COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In its last game against Ole Miss, the University of Alabama rushed for just 125 yards on 34 carries. The Crimson Tide didn’t have a single player rush for over 100 yards for the first time all season.
With a week off leading up to Saturday’s game at Missouri, it was clear that Alabama focused its attention on its rushing attack. The Tide rushed for 362 yards against the Tigers, and both Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon easily surpassed the 100-yard plateau, the first time that’s happened all year.
On the second play from scrimmage, Lacy broke a 73-yard touchdown run to put Alabama on the board first.
“We really wanted to get off to a fast start,” center Barrett Jones said. “I felt like we hadn’t been doing a good job of that, and we did. That really sparked us. I felt like we had all the momentum and a lot of excitement.”
Lacy picked up nearly as many yards on that first run as he had all game against Ole Miss. The junior running back credits his mindset coming in.
“I came in with a positive mindset,” he said. “I don’t try to think a certain way. The running backs, we haven’t had a big run in a long time, and I was able to do it today, but it was just because I was thinking positive.”
Lacy finished with 18 carries for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns.
Not to be outdone, Yeldon had the best game of his young Alabama career. The freshman back also carried the ball 18 times and finished with 144 yards and two touchdowns. He had a tremendous 15-yard touchdown run right before the weather delay.
“T.J. did a great job today,” Lacy said. “He did a great job on the ground, and we basically did what we set out to do.”
Late in the game, fellow freshman Kenyan Drake got his chance and added a 3-yard touchdown.
The only negative taken from the Alabama running backs on Saturday was Lacy’s fumble in the second quarter. It was only his second fumble of the season. During the game, he suffered a bruised hand and had it wrapped up afterwards.