Alabama has struggled to get going, especially offensively, early in games for what’s felt like all season.
The Crimson Tide offense mustered just six points through two quarters against Ole Miss, but following the break Alabama had a sequence of three plays that turned the tide of the game in its favor.
Following the game head coach Nick Saban agreed that Jalen Milroe’s touchdown pass, Ty Simpson’s two-point conversion run and Jam Miller’s massive hit on kickoff changed the game.
“Yeah, I think the momentum of the game in the course of the plays that you described right there really shifted for us,” Saban said. “The energy went up, and I think that was demonstrated by how we continued to play the rest of the game. I’m always happy to see guys make those kinds of plays.”
Milroe threw a 33-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jalen Hale at the midway point of the third quarter while taking a massive shot on the throw. The redshirt sophomore would stay down on the field for a moment, later saying he got the wind knocked out of him, to then pop up on the field and celebrate with the crowd who reciprocated his energy.
Simpson would then enter the game for the two-point conversion as the staff checked on Milroe. With no one open, Simpson took off up the middle and fought through a facemask to get into the endzone extending Alabama’s lead to 10.
Then on kickoff, Miller rushed down the field to deliver a big hit on Ulysses Bentley but following a review would be disqualified from the game for targeting. But at that point the momentum had already shifted and Alabama carried it out the rest of the way securing a 24-10 victory.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77