published Saturday, November 16th, 2013

No. 1 Alabama beats Mississippi State 20-7

Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson (34) is team tackled by Alabama linebackers C.J. Mosley (32) and Denzel Devall (30) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Starkville, Miss.
Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson (34) is team tackled by Alabama linebackers C.J. Mosley (32) and Denzel Devall (30) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Starkville, Miss.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — T.J. Yeldon rushed for 160 yards, A.J. McCarron threw two touchdown passes and No. 1 Alabama overcame four turnovers to beat Mississippi State 20-7 on Saturday night.

It was a lethargic performance for Alabama (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference), which led 10-7 midway through the third quarter before pulling away. Alabama has won six straight against the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State (4-6, 1-5) kept the game far closer than most anticipated, but couldn't take advantage of Alabama's mistakes. Tyler Russell started for the injured Dak Prescott and completed 15 of 24 passes for 144 yards and an interception before leaving with an apparent shoulder injury when the Bulldogs were trying to rally in the fourth quarter.

McCarron tossed two rare interceptions and Yeldon had a costly fumble that led to Mississippi State's only touchdown, but Alabama survived to set up a much-anticipated Iron Bowl with Auburn.

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