The protection saved giving Alabama again the ball, and the offense repeatedly delivered it into Brian Robinson Jr.’s palms.

It was a easy however oh so efficient components.

Robinson rushed for profession highs of 171 yards and 4 touchdowns, and No. 1 Alabama principally throttled the nation’s prime offense in a 42-21 victory Saturday over No. 12 Mississippi.

Bryce Young handed for a few touchdowns for the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) however the ‘Bama protection and floor recreation stole a few of the thunder from a matchup of the two leading Heisman Trophy contenders coming into the sport.

“It was a great opportunity for us today to show how physical we can play for 60 minutes,” mentioned Robinson, a fifth-year senior who carried 36 instances in his first 100-yard recreation.

Alabama turned to Robinson to play stay away from Matt Corral and the offense of the Rebels (3-1, 0-1), who had breezed by three nonconference video games earlier than an open date however had some gambles that backfired.

Nick Saban improved to 24-0 towards his former assistants, however ex-offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin didn’t assist his personal trigger with three failed fourth-down calls within the first half. Saban turned the tables with two touchdowns on fourth-down performs.

“I’m sure I got killed by going for it on fourth down, but that’s analytics,” Kiffin mentioned. “We believe in our players, and it doesn’t work all the time. When it doesn’t work and you follow the book, it doesn’t look good.”

Young accomplished 21 of 27 passes for 241 yards and was intercepted as soon as for Alabama, which led 28-0 at halftime. Oddsmakers had him because the second-leading Heisman candidate coming into the sport, behind solely Corral.

The Rebels star ran for a landing however was principally held in verify by a group he torched final season. Corral additionally handed for a landing, finishing 22 of 32 passes for 213 yards whereas shedding a fumble. Corral prolonged his streak of video games with a TD go to 16 video games with 2:23 left, matching Eli Manning for the second-longest such streak at Ole Miss.

“We got dominated up front,” Kiffin mentioned. “That ain’t hard to see. Matt didn’t have much time. We had negative runs.”

Alabama’s protection, burned by Ole Miss for 48 factors and 647 yards a yr in the past, made the large fourth-down stops and loads of others.

The Tide restricted Ole Miss to 291 whole yards, regardless of giving up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The Rebels got here in main the nation with 635 yards and 53 factors per recreation however could not get that tempo going constantly this time.

“We prepared all week for it,” Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis mentioned. “We knew it was coming and we worked our tails off. I think that really got us ready for the fastball all week long.”

Ole Miss was with out second-leading receiver Jonathan Mingo, who was carrying a boot on his left foot and did not gown out.

“We played the whole game in the same personnel group, so we didn’t get into all this substitution stuff that was a problem for us last year,” Saban mentioned.

Alabama backup tailback Jase McClelland left with a knee harm and Saban mentioned the early indication is “he’s probably going to be out for a while.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Ole Miss: Kiffin lastly had that fourth-down magic fade away, looking for an edge towards an uber-talented opponent. The Rebels had transformed 12 of 14 coming into the sport, however had questionable choices backfire this time.

Alabama: Flexed its muscular tissues within the first of 4 video games towards SEC West groups at present ranked, particularly on protection. But Young confronted a major quantity of strain and compelled one ball towards the top zone for an interception whereas scrambling and the protection had some lapses late.

FOURTH DOWNS 

Ole Miss wasn’t the one group going for it on fourth down. The Rebels transformed 2 of 5 and Alabama 3 of 4.

Saban ready his defensive gamers for Kiffin’s fourth-down makes an attempt, saying, “You’ve got to have the mind-set that you’re going to play two third downs.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Alabama did nothing to decrease its standing because the No. 1 group, however may lose some floor to second-ranked Georgia. The Bulldogs demolished No. 8 Arkansas, 37-0.

UP NEXT Ole Miss hosts Arkansas, with each groups coming off losses.

Alabama visits No. 15 Texas A&M in its third recreation towards a ranked group away from house.