By Terrance Turner
Sept. 25, 2021
The University of Alabama football team is known for its high-powered offense, but tonight was a new high even for them. The Alabama Crimson Tide steamrolled Southern Mississippi tonight, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter alone. They were just as dominant in the second half, thanks partly to a star-making performance by wide receiver Jameson Williams.
Alabama began scoring immediately. After a 65-yard kickoff by Southern Miss. kicker Bourgeois, wide receiver Jameson Williams caught the ball and took it all the way to the house for a 100-yard return. Alabama went up 7-0, just 14 seconds into the first quarter. Young later passed to Jahleel Billingsley for a 16-yard TD.
Bryce Young passed to wide receiver John Metchie III who went 21 yards, headed for the end zone. Metchie was hit just as he was about to cross the goal line. The ball came out of his hands and landed in the end zone; tight end Cameron Latu picked the ball up. After review, the refs ruled that Metchie had fumbled — and that Latu had scored a touchdown.
The Tide led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles were incapable of stopping (or even slowing down) Alabama’s offense.
30 seconds into the second quarter, running back Roydell Williams rushed in for a 1-yard TD. His first rushing touchdown of the season made it 28-0. But then, with 12:36 to go in the second, Bryce Young heaved the ball across the field. It was caught by Jameson Williams, who ran all the way to the end zone for an 81-yard touchdown reception. The second quarter had barely began, and already Alabama was up 35-0.
Ty Keyes threw to Chase Pittman, who dove across the goal line for a touchdown. But before halftime, the Crimson Tide made it to the red zone one last time. Roydell Williams powered the Tide to 1st and goal. On 3rd and goal, Young scrambled, surveyed, and then passed to Jase McClellan for the touchdown. His 9-yard TD reception capped a 97-yard drive.
The Crimson Tide led 42-7 at halftime. Yet coach Nick Saban was still not pleased with his team’s performance. “We gotta play better in the second half,” he told a reporter.
In the third quarter, Young hit Cameron Latu from 11 yards out for the touchdown.
It took until the fourth quarter for the Golden Eagles to score. Their drive was helped by a pass interference call on Alabama defense. Southern Miss QB Ty Keyes threw a pass that got deflected. The ball was tipped into the hands of Demarcus Smith, who caught it in the end zone for the touchdown. After a 12-play drive, the tam had cashed in.
But just seconds after the Golden Eagles scored, Jameson Williams returned their punt 83 yards. Williams caught the ball and took off, running down the the sideline’s edge for the touchdown. It was his second TD kickoff return of the night.
Young finished his day having completed 90% of its passes and thrown five touchdowns — the first Alabama quarterback ever to do so. Jalen Milroe came in at quarterback. On 2nd and 15, Milroe threw to Javon Baker for a 234-yard touchdown. That made it 63-14. The Golden Eagles were unable to score any points on their subsequent drive and finally just let the clock run out.
Alabama won 63-14 to remain undefeated. They improve to 4-0 for the season. This marks their 100th straight win against an unranked opponent.