STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ One of the highlights of Jackie Sherrill's 13-year tenure as coach of Mississippi State was a string of four victories in five seasons against Alabama after years of Crimson Tide domination. Those days are over. As Sherrill heads toward retirement, the Crimson Tide is once again dominating Mississippi State. Brodie Croyle threw three touchdown passes in the first half, including two long ones to Zach Fletcher, to lead Alabama to a 38-0 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. The Crimson Tide have won three straight over the Bulldogs. This one looked like the old days, back when Sherrill was one of coach Bear Bryant's boys and the Tide would routinely embarrass the Bulldogs. Alabama was up 14-0 less than four minutes into the game and was never threatened. ``It was a lot of fun,'' Croyle said. ``We really needed that kind of game. We're treating this as a new season and right now we're 1-0.'' The Crimson Tide (4-6, 2-4 SEC) snapped a four-game conference losing streak and moved out of the SEC West basement, leaving the Bulldogs (2-7, 1-4) to reclaim their familiar spot. Mississippi State, which has finished last in the division the past two seasons, lost its third straight since Sherrill announced he will retire at the end of the season. Sending the coach out a winner doesn't appear to be much of a motivator for the Bulldogs. Opponents have outscored Mississippi State 125-30 during the slide. ``I knew we just wanted to keep them down, if they were down,'' said Antwan Odom, who had two of Alabama's five sacks. Sherrill even conceded that his players are having a hard time keeping up the fight. When asked if the Bulldogs had quit on the season, he said, ``Emotionally, that's probably true. We've got some guys fighting, but we can't blow the balloon back up.'' Sherrill, the winningest coach in school history, needs one more victory to ensure a winning record with the Bulldogs. He is 75-72-2 with three games to go. Alabama's first-year coach Mike Shula could only wish every game was this easy. ``We've been on the other side of that this season,'' Shula said. Croyle was 9-of-14 for 183 yards and Shaud Williams, the SEC's leading rusher, ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries The Crimson Tide defense was just as dominant, holding Mississippi State to a season-low 152 yards to notch Alabama's first shutout since a 31-0 victory over LSU Nov. 16, 2002.