The Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-3), led by quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, with the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0), led…
The Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-3), led by quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, with the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0), led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, in a Week 11 NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 10, 2018 (11/10/18) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 19659002] Here’s the AP recap:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Josh Jacobs ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass and No. 1 Alabama had its second straight shutout in a 24-0 win over No. 18 Mississippi State on Saturday.
With quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still battling a gimpy right knee, the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) turned to defense for another vintage performance.
The offense raced to a fast start but mostly stalled from there against the Bulldogs (6-4, 2-4) and the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense.
Tagovailoa started the fourth quarter on a stationary bike after getting his right knee checked out in the medical tent following a hard hit. He did not return and was not needed, mainly because of a defense that was overshadowed much of the season by an offense that had led the nation in scoring much of the season.
Fresh from a 29-0 victory over No . 9 LSU, the Tide Defense has not allowed a point in nine-plus quarters.
Alabama had five sacks and Mississippi State had four in a rough day for both quarterbacks.
Tagovailoa was a 1
4-of-21 passing for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also lost a fumble on a botched exchange with Damien Harris.
Backup Jalen Hurts missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.
Jacobs ran for 97 yards on 20 carries as Alabama. He was scored on a 1-yard run and a 14-yard catch.
The Bulldogs stuffed Harris on the goal line on a late fourth-down attempt.
Nick Fitzgerald was 11 or 20 for 125 yards for the Mississippi State, which gained 44 just yards on 30 rushes.
Alabama scored touchdowns on its first two drives, consuming more than 10 minutes combined with 156 yards. The Bulldogs mostly held the Tide’s prolific offense in check after that.
Alabama outgained Mississippi State 305-169 in total yards.
The Tide’s third TD was set up by a fumbled point return at Mississippi State’s 27th in the second quarter. .
Mississippi State: Penalties helped cost opportunities to make this game close as Bulldogs could not cash on several promising drives. Kylin Hill had a 38-yard run but the running game could not get much going beyond that.
Alabama: Did not have a play longer than 25 yards on offense. Defense had 10 tackles for losing and Alabama did not commit a penalty.
Alabama matched the school record with its 24th consecutive home victory.
Mississippi State hosts Arkansas in another SEC West matchup.
Alabama hosts The Citadel in what should amount to a break before the Auburn game.
Week 11 college football picks
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Mississippi State vs. Alabama
What: College Football, Week 11
When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: fuboTV, CBS Sports Live
Line: Alabama -24
Series record: Alabama leads 81-18-3 .
WHAT’S TO STAKE?
Alabama has already locked up a spot in the SEC championship game against No. 5 Georgia and wants to keep chasing a perfect season. The Bulldogs are seeking their third straight win and a better bowl landing spot.
Alabama’s offensive line versus Mississippi State’s defensive front. The Crimson Tide has allowed a league-low six sacks behind a line lead by tackling Jonah Williams and Jedrick Wills Jr. and center Ross Pierschbacher. DL’s Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons have helped the Bulldogs rack up 23 sacks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mississippi St: Sweat and Simmons are keys in limiting QB Tua Tagovailoa’s time in the pocket and containing a running game that produced 281 yards in the LSU game.
Alabama: DL Quinnen Williams is coming off a huge game against LSU. He will be a big part of the effort to slow down a Mississippi State running game that ranks second in the SEC, led by QB Nick Fitzgerald.
FACTS & FIGURES
Alabama has won 10 straight against Mississippi State but the Bulldogs kept it close last season, 31-24. The Tide won 51-3 two years ago at Bryant-Denny Stadium. … This is Mississippi State’s fourth consecutive SEC game against a top 20 team and second straight on the road. … Mississippi State has allowed the fewest touchdowns in the FBS (nine) and ranks second in scoring defense (12.3 points per game). That includes two touchdowns in the opponents’ last 51 possessions dating back to the third quarter against Florida. … The Tide has won 23 consecutive games at home and could match the school record set from 1971-74 at Legion Field and Bryant-Denny.
(The AP contributed to this report.)