Crimson Tide 'D' posts another shutout

A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant Denny Stadium

Alabama went up 14-0 early on a pair of rushing touchdowns and cruised to a 24-0 win over No. 16 Mississippi State, but now the focus turns to the health of Tagovailoa.

The Crimson Tide shut out SEC opponents in back-to-back weeks for the first time in 38 years and shut out back-to-back AP-ranked teams for the first time in school history.

After the game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban told CBS' Jamie Erdahl that Tagovailoa "just got beat up". "We stopped the run pretty well, so I was very pleased with that".

The shutout was not always a certainty.

The Tide defense is coming into its own and flexed its muscles once again on Saturday holding Mississippi State to 169 total yards and duel-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to -23 yards rushing.

The Bulldogs missed a 41-yard field goal, and the deficit was 21-0 entering halftime.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - After Kellen Mond turned the ball over on Texas A&M's first two drives of the second half on Saturday against MS, coach Jimbo Fisher thought about making a quarterback change.

Tagovailoa was 14 of 21 for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

"We wanted to make him uncomfortable, get him out of his zone", linebacker Dylan Moses said. "I really hadn't had a half where I was consistently hitting good punts".

(3) Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13: Brandon Wimbush threw three-first half touchdown passes, Dexter Williams ran for a career-high 202 yards and the Fighting Irish routed the Seminoles in South Bend, Indiana.

"We changed the game plan up a little bit", Gay said. "We certainly gave ourselves an opportunity with how we played". Jones was objectively bad, completing three of six passes for -1 yards.

Vanderbilt's Ke'Shawn Vaughn ran for 182 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, good for 12.1 yards per carry. "He'll fake it a lot". "The main thing was that they were executing on the stretch run and we had to adjust to that. It was mainly just putting pressure on him, making sure he had to make quick reads". Running back Josh Jacobs had a big day as he rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries as he scored a touchdown as well.

No Mississippi State player caught more than two passes, and Fitzgerald finished 11-of-20 through the air.

Brown replaced Cotton as the team's starting left guard before the Tennessee game last month, and he has provided a strong inside presence for Alabama's offense, something it was lacking at times earlier in the season.

Sure, Alabama still has the Iron Bowl with the arch rival Auburn Tigers let on the slate, plus a cupcake game versus the The Citadel before that.

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