TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trent Richardson took a screen pass 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and No. 8 Alabama's defense was back to form in a 23-10 victory over Mississippi Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a loss to South Carolina that ended a 19-game winning streak by smothering Jeremiah Masoli and the league's top scoring offense.
The Rebels (3-3, 1-2) came in averaging 37 points and had scored 97 in its previous two games. Their waning comeback hopes ended with Mark Barron's interception in the final 5 minutes. Marcell Dareus tipped the ball at the line and then DeQuan Menzie batted the ball into the air before Barron caught it.
Greg McElroy completed 17 of 25 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns for the Tide, which has won the last seven meetings and is 32-1-1 against Ole Miss in the state.