Oxford, MS (September 17, 2016) – Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen closed out a weekend of college football with what could be arguably the play of the day.
In a game that lived up to the Alabama-Ole Miss rivalry the past few years, the Crimson Tide defensive end picked off a tipped pass at the Alabama 24 yard line, and rumbled 76 yards for a pick-six. Escorted by a throng of defenders, it took Allen 10 seconds to move 294lbs of man for the score.
The score gave the Tide a 48-30 lead after heading into the half with a 24-3 deficit. Although it was a momentous play, Ole Miss responded with a quick score, recovered an onside kick, and hit on a 41-yard touchdown pass on the very next play. The two point conversion failed, but they essentially scored 13 points in 8-seconds. Fortunately for No. 1 Alabama, they were able to run out the clock, hold on for a 48-43 victory, and snap a two-game loosing streak to No. 17 Ole Miss.
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After leading the 2015 NCAA College Football National Champions in both tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (12) last season, and earning First Team All-SEC recognition his past two years at Alabama, Allen surprised many by opting to return to Tuscaloosa for his senior campaign.
Like most of the Crimson Tide’s top players, Allen signed as a highly touted prep. As a captain of the Stone Bridge football team in Ashburn, VA, he was named Virginia’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year following a senior season in which he recorded an astounding 119 tackles with 9.0 sacks, six fumble recoveries, eight pass breakups, six blocked kicks and seven pass breakups as a defensive end.