Alabama's two red zone interceptions in the second half were crucial in the Tide's win over Mississippi State.
Alabama delivered a major shakeup to the College Football Playoff picture with its 25-20 win against Mississippi State on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know about the Bulldogs’ worst offensive game of the season.
Dak Prescott slowed by the Tide
• Dak Prescott had accounted for an SEC-high 30 touchdowns entering Week 12, including 11 touchdowns in three games against ranked opponents. Against the Tide, who led the country in touchdowns allowed, Prescott was held to fewer than three touchdowns for the second time in his last 11 games.
• Prescott especially struggled throwing the ball downfield on Saturday. He completed 3-of-11 passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions on passes thrown 15 yards or longer downfield. Those are his most incompletions and interceptions on such passes in a game in his career.
• Mississippi State reached the red zone on six of its final seven drives, but Prescott threw as many interceptions in the red zone (two) against Alabama on Saturday as he had in his previous 31 games combined (16 starts). Entering the game, Prescott had 19 touchdowns and two interceptions in his career in the red zone.
Mississippi St. rushing inside tackles
• Josh Robinson was held to 37 rushing yards and a season-low 16 yards after contact (1.3 YAC per rush). Entering the game, Robinson ranked second in the SEC in yards after contact (530) and yards after contact per rush (3.6).
• All season, Mississippi State did its work between the tackles. However, Alabama limited the Bulldogs to 75 yards on 24 runs inside the tackles, including 31 yards after contact. Entering the game, Mississippi State led all Power 5 teams in yards per game, yards per rush and yards after contact on runs between the tackles.