It’s believed to be the second-biggest Alabama win over Tennessee in history. This will be A&M’s seventh GameDay appearance and the first time to be on twice in the same season. Anthony Averett (4-0), Jonathan Allen (3-1 and a sack for 10 yards), Da’Shawn Hand (2-2), and Reuben Foster (2-2 with a 10-yard sack) were in on 4 each. The Orange improved to 3-4 with its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2012.
“Teams have a hard time recovering from when you look at the productivity that wasn’t on the field tonight and that’s no excuse”, head coach Butch Jones said. Fans stormed the field and carried off Dungey in celebration after he passed the 311 yards and ran for 106. It marks the 10 straight year that Alabama has defeated Tennessee, making Nick Saban 10-0 in the Third Saturday in October rivalry.
With two more non-offensive touchdowns in Saturday’s 49-10 win over No. 9 Tennessee, top-ranked Alabama continued its run of scoring in all facets for the ninth consecutive game dating back to last season’s College Football Playoff.
Khalil McKenzie was also injured during Saturday’s game. “I think the big thing is you can’t relax when you’re on the road”.
Ole Miss and Arkansas will go into overtime. And maybe all those inexperienced five-star players for Alabama just needed playing time. “We gave up some runs here and there, but other than that I feel like we did pretty well”.
Birmingham News’ columnist Kevin Scarbinsky wrote that “this is starting to look dangerously like [Nick] Saban’s best team”.
“This is as proud of our team as I’ve been all year long in terms of playing a good game against a very good team, especially in a tough environment”. Alabama held the Vols to just 163 total yards, including just 32 on the ground. The Vols had 158 total yards of offense and averaged a mere 2.5 yards per play. Calvin Ridley has caught 34 passes for 412 yards and 4 touchdowns, while ArDarius Stewart has caught 18 passes for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns for Alabama. Quarterback Josh Dobbs has upped his work-load since Hurd’s injury.
The Volunteers would get a break with 10:11 remaining in the second quarter when defensive end Derek Barnett sacked Hurts and forced a fumble.
Hurts didn’t do much through the air, completing 16 of his 26 attempts for 143 yards and an interception. Not to be outdone, Wilson stepped in front of Sean Culkin on the ensuing possession, picked off Lock’s pass and went 78 yards the other way for his first career touchdown.
The Vols entered the game banged-up and only became even more so as the onslaught progressed, losing three different offensive linemen at various points.
“You play the way you need to play under the rules the way they are”, Saban said. We’ve got a chance, if we play well, to be a fourth quarter team again, great opponent, great challenge.
Most frustrating for Tennessee was the fact it was badly outplayed in the trenches. The rest of the schedule is more than manageable, and Florida’s passing game is still a comedy of errors.
Tennessee played A&M without cornerback Cam Sutton and linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Darrin Kirkland Jr. Of the fifteen starting players from last year’s team who were also starters this year, seven are now injured. “Everyone came in and executed and played four quarters of football”. Hurts had 20 yards and two touchdowns. Their special teams were just that.