TUSCALOOSA, AL (WAFF) - It didn't look good early on.
Down 24-3 in the first half, top-ranked Alabama needed a game-changing play.
The Tide got one courtesy of Eddie Jackson's 85-yard punt return in the second quarter, followed by a fumble recovery by Daron Payne that tied the game in the third quarter at 24.
Alabama didn't look back and beat Ole Miss for the first time in two years 48-43.
Alabama rallied from 21 points down tying the largest in school history. The last 21 point turnaround, in 1989, against Ole Miss.
There's a lot of different ways that you can quit," Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said after the game Saturday. "And I told the players: If you can overcome the burden, If you really love, that's how you overcome the burdens. People who quit can't overcome the burdens. I never dreamed it would be like it was, but it turned out to be a very timely message, and the players really responded to it."
True freshman Jalen Hurts became the first quarterback coached by Nick Saban to rush for 100 yards, while Damien Harris added 144 yards on the ground and a score.
The Crimson Tide remains undefeated and will return to Bryant-Denny Stadium to host Kent State Saturday.
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