By: David Brandt, AP Sports activities Author
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jalen Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard landing cross with 25 seconds remaining to raise No. 1 Alabama over No. 18 Mississippi State 31-24 on Saturday night time.
Alabama (10-zero, 7-zero SEC, CFP No. 2) gained its tenth straight recreation towards Mississippi State, however this one was rather more troublesome than a lot of the others.
Mississippi State (7-three, three-three, CFP No. sixteen) pushed forward 24-17 early within the fourth quarter on Jace Christmann’s 25-yard area aim, however Alabama responded to tie it at 24 when Damien Harris ran for a 14-yard rating with 9:forty nine left. Alabama had an opportunity to take the lead with about two minutes left, however a forty-yard subject objective try by Andy Pappanastos banged off the left upright and fell harmlessly to the turf.
Mississippi State went three-and-out on the following drive and Alabama took over with 1:09 remaining. That was greater than sufficient time for the Tide, who drove six performs and sixty eight yards in forty four seconds for the sport-profitable rating.
The sport was tight all through with neither staff main by greater than a landing.
Alabama’s protection has been dominant for a lot of the season, however a number of accidents at linebacker all through the season lastly appeared to take a toll. Mississippi State’s energy operating recreation gained 172 yards, however in the long run Alabama was capable of sluggish the Bulldogs down.
Mississippi State pushed forward 7-zero within the first quarter on an eleven-yard landing run by Aeris Williams. It was the primary landing the Bulldogs had scored towards Alabama since 2014 and the primary time they’d taken the lead towards the Tide since 2008.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide discovered a option to survive arguably their hardest check of the season. Hurts accomplished 10 of 19 passes for 242 yards and a landing. Calvin Ridley caught 5 passes for 171 yards.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs did nearly every little thing proper apart from win the sport. Nick Fitzgerald accomplished thirteen of 24 passes for 158 yards and ran for sixty six yards and a landing. Williams ran for ninety seven yards and two touchdowns.
Alabama hosts Mercer subsequent Saturday.
Mississippi State performs at Arkansas subsequent Saturday.