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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The Alabama Crimson Tide pulled off their first shutout of the season, taking on a confident and motivated Ole Miss team looking for its first win in nine years against Bama. 

Alabama found the going tough early on and benefited from a few fortunate bounces to come away with the victory before a sell-out crowd on a beautiful Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

The Alabama defense successfully held off the Ole Miss Rebels, who came into the game averaging 38 points and 490 yards.

The Crimson Tide, led by senior linebacker CJ Mosley, posted their first shut out of the season and kept Ole Miss to just 205 yards. Alabama's defense turned away the Rebels on four trips into Crimson Tide territory, forcing one interception and three turn over on downs.

In the opening drive, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made an impressive open field tackle on Jeff Scott to turnover on downs.

Alabama scored three points with a field goal on their first possession. Their drive was stalled by TJ Yeldon's fumble, but Yeldon recovered the ball, resulting in a 28-yard field goal for Bama.

That field goal meant Alabama has scored in160 consecutive games, the longest streak in school history, according to UA's official Twitter account, @AlabamaFTBL.  

In Alabama's second possession, Cody Mandell handled the high punt snap, saving Alabama two points.

With 1:43 left in the first quarter, Alabama's freshman cornerback Eddie Jackson intercepted an attempted halfback pass by Ole Miss' Jeff Scott. It was the first interception of Jackson's career.

The Rebels ended up turning the ball over within Alabama's 35-yard line in their first two possessions of the game.

At the end of the first quarter, Alabama led Ole Miss 3-0. 

In the second quarter, Ole Miss forced a fumble on tight end Brian Vogler and Left Tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, a left tackle, recovered it.

AJ McCarron then completed a pass to Kenyan Drack, who fumbled, and Vogler recovered it again at the Mississippi 37. In Alabama's first four possessions, they fumbled the ball three times but recovered it each time.

With about 5:43 left in the second quarter, Cade Foster made a career-long 53-yard field goal, bringing the score to 6-0.

With 1:50 left in the first half, Amari Cooper caught a first down conversion over the middle. TJ Yeldon made a first down with 1:05 left in the quarter. 

With 25 seconds left in the first half, Alabama got a false start penalty, infuriating head coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide took a timeout to avoid the 10 second clock rundown.

With :02 left on the clock, Foster made a 42-yard field goal attempt, making the score 9-0 at the half.

A clearly frustrated Nick Saban told reporters at halftime his team didn't manage the clock well.

"Everybody's just got to do their job better," he summed up.

Alabama's record when leading at the half is 63-3. With the 9-0 score, Alabama kept its opponent scoreless in the first half for the fifth time in the last eight games, according to UA's Twitter.

In the second play of the second half, TJ Yeldon scored on a 68-yard touchdown run up the middle behind the blocking of backup center Chad Lindsay, bringing the score to 16-0. 

Yeldon's 68-yard touchdown was the longest run of his career to date, and brought him to the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time this season.

A little more than four minutes into the second half, CJ Mosley broke up a Bo Wallace pass attempt on fourth and two. The interception followed a controversial targeting call against freshman Eddie Jackson that cost Alabama a 15 yard penalty.

In the starting play of the fourth quarter, AJ threw a rare interception that hit off of Brian Vogler.

Cody Prewitt made the interception, giving Rebels the ball in Alabama territory. Ultimately, however, the Rebels were unable to score.

Ole Miss made four trips inside Alabama's territory resulting in four turnovers, three on downs and one interception.

With 5:55 left in the fourth quarter, Mandel's punt was downed at the one yard line. Ole Miss' first play after taking possession resulted in a safety giving Alabama an 18-0 lead.

Kenyan Drake made the final score of the game, with a 50-yard touchdown run with 5:33 left in the fourth quarter.

Drake's touchdown brought the score to 25-0, the third time Alabama has won by 25 points in its four games this season.

Alabama's victory over Ole Miss gives them a 4-0 record, making them the only undefeated team in the SEC other than Missouri, who was beating Arkansas State 27-16 in the fourth quarter.

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