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By Stan J. Griffin: September 17, 2016

The No. 1 Alabama football team was able to break its two-game losing streak to Ole Miss Saturday in Oxford, taking a thrilling 48-43 win over the No. 19 Rebels before a loud, stadium-record crowd of 66,176 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
But this task was not accomplished until the Crimson Tide navigated a treacherous path.
That path included self-inflicted offensive wounds, a prolific performance by Ole Miss senior quarterback Chad Kelly and a late Rebel scoring barrage, breakdowns at times defensively and numerous momentum swings in a game filled with high intensity and even higher emotion.
Alabama (3-0 overall, 1-0 in Southeastern Conference play) ultimately was able to escape Oxford with a huge win, however, due to a breakout performance by the Crimson Tide running game, a poised effort by freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts in his first true road start and a Tide defense that bent much of the contest but also provided big plays at crucial periods that contributed heavily to Alabama remaining perfect on the season.
Hurts became the first Tide signal caller to rush for more than 100 yards since Tyler Watts in 2001 (110 vs. Ole Miss on October 13, 2001). The Channelview, Texas native accounted for 146 yards on the ground and threw for 158 more to accumulate 304 yards of total offense on the day.
Overall, UA gained 492 yards (334 passing and 158 rushing), picked up 22 first downs, and averaged 6.2 yards per play. Ole Miss totaled 239 yards (216 passing and 23 rushing), along with converting 12 first downs and averaging 4.0 yards per play. Ole Miss outgained Alabama 572 to 492, in total offense.
With just over 13 minutes left in the first quarter the Rebels scored the first points of this riveting affair as Akeem Judd scored on a 23-yard run to cap a 7-play, 75 yard Ole Miss march.
The Tide tallied its first points at the 5:54 mark of the period as Adam Griffith capped a 61-yard Alabama drive by hitting a 32-yard field goal to cut the home team's advantage to 7-3.

In the annals of Southeastern Conference football, the Alabama/Ole Miss rivalry has really not been much of a rivalry at all, as the Crimson Tide has traditionally dominated the annual clash of longtime SEC foes. 

Alabama handily leads the overall series between the two schools 47-11-2, but Hugh Freeze's Rebels have become quite the thorn in the side of the Crimson Tide recently. 


Southern Research is pleased to announce the hiring of Greg Furrow as Vice President of Quality and Compliance. As vice president, Furrow joins the executive team, and in addition to overseeing quality and regulatory compliance, will have oversight of environmental health and safety (EH&S) standards across all of Southern Research.

Thus far in the still-young 2016 season, it is been a mixed bag of results for University of Alabama freshman quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett. 
In the Crimson Tide's opener against Southern Cal, both Hurts and Barnett had their share of big moments, but the Alabama offense really began to thrive once Hurts relieved Barnett, the starter against the Trojans. Hurts, the Channelview, Texas native, ultimately accounted for four touchdowns, with two coming on the ground and two by air. 

The Southeastern Conference today announced the football schedules for all 14 SEC schools for the 2017 season.  With 13 playing weekends, the 2017 schedule includes one open date for each team and conference contests scheduled each week beginning the second weekend of September.

Two-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Jimmie Johnson will host a special Kids Question & Answer Session as part of an extraordinary Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track prior to the start of the Alabama 500 on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Talladega Superspeedway’s Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package will be in the Gadsden Grandstand for the highly anticipated Alabama 500 - the elimination race in the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the field of title contenders will be trimmed from 12 to eight at the checkered flag. The package includes:

  • $48 ticket(s) for adults and $24 ticket(s) for children
  • Families will receive 10% off of merchandise purchased at the Fanatics NASCAR Trackside Superstore located in the FanZone outside the frontstretch

In addition to the Kids Q&A session, the youngsters will participate in hands-on activities during a special learning program, led by NASA’s trained educators. The focus will be centered on aerodynamics, grip, speed and other key racing elements used in NASCAR. The lessons will help demonstrate the relationship between NASA and motorsports. Each kid who attends the Q&A will also receive a four-color Jimmie Johnson NASA Rockets to Racecars activity book centered on STEM education.

Johnson, the 6-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion who has a guaranteed spot in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, went to Talladega’s Gatorade Victory Lane in 2006 and 2011. His ’11 triumph was the closest finish in NASCAR history (.002 second). The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports has seven top-five finishes, 11 top-10s and has led 467 laps in 29 races at TSS. He also has four pole positions, with the most recent coming in 2010.

To take advantage of this educational, economical package that will provide interaction with one of the most successful drivers in the history of NASCAR (only Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Richard Petty have won more titles – 7), visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/jimmie or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 21) with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and the Alabama 500. Saturday’s schedule includes Foodland/Food Giant qualifying for both NCWTS (9:30 a.m. CDT) and NSCS (3:00 p.m. CDT) while the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT. It will also be an elimination race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase in which the field of title contenders will be reduced from eight to six at the race’s conclusion. The Alabama 500 race is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

About Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR speeds back into action at Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 21-23 for double elimination Chase weekend. Sunday’s Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is the Round of 12 elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the title contenders will be reduced from 12 to eight at the checkered flag. Saturdays’ fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is the third and final race in the Round of 8 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase in which only six competitors will advance for the championship at the event’s conclusion. NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), with the circuit’s steepest banking (33 degrees) and longest distance (2.66 miles), is the most fun and fan-friendly, offering up hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids’ ticket prices and special offers for military members and college students. Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, which features the traditional Saturday Night concert and the world-renowned Talladega Blvd, home of the Friday evening “Big One on the Blvd” party. The historic venue features the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large video viewing boards (an initiative planned for future implementation at all ISC tracks) lining the frontstretch and endless activities for fans throughout its event weekends. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA for more information.



The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), awarded grants to 10 cities in Kansas,Alabama and California to create or expand programs providing children with afterschool and summer meals, through their Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) initiative. This recent effort targets cities in states with low participation in the meal programs, and encourages additional cities in these states to apply for CHAMPS funding. With support from the Walmart Foundation, NLC has already helped 41 cities across the country serve over 10 million meals to 100,000 children over the last five years.

In response to recent changes to the bag policy at Bryant-Denny Stadium, retailers across the state are adding a line of bags that will meet the requirements for entry into the stadium as the start of the 2016 season approaches.


Leading Korean engineering company Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd (Hyundai Engineering) has achieved cost savings of more than 20 percent in engineering rework man-hours on a multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant project with the Intelligent Design Basis Verification (IDBV) solution, a new customization for Intergraph Smart 3D that automates the process of verifying and confirming engineering design work.


Alabama's Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Florida with its first location in Bradenton. The new restaurant will open on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and is located at 7350 Cortez Rd. West. This location is owned and operated by new husband-and-wife franchisee team Cody and Elizabeth Toole. Their Bradenton restaurant marks the 15th Chicken Salad Chick location in Florida.


Stop by Salons in Foley, Mobile and Daphne on Aug. 20 to Benefit University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital

Students from across Alabama are traveling to Auburn and Montgomery this week to participate in exciting competitions, career expos, and much more at the 2016 Alabama FFA State ConventionJune 7-10.

It’s a summer holiday weekend and in Alabama and that means barbeque.  And by barbeque, we mean pulled pork.   We spice it up with ribs and maybe some chicken, but pulled pork is where it’s at.  

The great thing about pulled pork is that it is inexpensive, reheats beautifully, feeds a crowd and pretty much everyone loves it.  Oh, and it’s gluten free if you use a gluten free barbeque sauce (which many are) and paleo in its natural state.  So Brooke can eat it with her salad and stay on her diet.

Saturday at the 2016 Hangout Festival is packed with great offerings, including several noteworthy alt-rock groups with a decidedly grunge bent. These are some of the best bets, so be sure to jot down your favorites so you can catch them all.

For those heading to Gulf Shores this weekend for the 2016 Hangout Music Festival, here are some noteworthy bands and artists to see on the first full day of the fest: Friday, May 20. It’s worth mentioning that several of these bands have direct ties to Alabama, too. 

Who to See at the First Day of Hangout 2016...

Pulled pork is the star of many festive events in the South.  Deep smoked, rich and delicious, we slather it in BBQ sauce and put it on sandwiches, potatoes and even salads.

Pulled pork is can work in Mexican cuisine as well. It is great in tamales and enchiladas. A classic Mexican dish is posole which is pork and hominy stew rich.

Tuesday was a big day of celebration for Dennis Pursley's University of Alabama men's and women's swimming and diving programs, programs that seemingly continue to shatter illustrious UA marks on a yearly basis. 

For the third year in a row, the Alabama men's and women's swimming and diving teams broke a slew of school records, so Tuesday, for the third year in a row, the Crimson Tide held a record-smashing ceremony on the deck of the Don Gambril Olympic Pool in the Alabama Aquatic Center.

Over the past decade, new innovations in technology have substantially improved our lives. The development of smartphones alone has changed the way we live and work. Nearly 64 percent of American adults now own smartphones. Many high school and middle school students are now very interested in technology careers.

The Alabama Technology Student Association (TSA) 37th Annual State Conference will be held this week at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) on April 27-28.

Music icon, Prince, died this Thursday, April 22nd.  He was just 57.   One of his most iconic works is the feature movie, Purple Rain.  If you find yourself wanting to watch (or re-watch) "Purple Rain" tonight, here are all the places you can stream it online with the prices. 

Back in the day (in 1985) you had to wait at Movie Gallery or Bob's Videos or Blockbuster (if you lived somewhere with a population base) if you wanted to watch "Purple Rain". 

Thanks to streaming video, it is here for you whenever you want it, in the comfort of your home.

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