STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Alabama looked lethargic, uninspired, sloppy and downright ordinary against a middling Southeastern Conference team on Saturday. And the top-ranked Crimson Tide still found a way to win by nearly two touchdowns. T.J. Yeldon rushed for 160 yards and A.J. McCarron threw two touchdown passes as Alabama overcame four turnovers to beat Mississippi State 20-7 on Saturday night. "We typically struggle here and we did again tonight," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "But give Mississippi State credit, they had a good gameplan. They played very physical and we couldnt control the line of scrimmage." It was the lowest scoring game of the season for Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC), which led 10-7 midway through the third quarter before pulling away. Alabama has seemed invincible over the past two months, winning seven straight games by at least three touchdowns. But that aura wasnt anywhere to be found at Davis Wade Stadium, with Sabans bunch looking curiously mortal after last weeks emotional victory over LSU. "We came out sluggish and we were sluggish to the end." Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood said. Mississippi State (4-6, 1-5) kept the game far closer than most anticipated, but couldnt take advantage of Alabamas mistakes. Tyler Russell started for the injured Dak Prescott and completed 15 of 24 passes for 144 yards and an interception before leaving with a 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 States only touchdown, but Alabama survived to set up a much-anticipated Iron Bowl with Auburn. Mississippi State had two chances to get back into the game in the fourth quarter after McCarrons second interception and a fumble by Kenyan Drake gave the Bulldogs field position in Alabama territory. But without Russell, Mississippi States offence went nowhere. Freshman Damian Williams didnt connect on any of his five pass attempts -- though two of them were good passes that were dropped. "If youre going to beat that team, youve got to make plays," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. Mullen said Russell felt his throwing shoulder "pop" after trying to make a tackle following his interception late in the third quarter. He played the next series, but struggled to throw and Mullen made the switch. McCarron completed 18 of 32 passes. His first interception in the second quarter was his first in 139 pass attempts. It was the third 100-plus streak without an interception during his career. Alabama parlayed a methodical 14-play, 59-yard opening drive into Cade Fosters 33-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead. But the next four drives were brutal for the Crimson Tides offence, which managed just two first downs during that span. Mississippi State tried to take advantage with a long drive midway through the second quarter, but it bogged down on the 7 and Evan Sobiesk missed a 24-yard field goal that could have tied the game. A few minutes later, the Tide finally broke through with Yeldons 50-yard run down the sideline to Mississippi States 28. McCarron hit Brian Vogler five plays later for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give Alabama a 10-0 halftime lead. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Vogler made a nifty move at the goal line, catching the pass and sidestepping a Mississippi State defender before diving into the end zone. It was his first career touchdown. It looked like that would be all the breathing room Alabama needed, but the mistakes continued in the second half. Yeldon fumbled after a 10-yard run and Mississippi States Beniquez Brown recovered at Alabamas 48. The Bulldogs then drove downfield and scored thanks to Russells timely passes and a stroke of luck. Russell fumbled just short of a touchdown, but right tackle Charles Siddoway fell on the ball in the end zone to pull Mississippi State within 10-7. McCarrons 11-yard pass to Norwood pushed the Tide ahead 17-7 with 5:46 left in the third quarter. Alabamas defence held an opponent to seven points or less for the sixth time this season. The Tides punter Cody Mandell might have been the team MVP, averaging 55 yards on four punts to constantly put Mississippi State in bad field position. "He did a fantastic job," Saban said. "He had a fabulous night on a windy night. One of those big kicks was into the wind." Miami Dolphins Jerseys
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