UNIVERSITY, Miss., Oct. 25 -- Freddie Kitchens had a touchdown run and threw for a score Saturday as Alabama snapped a three game losing streak and defeated Mississippi for the seventh straight time, 29-20, in a Southeastern Conference clash. The Crimson Tide (4-3, 2-3 SEC) avoided its first three-game losing streak since 1990 and first four-game SEC losing streak since 1983-84.
Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) built a 14-0 lead before Kitchens scampered eight yards around right end for a score with 50 seconds left in the first half, cutting the deficit to 14-7. He hit fullback Ed Scissum with a 13- yard scoring strike with 9:37 left in the game as Alabama opened up a 23-14 advantage. Brian Cunningham kicked a 21-yard field goal to draw the Tide within 14-10 with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter before Curtis Alexander broke off a 56-yard touchdown jaunt with 1:32 left in the quarter to give Alabama its first lead of the game, 17-14. The Rebels had won 11 straight games since 1994, including three this season, when leading at the half. Dennis Riddle scored the last of the Tide's three second-half touchdowns when he rambled 68 yards with 6:23 left in the game to increase Alabama's margin to 29-14. But John Avery took the ensuing kickoff one-yard deep in the end zone and returned it for a score to make it 29-20 after a failed conversion kick. Avery was credited for a 100-yard return, as college rules dictate no play can exceed that figure. It was the Rebels' first return of a kickoff for a score since Avery did it last season against Louisiana State.