November 14, 2015 marked the 100th game played between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. People have recently started referring to this game as the "hangover game" because it has came immediately after a huge game between LSU and Alabama. Alabama has yet to score a first quarter touchdown in the last 15 years during the "hangover game".
The Tide started out extremely slow on offense, unable to even get to the redzone in the first quarter. The defense, however, held up extremely well throughout the entire game, sacking Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott nine times. Jonathan Allen led the Tide today with three sacks while three other players had two sacks a piece. The defense also had a goal line stand in the first quarter that kept the Bulldogs from scoring any points, keeping the Bulldogs from getting any momentum.
Dak Prescott had up and downs during this game. He made a lot of big plays but was unable to ever get the ball into the endzone. In the fourth quarter he threw only his second interception of the season, essentially ending any chance of a comeback for the Bulldogs.
Derrick Henry ran for two touchdowns and 204 yards on 22 carries. After the 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter, Henry extended his streak to 15 games)with at least one touchdown. This passes former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow for longest streak in the SEC in the last 20 years. This was another great game to add to his Heisman campaign.
The turning point of the game was when Cyrus Jones returned a punt 69-yards for a touchdown. Before that Bama's offense looked lifeless and that effort by Jones lit a fire in the whole Bama team.
There were two big injuries today during this game. The first was to Kenyan Drake. Drake made a tackle on kick return coverage in the second quarter and injured his arm in the process. After the half, head coach Nick Saban said that Drake probably suffered a broken arm but they wouldn't know for sure until x-rays were done. The second injury involved Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson. Wilson was injured while making a tackle after Marlon Humphry intercepted Dak Prescott. He was able to walk over to the sidelines before being carted off of the field. No report has been made on what the injury is exactly.
Jake Coker ended today's game with one touchdown and one interception on 144 yards.
This win was also Nick Saban's 100th win since becoming Alabama's head coach.
Alabama will head back home to Bryant-Denny Stadium for a game against Charleston Southern. Charleston Southern is 9-1 this season and is in first place in the Big South. The game will be at 4:00 PM EST on the SEC Network.
Mississippi State will face Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Arkansas is 5-4* on the season with wins against Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Auburn. Depite their record, Arkansas has been a tough team this season and could give Mississippi State some problems. The game is at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN.
*pending outcome of the LSU game