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Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza to be dedicated Friday
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Left to right: Patrick Murphy (softball), Sarah Patterson (gymnastics), Jay Seawell (men's golf) and Mic Potter (women's golf).
Left to right: Patrick Murphy (softball), Sarah Patterson (gymnastics), Jay Seawell (men's golf) and Mic Potter (women's golf).

TUSCALOOSA -- The University of Alabama will dedicate the Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza today at 4 p.m.

The plaza honors the Crimson Tide’s national championship winning coaches outside of football.

Gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson, the plaza’s namesake, will deliver the keynote address.

Patterson’s high school coach, Jo Childs, and her college coach at Slippery Rock, Cheryl Levick, will be present at the ceremony. Levick is the athletic director at Georgia State, the football team’s homecoming opponent this weekend.

Coaches Mic Potter (women’s golf), Patrick Murphy (softball) and Jay Seawell (men’s golf) along with UA president Judy Bonner and athletic director Bill Battle will also speak at the event.

Patterson, Potter, Murphy and Seawell all won national titles during a two year period that saw Alabama claim two BCS National Football Championships, two NCAA Gymnastics titles and the Tide’s first NCAA Championships in women’s golf, softball and men’s golf.

The plaza fulfills the vision of former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, who passed away last spring.

“This plaza will be a way of recognizing the success of every sport, both SEC and national championships. It will really add to the setting of the Coleman Coliseum,” Moore said in June 2012 when the plans for the plaza were approved by the UA Board of Trustees.

During that that time in 2012, the trustees voted unanimously to name the plaza after Patterson, who along with her husband and assistant coach David Patterson, have won six NCAA titles during their 35-year career at the University.

Below, each coach shares a tidbit on what the plaza means to them:

Sarah Patterson, gymnastics, 6-time national champion

“I had a lot of dreams when I started coaching, but I never dreamt of anything quite like this. David and I have had an amazing career here at the university. I think to be in coaching and to have stayed in one place for 35 years is quite an accomplishment in itself. This weekend is spectacular for me because I get to share it with the other coaches and because of the championship tradition we have in all sports.”

Mic Potter, women’s golf, 2012 national championship

“That’s why I came here (from Furman). I felt like this was a place to win national championships. We had to have the facilities and the resources and the administrative support that you have at Alabama. To have Patrick Murphy, Sarah Patterson and Jay Seawell on the same floor is inspiring.”

Patrick Murphy, softball, 2012 national championship

“Just to be included with those three is an honor in itself. When you walk down the hallway, Mic is one door to my left, Jay is three doors to my left and Sarah’s about 20 steps to the right. Within the hallway, there’s nine national championships. It’s an unbelievable feeling to walk down there knowing that you have such great coaches on either side of you.”

Jay Seawell, men’s golf, 2013 national championship

“First, I’m honored to get a chance to do this with my friend. We’ve all been here a long time, and we’ve all had the same vision. That’s the love of our players and the love for the University of Alabama. Getting a chance to do this with Pat, Mic and Sarah makes it more special.”

Alabama assistant strength coach placed on administrative leave for providing money to HaHa Clinton-Dix
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TUSCALOOSA — Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been placed on administrative leave after compliance department officials discovered he gave a loan to safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, a source confirmed Thursday.

The Tuscaloosa News reported the story first Thursday afternoon.

The report said Harris was found to have had a connection to a representative of a sports agent, but Clinton-Dix had no contact with any agent representatives.

Clinton-Dix, who was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, received a short-term loan from Harris of less than $500 at some point in the summer in violation of NCAA rules. The report also said Clinton-Dix repaid the loan and provided bank statements to Alabama’s compliance department to prove it.

Employees are not permitted to provide loans of any sort to student-athletes because it is considered to be an impermissible benefit, per NCAA bylaw

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has not commented on Thursday’s report and fielded no questions about it during his weekly radio show Thursday night., citing an anonymous source, reported Clinton-Dix is the only player involved and is expected to be eligible to play “within the month.”

Dr. David Ridpath, an associated professor of sports administration at Ohio University, told Clinton-Dix’s penalty won’t last “a long period of time.”

“It is certainly a serious issue, and Alabama is acting correctly in how they’ve addressed it so far,” Ridpath told “I think the fact that he’s already paid the money back is probably going to be seen as a mitigating circumstance. I’m just not sure the NCAA has a leg to stand on there in terms of penalizing him for a long period of time.”

John Infante, a former compliance official at Loyola Marymount and Colorado State and author of the Bylaw Blog for, told the situation is similar to two recent infractions cases, one with the coach, Harris, and one with the player Clinton-Dix.

“From the coach’s perspective, it sounds like a mini John Blake at (North Carolina),” Infante said.

Blake is a former assistant coach at North Carolina. He was accused of accepting cash from a sports agent and was given a three-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA.

Harris is one of nine assistant strength and conditioning coaches employed by the University of Alabama.

“From Clinton-Dix’s perspective, even if the coach is deemed an agent, it is still not that serious of a violation,” Infante told “Marcell Dareus was in line for a four-game suspension before mitigating circumstances and he was found to have received over $2,000 from an agent.”

In 2010, Dareus was suspended for two games when he received $1,787.17 worth of improper benefits from an agent. Initially, the suspension was four games, but the NCAA reduced it to two because of “mitigating circumstances.” Dareus’ situation was resolved by the NCAA in fewer than two months.

Clinton-Dix, a third-year junior, is considered one of the nation’s best safeties and is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

He ranks second on the team with 24 tackles and also has two pass deflections.

On the field, Saban said sophomores Geno Smith and Landon Collins have worked in Clinton-Dix’s position.

Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix suspended indefinitely, Nick Saban says
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban announced starting safety HaHa Clinton-Dix has been suspended indefinitely for a “violation of team rules and policies.” 

Saban declined to give details about the suspension. 

“Look guys, I’m going to be consistent,” Saban said during his Wednesday news conference. “When guys get suspended, I never ever say what it's for, all right. So, I'm not going there so don't ask me. That’s the way it always happens with every guy. If they do right, they wouldn't be getting suspended. 

“I don't know how long this will be, so don't ask me that either.” 

Clinton-Dix was at Wednesday’s practice, but worked from the back of the line with the safeties. 

“He’s a great player and obviously he will be missed, but I'm confident in the guys we have behind him and the guys in the secondary to make adjustments,” Alabama defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan said. “I think we’ll be all right.” 

Clinton-Dix, a third-year junior, is the team’s second leading tackler with 24 stops and has two pass deflections. He has started all four games after starting 10 as a sophomore, when he led the team with five interceptions. 

Clinton-Dix is considered one of the nation’s best safeties and is projected by some analysts and scouts as a potential first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. 

This is Clinton-Dix's first public form of discipline from Saban. 

Clinton-Dix has received praise from Saban and has been a regular in the interview room and following games. He was featured on one of the four covers for Alabama’s preseason media guide. 

Senior Nick Perry was Clinton-Dix's backup, but he is out for the season after having shoulder surgery. Saban said sophomores Landon Collins and Geno Smith have been working in Clinton-Dix’s position. 

Clinton-Dix is the fourth announced suspension for the Tide dating back to the start of preseason practice. 

In separate incidents, linebacker Trey Depriest and tight end Malcolm Faciane were suspended indefinitely during the preseason for a violation of team rules. DePriest missed a week while Faciane served a 30-day suspension. Both were reinstated before the season opener. 

Safety Geno Smith was suspended for the season opener following an arrest for driving under the influence. 

“Yeah, the disciplinary part of it is getting better every day,” Pagan said. “But the majority of the guys are buying in.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban on the SEC teleconference
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban fulfilled his weekly duty on the Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday morning. 

Among other things, Saban fielded questions on quarterback play in the SEC, how to build a program and his relationship with ESPN radio personality Paul Finebaum. 

Opening statement 

NS: It was a great win for our team against Ole Miss, who we had a lot of respect for. I think they have a really good team. I think we really took a step forward as a team in terms of the way we competed in the game. It wasn’t always pretty, we didn’t always execute exactly like we needed to. But I think those are all things that we can improve on and need to improve on. 

I think the focus for our team is really we need to get better. We respect our opponent this week, but the focus has to be on everybody getting better, on fundamental improvement, ability to do things a certain way and take them to the game that way based on how you practiced on. That’s what we’ve got to continue to improve on. 

On if he detects defensive backs are playing hesitant because of the targeting rule: 

NS: We’ve had two this year so far. One, the guy was kind of playing the ball and it was kind of a bang-bang play. I think it was officiated correctly but the guy was aggressive on the play. I think last week, the guy actually had a chance to pull off and should have and didn't. I didn't see that as a lack of being aggressive. I think there is an awareness in the room, when we're watching film or whatever with the players that if they see someone do that, they're all going, 'Oooh, that's targeting.'

I think that everybody's created and are playing with an awareness of what's a foul and what the consequences of a foul are. I don't see them being less aggressive, I just see them being more aware of, 'Hey, I've got to see what I hit. I can't hit guys in the head. I can't launch at unprotected players, and I think that's probably a good thing.' 

On why there has been so many high scoring games in the SEC:  

NS: I think there's some really good quarterbacks in our league this year, and I think that there's some really good offensive teams. I think these things sometimes go in cycles, but when you look at the stats of people in the league, everybody in the league's at almost got 400 yards a game or 500 yards a game of offense. I think the fact that a lot more people are going no-huddle and playing fast, probably playing more plays, probably enhances opportunities to gain yards, make big plays, score more points. 

I'm not saying that in a negative way. I'm saying that in a positive way. The combination, I think, of really good offensive teams, really good quarterbacks, and guys actually getting more plays in a game probably have something to do with it.

On if he’s ever seen this many good quarterbacks in the SEC: 

NS: We’ve certainly had our share of good quarterbacks in this league, there's no question about that. But to have five or six like we do now, maybe even more than that, I don't remember having more than that. 

On Georgia State and how hard it is to establish or change a culture in a program:

NS: I think the first thing is you've got to develop the basic fundamentals of your program, whether it's everybody buying into the principles and values of the organization, however you define them, relative to the expectations that you have for personal, athletic and academic development of players. I think that's really important. You have to define the goals that you have in the program, and everybody's got to be very positive toward doing what they can do to accomplish those goals. 

They need to be realistic, but far-sighted enough that there's enough foresight to see development in a positive way. 

I think a lot of people have to be responsible for making it happen in terms of what they do, how they impact, how they lead, how they affect other people. I think it takes a lot of hard work. 

I know that there's been a lot of progress made in this program since the last time we played them in terms of the quality of players they have, how well they're executing. I know it's not sort of equated itself in wins yet this year, but they do some really good things as a team. 

On Alabama’s strength and conditioning program:  

NS: We’re kind of old-fashioned in that regard. We still have a pretty vigorous offseason program in what we call the Fourth Quarter program, the conditioning program that we use. The work ethic that we try to establish. The discipline that we try to establish. 

I think we have a great strength and conditioning program. Scott Cochran does a fantastic job in the weight room itself in terms of establishing a work ethic where players really have a chance to physically develop and improve themselves.

I think we've had a lot of players here who have made a lot of progress physically in their career here. I think those examples sort of enhance other players to say, 'Hey if I really work hard here, I really have a chance to develop physically and that can change the way I play.' All those things, I think, have been critical in helping us be successful. 

On how playing in Atlanta, and against Georgia State helps recruiting in Georgia:   

NS: I think that all the neutral-site games that we've played -- whether it be Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville -- in the time that I've been here all give the program national exposure as well as local exposure in those particular areas. I think it's a positive and I think it's been very, very helpful for us. 

We've played a lot of games in the Georgia Dome and hopefully get to play a few more. 

On Paul Finebaum and how he thinks Finebaum will do on the SEC Network:

NS: I can't speak for Paul on whether it's a good move for him.

He's been a good friend for a long time. I think he's a guy that is one of the most acutely aware guys in college football -- I can speak for that -- in terms of what's happening in college football and the issues in college football. Maybe sometimes a pretty good opinion of how they should be managed. I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for Paul and actually used him at times from a public relations standpoint to try to figure out and brainstorm the best way to manage and handle certain situations.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, and I think he'll do a fantastic job for the network. If he's happy with the opportunity that he has, we're certainly happy for him. 

On the root of his relationship with Finebaum:

NS: That goes all the way back to LSU, I think. I got to know him then. The guy's always treated me with respect and I've always tried to treat him with a lot of respect. I don't listen to a lot of the negative things that people maybe call in and say on a radio talk show, so I'm not really offended or upset by that. I think it's really hard to please everybody. I don't really feel that some of the comments that were made, positively or negatively, were necessarily reflective of Paul Finebaum and his professionalism. I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for that. It goes back all the way to LSU days and I've just always had a lot of respect for him. He has created a lot of interest in the state of Alabama in Alabama and Auburn football and SEC football and college football in general. I sort of respect that. 

Alabama news in Wednesday's Anniston Star
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TUSCALOOSA -- I caught up with new Alabama center Chad Lindsay's high school coach to get his take on Lindsay as a player. 

Mark Schmid coached Lindsay at The Woodlands (Texas) High and saw him mature from an overgrown middle schooler to one of the top interior offensive line prospects in the nation. 

“A lot of times kids come in your program and they fancy themselves as a receiver, running back or quarterback,” Schmid said. “Chad knew from the moment he stepped on the field as a seventh-grader that he was an offensive lineman and he loved every minute of being an offensive lineman.” 

Read Schmid's comments and more as Lindsay is set to make his first career start for the Crimson Tide.


With Chad Lindsay replacing the injured Ryan Kelly at center, Kellen Williams will be the back up center

Linebacker Dillion Lee has emerged as a special teams standout and is becoming a versatile linebacker for the Tide. 

Alabama practice report: Tide returns to practice after light Monday
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TUSCALOOSA -- After having a light day on Monday, Alabama returned to the practice field in full pads on Tuesday. 

Here are some takeaways:

-- True freshmen quarterbacks Parker McLeod and Cooper Bateman are playing the role of Georgia State quarterback Ronnie Bell. 

-- All of the true freshmen running backs continue to work on the scout team. Derrick Henry and Altee Tenpenny are wearing No. 22, which belongs to Panther running back Jonathan Jean-Bart. Alvin Kamara and Tyren Jones are wearing No. 21, which belongs to Panther running back Travis Evans. 

-- Chad Lindsay worked at center with the first offensive line group. He's slated to make his first start on Saturday against Georgia State with starter Ryan Kelly sidelined by a "strained MCL." Kelly was not at practice. The rest of the offensive line remained the same. Kellen Williams worked at center with the second group. 

-- Defensive end LaMichael Fanning appears to be in the coaches' dog house. He hasn't played in the last two games. Now, he's working at the end of the defensive line group during drills. 

-- Some popular scout team defensive numbers: No. 32 (LB Allen McKay), No. 3 (LB Tarris Batiste), No. 29 (S Rashad Stewart) and No. 5 (CB Demarius Matthews). 

Up next: Linebacker C.J. Mosley, center Chad Lindsay and punter Cody Mandell are scheduled to speak with reporters following practice. Tide coach Nick Saban will speak to reporters following Wednesday's practice.  

Tickets available for Alabama home games
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TUSCALOOSA -- Fans hoping to see an Alabama home game are in luck. 

Alabama announced football tickets still remain for the Georgia State game this Saturday, Oct. 5, and the Chattanooga game slated for Nov. 23. 

The tickets are available because of unsold sections by the visiting teams. 

The Georgia State and Chattanooga game tickets cost $55 each. 

Tickets can be purchased at


Alabama coach Nick Saban on Tyler Siskey's role against Ole Miss: 'He wasn't in any different position than he's ever been in any game'
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TUSCALOOSA -- ESPN’s camera captured Alabama associate director for player personnel Tyler Siskey in the coaches’ box at Saturday’s game, and Ole Miss fans are calling foul.

Siskey was seen using binoculars while standing in the Alabama coaches’ area in the press box during the fourth quarter of the Crimson Tide’s 25-0 win over Ole Miss.

Rebels’ fans took to social media and accused Siskey, a former Ole Miss staffer, of helping the Crimson Tide’s defense stifle the Rebels’ offensive attack.

On Monday, Tide coach Nick Saban said Siskey “wasn’t in any different position than he’s ever been in any game” and had no effect on the Tide’s game plan or in-game adjustments Saturday.  Siskey is an Anniston, Ala. native.

Once the cameras spotted Siskey, ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge said Siskey was “very involved” with Alabama’s defensive preparations during the week.

“He didn’t really assist in the game plan,” Saban said during his Monday news conference. “He wasn’t on the headset, didn’t talk to anybody during the game. I don’t know if there’s any rule that says he can’t go in the press box and watch the game. He wasn’t in any different position than he’s ever been in any game.”

If Siskey was coaching during the game, it would be a violation of NCAA bylaw 11.7.2, which states that Football Bowl Subdivision teams are limited to one head coach, nine assistant coaches and four graduate assistants who can coach during a game.

Siskey worked as Ole Miss’ coordinator of recruiting development last season and worked under Hugh Freeze as the wide receivers coach at Arkansas State the previous year.

He was Alabama senior AJ McCarron’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal School.

“I don’t know where he typically is, but certainly I’ll say that Alabama had a wonderful defensive plan for us,” Freeze told reporters during his Monday news conference. “Give them a lot of credit for the work that they put in, in preparing for us, whether it was in the summertime or whether it was just in the week.

“Nick and Kirby (Smart) are two of the best in the business and not that they need a lot of help in preparing a game plan, but I’m sure Siskey helped in some way. Tyler Siskey is a good man, and I hate that it’s been quite the drama.”

Freeze said he has not contacted the SEC offices about an investigation into the situation. Freeze said he was ready to move on and focus on Ole Miss’ upcoming game against Auburn on Saturday.

“I don’t think for one minute that Nick would put himself or his program at risk in doing something. I have confidence,” Freeze said. “I don’t want to get involved in something like that. They beat us. They lined up and beat us. I’m ready to move on to Auburn.”  

Watch Nick Saban's Monday news conference (via 247Sports) 

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley named SEC defensive player of the week
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley was named the SEC defensive player of the week on Monday. 

Mosley lead the Crimson Tide's defense in a 25-0 shutout of Ole Miss on Saturday.

Mosley makes all of the defensive calls and adjustments on the field. Tide coach Nick Saban said Mosley is "just as much a quarterback on defense as AJ (McCarron) is on offense."

Mosley finished the game with nine total tackles, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup on fourth down.  

"I'm just doing my job," Mosley said after the game. "I know everything comes through me. The calls come through me. … If we mess up, things fall on me. At the end of the day, I have to make sure we’re executing our game plan." 


Notes on Mosley and Alabama's defense courtesy of the SEC Digital Network

• Senior All-American and defensive signal caller led Tide to first shutout of season.

• Led team with 9 total tackles, one TFL, one PBU and 2 QB hurries.

• Put the game out of reach when he recorded a safety with 5:43 left in the game to make it 18-0.

• Also deflected a pass on a key 4th down and 2 from the Alabama 7 in the 3rd quarter to keep lead 16-0.

• Held Ole Miss to 4-for-14 on 3rd down, 1-of-4 on 4th down, and 0-for-2 in the red zone.

• Rebels totaled just 205 yards (46 rushing, 159 passing) and 3.6 yards per play.

• Held third opponent this season to 10 points or less (7 times in 2012).

• UA now ranks 2nd in SEC in scoring defense (14.5) and 3rd in total defense (331.0). 

A look back: Alabama's 25-0 victory over Ole Miss
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TUSCALOOSA -- Top-ranked Alabama’s defense came out and set the tone early against Ole Miss. 

The Crimson Tide shutout the Rebels 25-0 on Saturday to improve to 4-0, 2-0 SEC. 

Alabama remained No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches poll following the victory. 

Despite all of the criticism the Tide has received, the team showed it may not have as many problems as people think

It wasn't a complete game, but it was Alabama's best game to date.  

Worth noting:

-- After its opening play went for 38 yards on a pass from Bo Wallace to Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss gained just 167 yards of offense for the rest of the game.

-- Alabama ran the ball 40 times on Saturday after just 21 rushing attempts against Colorado State. The Tide ran the ball 25 times in the second half.

-- Alabama gained 218 of its 254 rushing yards in the second half behind long runs by T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. Yeldon and Drake have emerged as the Tide’s one-two punch in the backfield.

-- Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was 5 of 9 for 45 yards in the second half.

-- Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said he believed the Rebels would be able to score on the Tide’s defense. That was false.

-- Wallace also said Ole Miss has better wide receivers than Texas A&M. Donte Moncrief caught six passes for 60 yards while Laquon Treadwell had four receptions for 51 yards. Treadwell also threw an interception.

-- Ole Miss freshman tight end Evan Engram was expected to be a big threat in the passing game for the Rebels. He had two catches for 14 yards.

-- In his second start, true freshman cornerback Eddie Jackson made his first career interception. If Deion Belue is healthy, Alabama may have found a permanent cornerback duo in Belue and Jackson.

-- Nick Saban said linebacker C.J. Mosley is “just as much of a quarterback on defense as AJ is on offense.” That’s very high praise considering how complex Alabama’s defensive schemes can be. Mosley leads the team with 35 tackles.

-- Mosley called Alabama’s defensive performance, “Pure domination.” The Tide had three fourth down stops, intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and had a safety.

-- Denzel Devall stepped up for Alabama’s pass rush and had two sacks. He stripped Wallace on one of the sacks and Brandon Ivory was able to recover the fumble.

-- Cade Foster showed he’s a big game kicker. Foster made all three of his field goal attempts from 28, 53 (career-long), and 42 yards out.

-- After starting against Colorado State, Jalston Fowler only carried the ball two times for nine yards.

-- Punter Cody Mandell has been one of the best players on the team so far. Mandell punted five times for an average of 46.2 yards and a long of 56 yards. He also saved a bad snap and was able to get off a decent punt.

-- Ole Miss came into the game averaging 490 yards of total offense, with 250 coming on the ground and 240 coming through the air.

-- Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott entered the game averaging 110 yards per game and 9.4 yards per carry. He finished with 28 yards and averaged 3.5 yards per carry.

-- Freshman defensive end A’Shawn Robinson continued to play well. He had three tackles and two quarterback hurries. On the season, Robinson has nine tackles and two sacks.

The game broke open when: After an Ole Miss penalty and a short pass by McCarron to DeAndrew White, Yeldon took the handoff, made a defender miss with a spin move, and ran 68 yards for the touchdown to give Alabama a 16-0 lead.

It was probably over when: Ole Miss started its drive from its own one-yard line. Bo Wallace dropped back and was swarmed by linebacker C.J. Mosley with help from defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and a host of other Tide defenders. Wallace was stopped for a safety to give Alabama a 18-0 lead.

It was really over when: Following the safety, Alabama got the ball at the 50-yard line on a free kick. Not to be outdone by Yeldon’s long run, Kenyan Drake broke to the outside for the 50-yard touchdown scamper to give Alabama a 25-0 lead.

Injury news: Alabama center Ryan Kelly left the game late in second quarter and didn’t return. He went to locker room for knee ligament tests, according to ESPN.

“Ryan Kelly has a stretched MCL,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “He will probably be out for a couple of weeks, maybe even three. I don’t know for sure, but he will be out for a couple of weeks.”

Kelly was replaced by redshirt junior Chad Lindsay, who along with right guard Anthony Steen, paved the way for T.J. Yeldon’s 68-yard touchdown run.

“We have a lot of confidence in Chad,” Saban said. “He did a really good job when he went in there. Made all of the line calls. He played solid and we got good movement.”

Running back T.J. Yeldon spent much of the second half with the trainers for what Saban called a “butt bruise.” Postgame, Yeldon said his butt “is alright.”

Team stats

Total yards: Alabama 434, Ole Miss 205

Passing: Alabama 180, Ole Miss 159

Rushing: Alabama 254, Ole Miss 46

First Downs: Alabama 21, Ole Miss 11

Penalties: Alabama 2, Ole Miss 1

Turnovers: Alabama 0, Ole Miss 2

Time of possession: Alabama 38:29, Ole Miss 21:31

Third-Down Conversion: Alabama 8 of 17, Ole Miss 4 of 14

Individual leaders

Passing: AJ McCarron 25-32-1, 180 yards

Ole Miss - Bo Wallace 17-31-0, 159 yards

Rushing: T.J. Yeldon 17 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD -- Kenyan Drake 12 carries, 99 yards, 1 TD

Ole Miss - Jeff Scott 8 carries, 28 yards

Receiving: Christion Jones 5 catches, 61 yards

Ole Miss - Donte Moncrief 6 catches, 60 yards

Defense: HaHa Clinton-Dix 8 tackles (2 PBU), C.J. Mosley 7 tackles (tackle for loss, PBU), Eddie Jackson 4 tackles (interception, 2 PBU), Denzel Devall 2 sacks

Ole Miss - Serderius Bryant 9 tackles, Tony Conner 7 tackles (tackle for loss, QBH)

D.T. Shackelford 6 tackles (tackle for loss), Cody Prewitt 4 tackles (interception)

Scoring summary

Qtr Time Scoring Play V-H

1st 06:23 UA - Cade Foster 28 yd field goal, 11-61 6:19 0 - 3

2nd 05:44 UA - Cade Foster 53 yd field goal, 9-43 4:45 0 - 6

00:00 UA - Cade Foster 42 yd field goal, 13-56 3:09 0 - 9

3rd 14:08 UA - T.J. Yeldon 68 yd run (Cade Foster kick), 2-75 0:52 0 - 16

4th 05:43 UA - TEAM safety 0 - 18

05:32 UA - Kenyan Drake 50 yd run (Cade Foster kick), 1-50 0:11 0 - 25

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