Tuscaloosa, AL – In a shocking change to current trends in college football, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs tonight in a hard-fought victory it knowingly will not have to vacate or forfeit at a later time.
Led by Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, whose father didn’t shop him in the recruiting process, the Crimson Tide took to the air early and often in an impressive 30-10 win. The Bulldogs, yielding just 17 points per game, entered the contest on a six-game winning streak.
The game was defined by explosive offensive plays and stiff defense by the Tide.
Nursing a 6-3 lead in the 2nd, McElroy, who is 100% eligible, hit Marquis Maze on a routine screen that the Tarrant City native took to the house on a thrilling 45-yard touchdown run. Then on Bama’s next possession, McElory threw a similar pass to Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner who won the award without any history of academic fraud, questions about integrity or swirling rumors about a pay-for-play scandal. The perfectly eligible Ingram took the screen pass 78 yards for the touchdown, breaking the game open and ending any doubt from that point.
Bama’s Julio Jones tacked on the final touchdown of the night on a 56-yard scamper. The receiver, who reportedly never told anyone he was coming to Alabama “Because the money was too much” took a rare hand-off out of the backfield, splitting defenders and never looking back.
Defensively Bama was led by a host of Tiders, including Marcel Dareus. Strangely, Dareus didn’t start the first two games of the season when questions about his eligibility arose, but instead served a two game suspension.
After the game Tide players did not jump into the stands into the arms of their worshiping fans in celebration of a home win against a .500 team.
The NCAA or FBI reportedly are not in Tuscaloosa to meet with any of the Tide players regarding their alleged illegal recruitment, and multiple independent sources are not making public statements fingering any of them for suiting up for the Crimson Tide for cash.
With the unquestionably legitimate win, Alabama improved to 8-2 on the season, with contests remaining at home against Georgia State and Auburn. With a win over Georgia State and regardless of the outcome against the Tigers, the Tide is assured of its third 10+ win season in the last four years under Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Alabama has yielded just two touchdowns at home this season, both through the air. The Tide defense averages giving up just 6.4 points a game at Bryant-Denny, where it averages 31.2 on offense. Alabama has now won 19-straight games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, where crowd noise is never piped in and the team doesn’t take the field amid spraying fire extinguishers.
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