STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide had a long week. Seven days filled with doubt, disgust and uncharacteristic angst.

But a week after Alabama lost at Texas A&M, Bryce Young threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns and the No. 5 Crimson Tide rebounded to to rout Mississippi State 49-9 on Saturday night.

Alabama (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) had 543 yards of total offense and the Crimson Tide had seven sacks. Alabama converted 12 of 16 third-down opportunities.

“I was really, really proud of the way our players competed,” Saban said. “We played a 60-minute game, and sort of dominated in the game. That’s the way we like to play, and it’s the way you want to play on the road.”

Mississippi State (3-3, 1-2) had 24 first downs but managed only 299 total yards and had three turnovers. Mike Leach’s team finished with minus-1 yards rushing.

“My problem is we didn’t play as well as we can, and that comes back to us as coaches,” Leach said. “As players too. As coaches we have to find a way to reach them, but players have to be tough enough to be reached.”


After the game, Saban was candid about the soul-searching last week’s loss at Texas A&M forced his team to grapple with.

“Ever get humbled?” Saban said. “I think humility is a great thing for all of us to have. I think sometimes when you have success, it’s human nature to think you don’t have to continue to do things the right way, create the right habits. You get sloppy, and then the redemption is not good, which we learned last week.”


Alabama: Despite what Saban claims, the Tide are indeed still an elite college football team. They bludgeoned the Bulldogs into submission early and cruised to an easy win in a hostile environment against an inferior SEC Western Division foe. That’s what elite teams do.

Mississippi State: Even with an off week to prepare, the Bulldogs remain years away from being able to seriously threaten the Crimson Tide dynasty. The home crowd’s clanging cowbells sat silent for most of the second half.


Mississippi State: At Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Alabama: Host Tennessee on Saturday.