No. 21 Ole Miss Dropped By No. 1 Alabama

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For most of the game, No. 21 ranked Ole Miss' defense held their own against No. 1 Alabama, but the offense could not get anything going, as the Crimson Tide won 25-0 here Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

T.J. Yeldon rushed for 121 yards, Kenyan Drake gained 99 and a dominating defense powered No. 1 Alabama.

Yeldon scored on a 68-yard run and Drake added a 50-yard scamper to revive a struggling running game for the Crimson Tide (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), which outgained the Rebels 434-205.

Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1) was seeking its first 4-0 start in 43 years but instead was shut out for the first time since Arkansas did it in November 1998.

AJ McCarron completed 25 of 32 passes for 180 yards with an interception for Alabama, which came in ranked last in the league in rushing. Alabama was held to 36 rushing yards in building a 9-0 halftime lead but gained another 218 on the ground in the second half.

Bo Wallace was 17-of-30 passing for 159 yards for the Rebels.

The Rebels' fast-paced offense came in averaging 38 points and 490 yards, but never got going and managed just 46 yards on 25 rushes. Alabama's C.J. Mosley made a tackle in the end zone in the fourth quarter for a safety, and Drake's 50-yarder came on the next play.

Jeff Scott, who was averaging 110 yards a game and 9.4 per carry, was held to 28 yards on eight attempts.

Seeking more respect nationally, Ole Miss trailed just 9-0 at halftime. Alabama's offense repeatedly stalled but Cade Foster hit field goals of 28, 42 and a career-long 53 yards.

His 42-yarder came on the final play of the half after Ole Miss helped Alabama move downfield over the last 3:09 with a pass interference penalty and two timeouts, hoping to get the ball back.

The Rebels had several gambles fail, converting just 1 of 4 fourth-down tries.

They had a chance to close the gap early in the fourth quarter when Cody Prewitt intercepted McCarron's pass at the Alabama 31. It was Prewitt's third interception of the season, placing him among the national leaders.

The Rebels made it to the 13 and got another shot thanks to a false start before Wallace's fourth-and-5 pass fell incomplete. Coach Hugh Freeze went for it again, but Deion Belue broke up the throw headed toward the goal line.

Ole Miss faces its third straight road game next Saturday at Auburn.  Game time will be announced Sunday with either a 2:30 p.m. CBS or 6 p.m. kick on one of the ESPNs.

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