Ole Miss fell to the No.2 Alabama Crimson Tide 59-31 on the road at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. The Crimson Tide had a huge second quarter in the win.
Ole Miss (2-3, 1-1 SEC) got off to a fast start in the game behind freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee who got his first career start in a Rebel uniform after Matt Corral could not go in with his bruised ribs.
The Rebels had Alabama trailing for the first time of the season 10-7 after the first quarter.
The Hattiesburg, Miss. native got the Rebels on the board with a quick score on the ground from a yard out. He finished the day with touches for yards on the ground with one score. In the air, he passed for yards, with two scores and an interception.
“(John Rhys) competed with not just his arm but his feet,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke said.
Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) found its rhythm in the second quarter as they scored 31 points in 15-minuets of action. The Crimson Tide’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 418 yards in the game with seven touchdowns (one on the ground).
“The game got away from us in the second quarter,” Luke said. “Give credit to those guys they mixed some coverages and made some plays that got their defense off the field.”
Alabama’s wide receiver D Smith caught 11 passes for 274 yards in the game and five touchdowns.
The land shark defense held Alabama to only 138 yards on the ground; the first time in three games that a team has gained over a hundred yards on Mike MacIntyre’s defense.
In the second half of the game, Ole Miss kept competing in the game and never quit according to Luke.
Freshman Jerrion Ealy carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards. He had one reception for nine yards and a touchdown. His teammate Snoop Conner rushed for 62 yards
A new member of the nasty wide outs (NWO), freshman Johnathan Mingo recored 74 yards on three receptions with one touchdown.
In the Rebels last drive of the game, Grant Tisdale connected with Jadon Jackson for 28-yards and a touchdown.
Ole Miss returns to action next Saturday night as they host the Vanderbilt Commodores for homecoming at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.