TUSCALOOSA, AL (AP) - Greg McElroy passed for 227 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to Mark Ingram, and No. 11 Alabama rolled to a 30-10 win over No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) showed it can still dominate even the improved version of the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) after its title hopes evaporated.
The Tide used big plays to punch up the offense after the Bulldogs kept Ingram and the short-handed running game from producing much. Instead, Alabama had scores of 45, 78 and 56 yards on three consecutive offensive plays starting in the second quarter to run away with it.
It didn't matter that the game kicked off around the time rival Auburn was clinching the SEC West championship with a win over Georgia, ending Alabama's two-year run on top.