In a crucial road matchup against the Ole Miss Rebels, the offensive and defensive line of the Alabama Crimson Tide carry the team to a 30-24 win.

At the start of the game though, Alabama looked sloppy on both sides of the ball. Giving Bryce Young minimal time to make magic and getting destroyed by the Rebel's defensive line was the story. The peak of the miserable first half is when Young and the offensive line had a miscommunication and did not convert a fourth and one on the Alabama 36.

"You know the fourth down was an obvious miscommunication on the snap count," said Coach Nick Saban. "The play, the shift, the motion, you know sometimes you just gotta do simple things better like focusing on doing your job, focusing on a snap count, focusing on who you block and focusing on what your eye control is in terms of what you're looking at. You got to do simple things better".

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The other side of the ball was not any better. In one half, Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins had 100 rushing yards and was averaging five yards a carry. Because the defensive line could not stop the run, Lane Kiffin often times went play action which torched the Alabama secondary.

In the second half, everything got better. The offensive line finally gave Bryce Young sometime which led to nice touchdown throw to Jacorey Brooks. The true reason Alabama offense started clicking in the second half was opening up running lanes for Jase McClellan.

The defensive line also became an X-factor in Alabama's victory against Mississippi. During the second half, Judkins gained less than 50 yards rushing. When the running game did not work, Byron Young and the defensive line swarmed Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart for three sacks.

"Byron played great in the game, he's a Mississippi guy so I know he was hyped to play in this game," said Coach Saban. "I thought he played great but I mean he's been playing well for us all year. He's a good leader on the team it means a lot to him and am very glad to see him doing well".

With this win in Oxford, Alabama is on pace to end the season with 10 wins and go to a major bowl game. Next week they return home and take on the Austin Peay Governors at 11 a.m CT.

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