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maXimus
11-16-2008, 12:45 AM
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Javier Arenas ran back a punt 80 yards for one touchdown and set up a score with another long return, helping No. 1 Alabama roll to a 32-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) didn't need a dominant offensive performance to turn back a team that had given 'Bama fits the past two years.

Kareem Jackson blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety and Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals to help keep Alabama on track for a perfect regular season leading up to a showdown with No. 3 Florida in the SEC championship game.

Mississippi State (3-7, 1-5) had won the past two meetings with coach Sylvester Croom's alma matter. The Bulldogs, who were knocked out of contention for a second straight bowl trip, had also been the team to end Alabama's last regular-season reign over the rankings back in 1980 when Croom was a Tide assistant.

Arenas effectively wiped out any fears of a repeat 28 years later. He darted through a gaping hole and raced down the sidelines for his fifth career punt-return touchdown early in the second half to break David Palmer's school mark.

Arenas gained 153 yards on six returns and helped spark a 27-point surge over the final 35 minutes.

Full story at USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/sec/2008-11-15-alabama-missstate_N.htm)

chuckturner
11-16-2008, 06:08 AM
Congrats maX next is the biggest game of the year;)

maXimus
11-16-2008, 02:57 PM
I'll be on the edge of my seat! :thumbup: