MONTGOMERY — The trophy is coming back to Mississippi.
Behind a stellar second half rushing attack Mississippi was able to get past Alabama 24-20 in the 32nd annual MS/AL All-Star Game at the Cramton Bowl on Monday night.
It is Mississippi’s second straight win in the series and third time in the last four years. Alabame leads the all-time series 22-10.
Jarod Conner of Hattiesburg led the rushing for Mississippi rushing 18 times for 112 yards with two touchdowns. He was named the Most Valuable Player for Mississippi.
“Just really proud of our young men and everyone that was apart of this victory tonight,” said Mississippi head coach Henry Johnson of Clarksdale. “This is big for Mississippi and I’m happy we can bring this winback.”
The difference in the game was the Mississippi ability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
Mississippi was able to have 257 yards rushing on offense and defensively held Alabama to just 57 yards rushing.
Down 7-0 late in the second quarter Starkville’s Jalil Clemons would recover a fumble at the Alabama 45-yard line and Mississippi wouldcapitalize on a 2-yard touchdown run by Conner with 1:19 left to tie the game at 7.
Mississippi would get the ball to start the third quarter and would march right down the field capped off by Conner’s second touchdown run ofthe night from 6 yards out to take a 14-7 lead with 9:44 left.
The score would remain the same until Tupelo running back Jaquerrious Williams would score from 13 yards with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter to extend the Mississippi lead to 21-7.
Alabama would answer and cut the lead to 21-14 on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 7:14 left in the game.
After Mississippi missed a 30-yard field Alabama would get the ball back and would turn the ball over on downs at their own 27-yard line with 1:38 left.
Mississippi would then tack on a 43-yard field goal by Clinton’s Tucker Barefoot to seal the win for Mississippi at 24-14 with 35 seconds left.
Alabama would score on a 32-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game to end game at 24-20.
Next year the MS/AL All-Star Game will be played at Southern Miss’ M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.