Ole Miss started the game by channeling their 2015 luck by causing Jaylen Waddle to
fumble his punt 3 times, bouncing it off a helmet, and then recovering the ball. They put in a brand new QB who doesn’t throw the ball all that well, but is a substantial threat running it, and punched the ball into the endzone.
Alabama responded by forgetting to block on three consecutive plays and punting it back, and the Rebels then gashed the Alabama defense before settling for a field goal and putting the Tide behind for the first time this season.
That’s when Tua Tagovailoa and co. decided enough was enough, and went on a warpath for 31 unanswered points... Most of which came from receiver DeVonta Smith, who is playing out of his mind. Smith caught 8 balls for 221 yards and 4 touchdowns. The quartet of touchdowns is now a school record for reception touchdowns in a single game... and it’s only halftime.
The Alabama defense, after struggling to contain the speedy JR Plumlee at QB early, made some adjustments by blitzing the edges on most every play and pretty much shut down the Ole Miss offense after the first few drives.