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Bulldog Brunch: Alabama

 

 

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Tweet length review of the game 

 

I catch myself having to check the final book over and over again to verify the 24-0 final score, because I didn't see two teams that are 24 points apart from one another. 

 

 

 

Stellar stats 

 

- That was the first time Mississippi State has been shutout since the 2008 Egg Bowl. 

 

- MSU held Alabama to 305 yards of offense. Alabama had at least 500 in every game before it and twice hit 600. Its season low before this was 519 yards in the season opener against Louisville. 

 

- MSU's 1-for-13 on 3rd down is the worst its been since going 1-for-14 against LSU in 2016. 

 

- MSU had one drive last more than 3 minutes; Alabama's first three possessions hit that mark, and its final possession lasted 6 minutes, 18 seconds. 

 

 

 

Obscure facts 

 

- Alabama had allowed six sacks all season before Saturday night; MSU sacked Tua Tagovailoa four times. 

 

- Alabama had more carries (45) than MSU had rushing yards (44). 

 

- On tackles for a loss and sacks, MSU lost 56 yards rushing and ended the game with 44. 

 

 

 

What about this game will be remembered in January? 

 

Fair or not, officiating. I will probably remember the general feeling of this team being competitive with Alabama, but fans will remember officiating. I recognize that. 

 

 

 

Quoting Joe Moorhead 

 

- "Special teams weren't very special. We have to find a way to be better there. I thought our punting improved at times, but you can't drop a punt. There are things in those phases where you're playing an opponent like this and the margin for error is small, they're not going to allow you to win a game like this at their place." 

 

- On the first Alabama fumble that was called down: "I considered challenging it, but the information I got from my guys in the booth, who saw it and had a great view of it, said the guy was down and it wasn't going to be overturned. I used the guys in the booth to get that information, they said the guy was down." 

 

- "I'm going to have to go back and look at the film, but I think from a throwing perspective (Fitzgerald) stood in there against a really good defense and delivered some good balls. I know there were some progressions and reads where it didn't necessarily go to the right guy. When you get shut out, it's hard to say he made a ton of progress, but against this defense and what we're looking for him to do passing the ball, it's hopefully a continuation and progression of what he's done the past two weeks." 

 

 

 

Quoting the Bulldogs 

 

- Nick Fitzgerald: "I think I played OK, obviously not well enough. As a team, as an offense, we didn't play well enough. We didn't capitalize on turnovers, we didn't capitalize on field position. We took too many steps backward." 

 

- Gerri Green on settling down after the first two possessions: "It was us fixing those mistakes that we were making in the run game. Guys misfitting the run, probably, from not setting the edge to missing gaps." 

 

- Willie Gay on the message at halftime: "Don't look at the scoreboard, just keep playing and do what we do." 

 

 

 

Quoting Alabama 

 

- Nick Saban: "It was really important because we got a lot of pressure, and we got a lot of pressure when we weren't pressuring. We were rushing with four guys and we could sit back and play coverage, which has been a real key for us. It was the same story last week. When we did pressure, I thought we did a good job of that." 

 

- Linebacker Dylan Moses on consecutive shutouts: "It's very special. There's still room for improvement. We've got to get better as a defense and keep moving on throughout the season. It's a great feeling. It means we got the job done." 

 

 

 

Game Leaders 

 

Top 3 rushers: Josh Jacobs (ALA) 20-97 TD, Damien Harris (ALA) 14-53 TD, Kylin Hill 7-47. 

 

Top 3 receivers: Irv Smith Jr. (ALA) 5-70, Jerry Jeudy (ALA) 6-45, Jaylen Waddle (ALA) 3-26, Deddrick Thomas 2-25. 

 

Top 3 defenders: Willie Gay had nine tackles, two sacks and an interception and Jeffery Simmons had six tackles, two of them for a loss. Alabama's Quinnen Williams also had six tackles, two of them for a loss, one of them a sack. 

 

 

 

Next Up 

 

An 11 a.m. home game against Arkansas. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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