No. 3 Alabama smothers No. 20 Mississippi 22-3

AP: Mark Ingram rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown and No. 3 Alabama stuffed No. 20 Mississippi on Saturday.

Jevan Snead threw four interceptions for Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2 SEC), tying a career high, and the Crimson Tide (6-0, 4-0) scored after a blocked punt and a fumble recovery on a punt return.

Leigh Tiffin hit five short field goals, passing his father Van Tiffin on the Crimson Tide career list for third place in career scoring.

Snead completed 11 of 34 passes for 140 yards. Twice Alabama defenders ripped the ball away from Ole Miss receivers who were bobbling it.

The Crimson Tide held the Rebels to 19 yards and one first down in the first half on the way to a 16-0 lead and allowed them past the 50 just four times overall.

The Rebels’ offense was in complete disarray in the first half. Snead completed just 2 of 12 passes for 14 yards with two interceptions and Alabama held the run-happy Rebels to 5 yards on the ground.

It would have been far worse had the Rebels defense not come up with big play after big play despite being on the field for 35:30.

The defense was especially good after turnovers. The Rebels forced a field goal with a goal-line stand after Cory Reamer’s blocked punt gave Alabama the ball at the 5. But with the Ole Miss offense holding the ball for just 8:57 in the first half, Alabama used 47 plays for 237 yards to tire out the Rebels.

That helped Mark Ingram score untouched from 36 yards out on fourth and 1 with 55 seconds left in the half to make it 16-0. (read the entire AP report embedded in this post)