November 13, 2010

Big plays doom the Dogs

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., - Big plays and missed tackles led to the end of Mississippi State's six-game winning streak as No. 11 Alabama downed the Bulldogs 30-10 at Bryant Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide scored three touchdowns of 45-yards or more and kept MSU's one dimensional offense out of the end zone until the final quarter.

"Give Alabama credit, they are a heck of a football team," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "They have a lot of great playmakers and an experienced group that is used to winning and made the plays they needed to make to win the football game. We did not follow our recipe of what has gotten us here which was take care of the football, make plays when we need to make them on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game."

Alabama (8-2, 5-2) finished the night with 452 yards including 277 through the air and an additional 175 on the ground.

"I was pleased with the way our team played today," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "I was pleased with how anxious they were to bounce back and compete, to be relentless in the game, to try to be physical and to establish the kind of identity for our team that we want in terms of intensity, toughness, ability to execute and the focus that we need to have."

Greg McElroy completed 12-of-18 passing for 227 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Tide.

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