STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Anthony Johnson returned an interception a school-record 100 yards for a touchdown and Mississippi State clinched bowl eligibility Saturday for the first time since 2000 with a 17-12 upset of No. 21 Alabama.
It was the second straight win over his alma mater for Sylvester Croom, whose resurgent Bulldogs have won six games for the first time since 2000.
It also was the second straight win over a ranked opponent for Mississippi State (6-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), which beat then-No. 14 Kentucky two weeks ago.
The win gave the Bulldogs a 2-2 record during a streak of four consecutive games against ranked opponents.
The Crimson Tide (6-4, 4-3) has now lost two straight.
The Bulldogs limited Alabama to four Leigh Tiffin field goals and extended their streak of holding the Tide offense out of the end zone to 12 quarters.