Bama ham­mers Ole Miss, 62-7

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS -

OX­FORD, Miss. — Tua Tago­v­ailoa threw for 191 yards and two touch­downs, Jerry Jeudy had two touch­down catches and top-ranked Alabama buried Ole Miss 62-7 Satur­day night.

Alabama (3-0) gave up a touch­down on the first play of the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence opener for both teams, but the Crim­son Tide re­sponded by scor­ing the next 62 points. Their of­fense to­taled 516 yards and was so ef­fec­tive that Tago­v­ailoa’s evening was over by mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

The left-handed sopho­more com­pleted 11 of 15 passes dur­ing his short time on the field. The Tide then turned to former starter Jalen Hurts, who was 7-of-10 pass­ing for 85 yards, two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion.

It was so lop­sided that third­string quar­ter­back Mac Jones was in the game be­fore the end of the third quar­ter.

Ole Miss (2-1, 0-1) suf­fered through a sec­ond straight blowout loss to the Tide. The Rebels lost 66-3 last year in Tuscaloosa.

Rebels quar­ter­back Jor­dan Ta’amu was just 7-of-22 pass­ing for 133 yards with one touch­down and two in­ter­cep­tions.

The game was in doubt for about 11 sec­onds. That’s the time it took for Ta’amu to find D.K. Met­calf for a 75-yard touch­down on the first play of the game. Ole Miss had a 7-0 lead and a packed Vaught-Hem­ing­way Sta­dium was rock­ing.

Alabama wouldn’t be fooled again.

No. 16 Mis­sis­sippi State 56, Louisiana-Lafayette 10

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Nick Fitzger­ald ac­counted for 350 yards of of­fense and six touch­downs to lead the Bull­dogs (3-0).

Fitzger­ald ran for 107 yards and four touch­downs, the sec­ond time he has had four rush­ing touch­downs in a col­lege game. He was 14-of-21 pass­ing for 243 yards and two touch­downs.

Aeris Williams added 101 yards and a touch­down on the ground for Mis­sis­sippi State, which to­taled 607 yards of of­fense, in­clud­ing 331 on the ground.

The Ra­gin’ Ca­juns (1-1) got on the board first with a 38-yard field goal from Kyle Pfau early in the first quar­ter, but it was all Mis­sis­sippi State the rest of the first half as the Bull­dogs scored on all five of their first-half pos­ses­sions.

Florida 48, Colorado State 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fred­die Swain scored twice, in­clud­ing on an 85-yard punt re­turn, as the Ga­tors won what some dubbed the “Buy­out Bowl.”

Florida’s Feleipe Franks also threw two touch­down passes, giv­ing him nine in three games and match­ing his to­tal from last sea­son.

The Ga­tors (2-1) were far from per­fect of­fen­sively, though, fin­ish­ing with 341 yards — or more than 200 fewer than the Rams (1-3) had been giv­ing up this sea­son.

Spe­cial teams were a dif­fer­ent story: Tyrie Cleve­land re­cov­ered a blocked punt for a score, and Swain de­liv­ered the fourth-long­est punt re­turn for a touch­down in school his­tory. That was enough to put away the Rams in a game that served as a re­minder of ex-coach Jim McEl­wain’s suc­cess at Colorado State and his fail­ure at Florida.

The Ga­tors will pay the Rams a whop­ping $2 mil­lion for the game, part of McEl­wain’s $7 mil­lion buy­out to leave Fort Collins for Gainesville late in the 2014 sea­son. McEl­wain didn’t last long enough at Florida to be around for the game against his former team. He is now the re­ceivers coach at Michi­gan, and Dan Mullen took over the Ga­tors prior to this sea­son.

Ken­tucky 48, Mur­ray State 10

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. — Terry Wil­son passed for 163 yards and rushed for 80 more to lead the Wild­cats, who didn’t over­look their Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion vis­i­tors in a break from SEC play.

Com­ing off a 27-16 vic­tory over Florida that ended a 31-game los­ing streak to the Ga­tors, the Wild­cats (3-0) showed no signs of a let­down and over­whelmed the Rac­ers (0-3) from start to fin­ish.

The Wild­cats have of­ten strug­gled against FCS op­po­nents and needed over­time to fend off Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence mem­ber East­ern Ken­tucky in a 34-27 win in 2015. The task was much eas­ier this time for Ken­tucky, which outscored the Rac­ers 31-7 in the fi­nal two quar­ters.

Paced by Wil­son, the Wild­cats used a bal­anced of­fense to pile up 528 yards, in­clud­ing 285 on the ground. Wil­son tar­geted nine re­ceivers, and Lynn Bow­den had eight catches for 89 yards.

Ken­tucky’s Benny Snell had 75 yards and a touch­down on 15 car­ries and com­pleted a shovel pass to Wil­son, who then handed the ball off to Zy’Aire Hughes for a 49-yard score to end the third quar­ter. Snell’s block down­field cre­ated a wide-open path to the end zone.

North Texas 44, Arkansas 17

FAYET­TEVILLE, Ark. — Mason Fine passed for 281 yards and a touch­down to lead North Texas to its first win against an SEC op­po­nent in more than 40 years.

Fine was 24-of-45 pass­ing and also rushed for a score for the Mean Green, which won for the first time in 10 games against the Ra­zor­backs and is 3-0 to start the sea­son for the first time since 1989.

North Texas im­proved to 5-37 in its his­tory against the SEC with the win, with two of those vic­to­ries com­ing via for­feits af­ter losses to Mis­sis­sippi State in 1976 and 1977. The Mean Green’s pre­vi­ous on-the­field win over an SEC team had been a 21-14 vic­tory at Ten­nessee in 1975.

The Ra­zor­backs (1-2) have lost two straight games to teams out­side the Power Five con­fer­ences.

Cole Kel­ley started at quar­ter­back but was re­placed by fresh­man Con­nor Noland in the third quar­ter af­ter throw­ing his fourth in­ter­cep­tion of the game.

AP PHOTO/JOHN RAOUX

Colorado State de­fend­ers trail Florida run­ning back Dameon Pierce dur­ing a 68-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond half of Satur­day’s game in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won 48-10.

AP PHOTO/ROGELIO V. SOLIS

Alabama run­ning back Na­jee Har­ris leaps over Ole Miss de­fen­sive back Jalen Julius for a 10-yard touch­down dur­ing the first half of their SEC opener Satur­day in Ox­ford, Miss. The host Rebels scored on the game’s first snap, but Alabama cruised from there to win 62-7.

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