OXFORD, MS (WLBT) - Ole Miss with quite the welcome for the number team in the country. The very first play of the game: Jordan Ta’amu deep for D.K. Metcalf. He makes the grab and makes his way into the end zone. 1 play, 7-nothing. Party’s on in Oxford, right?
A Crimson dose of reality just three plays later. Damien Harris 43 yard touchdown. Tied 7-7 not even 90 seconds into the game.
On the next Alabama possession, Tua Tagovailoa goes deep over the middle to Jerry Jeudy who covers 79 yards on the catch and run.
Tide in front 14 to 7.
The rout is on.
Najee Harris with a 10-yard touchdown run that will make it 21-7 Alabama.
On the first play of the ensuing Ole Miss drive, Ta’amu’s pass deep is intercepted which leads to another Crimson score.
Alabama leads 28-7 after the first quarter.
Second quarter, Josh Jacobs plows his way in from four yards out. Jacobs gets flagged with unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing up the Landshark on the Ole Miss defense.
Still 2nd quarter, Jalen Hurts now in the ballgame -- looking for Jeudy again and he finds him.
Alabama led Ole Miss 49 - 7 at the half.
The Ole Miss defense held Alabama to only a field goal after a 74-yard kickoff return by Josh Jacobs to open the second half.
Ta’amu was intercepted shortly thereafter by Xavier McKinney, who returned it 30 yards for an Alabama touchdown.
The Tide added a field goal early in the fourth quarter. However, the Ole Miss offense just couldn’t find its footing against the tough Alabama defense.
Ta’amu played every snap of the game, leading to questions about that decision. Luke told reporters that Jordan wanted to play and it didn’t make sense to use redshirt freshman QB Matt Corrall.
The game featured 62,919 fans, making it the eighth largest crowd in Vaught-Hemingway history.
Next up, the Rebels will face Kent State at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at 11 a.m.