Senior running back Damien Harris moved into eighth place on Alabama’s all-time rushing list on the first drive of the game, passing Johnny Musso (1969-71). Harris finished the game with 2,789 career rushing yards to Musso’s 2,741. Next up on the all-time list is Trent Richardson, with 3,130 career yards.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw his 28th touchdown pass of the season and his 39th career touchdown on a pass when he connected with Josh Jacobs in the second period. He’s now tied with Blake Sims (2014) and AJ McCarron (2013) for the second-most touchdowns in a season in school history. He’s also tied with Greg McElroy for the fifth-most touchdown passes in a career. Tagovailoa finished the game with 2,525 passing yards on the season, 10th-most in a year in Alabama history.
Alabama’s senior class is now 51-3, tied for the second in wins by a class in school history with the 2016 class (61-6). The 2017 senior class was 53-5, holding the school record.
Game captains were senior center Ross Pierschbacher, senior running back Damien Harris and sophomore defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. … Honorary captains were Bill “Brother” Oliver and Jimmy Sharpe. Oliver was a defensive back on the 1961 championship team and also played baseball before going on to a hall-of-fame career as a coach. Sharpe was a co-captain in 1962 and a guard on the 1961 team. He eventually became head coach at Virginia Tech. … Alabama won the toss and elected to receive. Alabama is 5-5 on coin tosses this season. The Crimson Tide has elected to receive on four of the occasions on which it won the toss. … Attendance was announced as 101,821, a sellout. … Alabama’s win streak against Mississippi State is now at 11 games. The last time the Crimson Tide lost to MSU was in 2007. Alabama’s all-time record against Mississippi State is 83-17-3. Alabama has played more games against Mississippi State than any other school. … Alabama is now 31-8 against AP Top 25 schools since the start of the 2008 season. … Alabama greats Joe Namath and Shaun Alexander were in attendance.