No. 1 Alabama Beats Tennessee, 58-21, in
October 20, 2018
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 1 University of Alabama
football team scored 28 first-quarter points on the
way to a 58-21 win over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium
Saturday afternoon. It was the Crimson Tide's most
points ever against the Volunteers.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) sacks
Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) in first
half action at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tn., on
Saturday October 20, 2018.
Photo Credit - Mickey Welsh, Dothan Eagle
The victory also gave Alabama its 12th-consecutive win
over the Vols, the longest streak in series history.
Today's game was also the eighth time the Tide has
topped 500 yards of offense this season, marking UA's
first eight-game run of 500-yard total offense
performances in program history.
Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw four
touchdown passes, upping his 2018 total to 25, which
ranks fourth on Alabama's single season list for
passing scores. Sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy,
freshman wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, junior tight end
Irv Smith Jr. and sophomore wide receiver Henry Ruggs
III all caught touchdowns.
Junior running back Josh Jacobs (two), senior running
back Damien Harris and junior quarterback Jalen Hurts
all scored rushing touchdowns on the day.
Tagovailoa was 19-of-29 for 306 yards on the
afternoon, while Waddle led the Crimson Tide with 117
receiving yards. Jacobs led the Tide's rushers with 68
yards on 12 carries.
Junior defensive back Deionte Thompson led the defense
with seven tackles and a forced fumble while sophomore
defensive back Xavier McKinney had five stops and a
sack. Senior defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs and senior
linebacker Christian Miller also had sacks against the
Alabama extended its streak of scoring on its opening
drive to eight games in a row, moving the ball 58
yards on nine plays and finishing with a
Tagovailoa-to-Jeudy, 11-yard touchdown pass. Redshirt
freshman kicker Joseph Bulovas' extra point made it
7-0 just over four minutes into the first quarter.
A fumble on Tennessee's third play of its first
offensive drive recovered by Miller gave Alabama the
ball on the UT three-yard line. One play later, Jacobs
picked up Alabama's second score of the game with more
than 10 minutes left in the opening quarter. Bulovas
kicked the extra point to make it 14-0.
After a three-and-out on Tennessee's next possession,
Alabama needed just one play to cover 77 yards for its
third touchdown of the quarter when Tagovailoa hit
Waddle in stride with the freshman's route ending in
the end zone for the score. Bulovas' extra point was
true and the tally was 21-0 with 8:08 left in the
The Tide's fourth scoring drive of the first quarter
took a little longer than the previous two, taking two
minutes and 44 seconds off the clock for a 9-play,
93-yard touchdown march that ended with Harris taking
it in from three yards out. Bulovas' extra point made
it 28-0 with 3:31 remaining in the first stanza.
Today's game marked only the fifth time in the last 15
seasons an SEC team has scored 28 points or more in
the first quarter against a conference opponent. Two
of the five have been by Alabama this year.
Tennessee got on the board with 7:21 minutes left in
the first half with a 10-yard touchdown throw, putting
the score at 28-7.
Jacobs scored his second touchdown of the game with
4:23 left in the first half, bulling his way up the
middle into the end zone from the two-yard line,
capping an eight-play, 43-yard drive following a
failed onside kick by Tennessee. Bulovas made the
extra point to push the score to 35-7.
Tennessee scored again with 2:18 left in the first
half on a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-14.
Following the Vols' second score of the quarter,
Alabama answered with an 85-yard touchdown drive that
took 2:01 of the 2:16 left on the clock. After a pair
of rushes started the drive, the Tide took to the air
to finish it off, with Tagovailoa making six straight
completions, including a nine-yard touchdown throw to
Smith Jr. Bulovas made the point after attempt, and
the score was 42-14 with 15 seconds left in the half.
Alabama scored a safety on Tennessee's first snap of
the second half when the Vols' quarterback fell down
in the end zone, moving the score to 44-14 eight
seconds into the third quarter. It was the Crimson
Tide's second safety in as many games.
Following the free kick that comes with a safety,
Alabama scored another touchdown, this one coming on
a Tagovailoa to Ruggs III 41-yard touchdown pass.
Bulovas' extra point made it 51-14 with 12:53 left in
the third quarter.
Tennessee scored on a pick-six in the third quarter to
make it 51-21 with 5:17 left on the clock.
Alabama responded to the UT defensive score with an
eight-play, 70-yard touchdown march, capped by a
21-yard sprint for the end zone by Hurts. It was the
22nd rushing touchdown of Hurts' career, extending his
school record for a quarterback. Bulovas scored on the
point after attempt and the score was 58-21 in
Alabama's favor with 1:03 left in the third quarter.
A scoreless fourth quarter closed the game, giving
Alabama a 58-21 victory.
Alabama is off next weekend before returning to action
on November 3 in Baton Rouge against LSU. The game will
be televised on CBS at 8:00 pm ET.
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