by Marvin Constant and Reggie Myles, who had seven tackles apiece. Myles also added two tackles for loss.