Alabama 51, Mis­sis­sippi State 3

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. >> Jalen Hurts passed for ca­reer highs of 347 yards and four touch­downs and ran for 100 yards in less than three quar­ters in Alabama vic­tory over Mis­sis­sippi State.

The fresh­man quar­ter­back’s pro­lific per­for­mance wiped out any con­cerns that the Crim­son Tide (10-0, 7-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 1 CFP) would have a let­down after a bruis­ing win at No. 19 LSU. In­stead, Hurts turned in his best game and the de­fense de­nied Mis­sis­sippi State (4-6, 2-4) the end zone on nine trips across mid­field.

Hurts is the first Alabama player to have 300 yards pass­ing and 100 yards rush­ing in the same game.

Hurts com­pleted 28 of 37 passes and rushed for a fifth touch­down be­fore be­ing re­placed by Cooper Bate­man late in the third quar­ter. The ca­reer per­for­mance was marred by an in­ter­cep­tion and fum­ble, but the Tide’s dom­i­nat­ing de­fense made sure the mis­cues didn’t mat­ter too much.

ArDar­ius Ste­wart was the big­gest ben­e­fi­ciary of the pass­ing re­vival, scor­ing three touch­downs. Ste­wart gained 156 yards on eight catches, in­clud­ing a 67-yard sprint on a jet sweep.

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