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Ole Miss vs Alabama Recap: Tagovailoa, DeVonta Smith set records as No. 2 Tide dominate | CBS Sports

Ole Miss vs Alabama Recap: Tagovailoa, DeVonta Smith set records as No. 2 Tide dominate | CBS Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 2 Alabama topped Ole Miss 59-31 on Saturday afternoon in what was a record-setting day at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went 26-of-36 passing for 418 yards, six passing touchdowns, zero interceptions and one rushing touchdown en route to setting the program record for career touchdowns with 86. Tagovailoa also set single game Alabama records with seven total touchdowns and six passing scores. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith set a Tide program record with five touchdowns of his own and 274 receiving yards; he caught 11 of Tagovailoa’s passes.

The defense struggled to slow down Rebels quarterback John Rhys Plumlee early. The freshman, starting in place of injured QB Matt Corral, did his best work on the ground with 109 yards rushing and a touchdown; he also passed for two and threw an interception but was wildly inconsistent through the air. Ole Miss added a touchdown with 5 seconds to play as backup Grant Tisdale entered, making the final score appear far closer than the game was throughout.

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