The song "Dixieland Delight" made its return to Bryant-Denny Stadium during the fourth quarter of Alabama's win over Missouri. The song was played during a break with 13:32 to go in the final quarter after Damien Harris scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give the Crimson Tide a 39-10 lead.

Harris and several Alabama players danced on the sideline during the song. Cheerleaders also danced. Cards played on the video boards instructed the crowd words to chant during the pauses between lines in the song.

At the point in the refrain at which some fans had previously shouted an expletive directed at Auburn, the PA system played a loud recording which said "Beat Auburn!"

The song became a point of contention during the 2014 Iron Bowl when several fans included the profanity at several places during the song. It has not been played at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the 2015 season.

Several fans, including a large contingent of students, had made a push for the song to be restored to gameday at Bryant-Denny.

“We basically said let’s give this a chance for a comeback, but ultimately it will be up to the students and the fans on whether it stays, if we can do this right,” Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said earlier this week. “This is also something our current players and our former players were very vocal about wanting to have as part of our gameday.

“We talked about a lot of different ideas on how to bring it back and after a lot of discussions this is where we landed.”

Fast starts

Alabama is outscoring its opponents by 224 points in the first half alone this season because it’s able to score repeatedly and quickly.

For the seventh-straight game, the Crimson Tide ended its first offensive possession in the end zone. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The drive took two plays and 23 seconds of game clock.

Eighteen of Alabama’s scoring drives in 2018 have lasted less than a minute. Nine were less than 30 seconds, including two against Missouri.

There was the opening drive touchdown. Then, in the second quarter, Tagovailoa threw an 13-yard pass to wide receiver DeVonta Smith to score on a one-play drive. It took eight seconds.

Alabama also had a 52-second scoring drive (four plays) that resulted in a field goal.

Tough stretch

As efficient as Alabama’s offense has been under quarterback Tagovailoa, even a short period of less-than-perfect performance stands out. One such sequence happened Saturday.

For the first time this season, Alabama went three straight drives with Tagovailoa under center without scoring a touchdown. The stretch happened in the first quarter.

Up 7-0, Alabama got the ball back quickly on an interception one minute into the game. Joseph Bulovas capped the ensuing drive with a 30-yard field goal.

UA's next possession ended after a Tagovailoa fumble. On its next possession, UA settled for a 28-yard field goal by Bulovas.

Tagovailoa shook off that short stretch of inefficiency to throw touchdown passes on Alabama’s next two turns with the ball.

Finally, a punt

Freshman Skyler DeLong got to punt for the first time since the Texas A&M game, and shanked a 12-yard punt in the third quarter. It marked the 29th drive since his last punt, marking 2:37:53 of game time.

Also on special teams, Bulovas made field goals of 20 and 30 yards but missed from 52. Josh Jacobs had a nice return of 50 yards on a free kick after a safety.

Watch lists

Nick Saban was among 17 candidates named to the midseason watch list for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Trophy this week. Saban previously won the award in 2014. The trophy will be awarded during the week of the Peach Bowl in Atlanta in December. The award celebrates a coach who has on-field success while also "stressing the importance of leadership, scholarship and integrity."

Safety Deionte Thompson and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams were also added to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive play. Jonathan Allen won the award in 2016 and Minkah Fitzpatrick won it in 2017.

Milestones

Jacobs again became the 59th player in Alabama history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career when he picked up six yards on his first carry of the game. He briefly passed 1,000 yards last week but was later tackled for a loss and finished the game at 998 yards.

Tagovailoa threw three touchdowns passes to bring his season total to 21. That ties him with Jake Coker in 2015 for fifth-most in a season in school history. Tagovailoa has also thrown 139 passes without an interception dating to the national championship game. That's tied for the ninth longest streak in school history.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy caught his ninth touchdown pass of the season. That's tied for the fourth most in a season in school history with Dennis Homan's 1967 season.

Tide bits

Honorary captains were former Alabama quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jake Coker. … Game captains were defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, safety Deionte Thompson and tight end Hale Hentges. Hentges is the only Missouri native on Alabama's roster. … Missouri won the toss and deferred until the second half. Alabama is 4-3 in coin tosses this season. … Attendance was announced as 101,821. …. Nick Saban remained undefeated in three games against Missouri. That's one of five SEC programs that Alabama is undefeated against under Saban. The other four are Arkansas (12-0), Tennessee (11-0), Kentucky (4-0) and Vanderbilt (3-0). Saban has also won 78 (after Ark) straight games against unranked teams at Alabama. … NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson was in attendance. Former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was also at the game.

Reach Ben Jones at ben@tidesports.com or 205-722-0196.