Mississippi 22, Alabama 12
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ Shawn Sykes ran for two touchdowns and Joe Mickles scored once as Mississippi overcame a 12-point deficit for a 22-12 Southeastern Conference victory over 12th-ranked Alabama Saturday.
Sykes’ second touchdown, a 12-yard run, came with 50 seconds left and gave Ole Miss its first lead, 15-12. The Rebels recovered Jeff Dunn’s fumble three plays later, and Mickles scored from the 18.
The victory moved Ole Miss to 2-3, 1-2 in the conference, and dropped Alabama to 3-1, 2-1.
Sykes ran up the middle a 53-yard touuchdown, making the score 12-7 in the third quarter after Alabama had scored 12 points early in the period, including a touchdown on a 100-yard run by Pierre Goode on the second-half kickoff.
Ole Miss moved from its 45 to the Alabama 12, mainly on passes by Mark Young, setting up Sykes’ winning touchdown.
Young completed 18 of 39 passes for 169 yards, while the Rebels held Alabama to no completions in 11 tries and came up with three interceptions.
Both teams were inept on offense in the scoreless first half, marked primarily by 13 punts.
Goode took the second-half kickoff at his goal line and ran untouched for the first 100-yard kickoff return for Alabama since Willie Shelby did it against Kentucky in 1973.
Alabama scored five points in the next three minutes. Tommy Cole tackled Young in the end zone for a safety. Murry Hill returned the free kick 51 yards to the Ole Miss 22. The Crimson Tide bogged down at the 3, and Philip Doyle kicked a 21-yard field goal.
Bryan Owen, who had kicked nine straight field goals for the Rebels, missed two against Alabama, from 51 and 49 yards.