(1) Alabama - 45, Tennessee - 7
October 21, 2017
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The top-ranked University of Alabama football team
outgained Tennessee 604-108 in its 45-7 win Saturday afternoon at
Bryant-Denny Stadium. It was the Crimson Tide's third game this season
with over 600 yards of total offense.
Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough (9) makes his first of two over
the top touchdown leaps during the first half of the Alabama vs.
Tennessee SEC football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Bryant-Denny
Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntfirstname.lastname@example.org
Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) won its 11th straight game over the Volunteers
(3-4, 0-4 SEC) in the 100th meeting between the two programs.
The Alabama offense used eight different ball carriers to amass 272
rushing yards. The rushing attack was led by junior running back
Damien Harris who had a game-high 72 yards and a touchdown, while
junior running back Bo Scarbrough finished the game with two scores
on the ground. Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts went 13-of-21 for 198
yards and one touchdown through the air, while junior wide receiver
Calvin Ridley paced all wideouts with a game-high eight receptions
for 82 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive back Levi Wallace
had a career-high two sacks to go along with a career-high six tackles.
Junior defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs led the defense with a team-high
seven tackles, while senior defensive back Hootie Jones tied a
career-high with six tackles. Senior linebacker Rashaan Evans was also
outstanding, with six tackles, including a sack and two
Tennessee began the game with a three-and-out, while the Alabama
offense methodically went 63 yards on 12 plays on its first drive
before Scarbrough dove across the goal line on fourth down at the
UT one-yard line to get the Crimson Tide on the board. After senior
placekicker Andy Pappanastos converted the extra point, UA led 7-0
with 8:21 remaining in the opening quarter.
After the Alabama touchdown, both defenses buckled down with the Vols
punting three times and the Tide punting twice before putting together
its second scoring drive. With the ball at its own 15-yard line, the
Crimson Tide rumbled 85 yards on 15 plays, finishing the drive with
Scarbrough once again diving over the goal line on fourth down from
the UT one-yard line. Following Pappanastos' extra point, Alabama
held the 14-0 advantage with 4:48 left in the half.
The Tide defense forced another Volunteers three-and-out to setup for
its next drive at its own 23-yard line. Alabama only needed 2:01 and
six plays to drive 77 yards, capped off by Harris slipping through the
middle for an 11-yard touchdown run. After the Pappanastos PAT, the
Tide led 21-0 with 1:18 remaining in the half.
Alabama outgained Tennessee, 252-66 in the opening half. The stingy
Crimson Tide defense has yet to allow a touchdown in the first half
of a Southeastern Conference game this season.¬
The Tide opened up the second half by going 77 yards on eight plays,
finishing with Hurts finding sophomore tight end Irv Smith Jr. wide
open across the middle for his first career touchdown reception from
14 yards out. Pappanastos converted on the PAT to push the UA lead to
28-0 with 12:39 left in the third quarter.
Tennessee's fourth three-and-out of the game set the Tide up at its
own 22-yard line where freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took over
the offense. Tagovailoa drove the Crimson Tide down to the UT
five-yard line before his pass was intercepted at the three-yard
line and returned for 97 yards for a touchdown to cut the Tide lead
to 28-7 with 6:03 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Tagovailoa bounced back by leading Alabama down
the field in eight plays, netting 52 yards to set up a 25-yard
Pappanastos field goal, extending the Tide lead to 31-7 with 3:13
remaining in the third quarter.
After another Tennessee punt, Alabama used seven plays to go 77 yards,
including an incredible third down 14-yard toe-dragging catch on the
sideline by senior wide receiver Cam Sims to keep the drive alive. Two
plays later, Tagovailoa sprinted up the middle for the first rushing
touchdown of his career from 23-yards out. Following the Pappanastos
extra point, the Tide held a 38-7 advantage with 12:59 left in the
Following a Tide fumble on a punt return, UT took over from the Alabama
20-yard line and were facing a fourth-and-goal from the five-yard line
when sophomore Mack Wilson picked off a pass attempt at the two-yard
line and took it back 21 yards to keep the score at 38-7. With the
interception, Alabama has caused a turnover in 35-straight games.
The Alabama offense struck again after the interception when Tagovailoa
found freshman wide receiver Henry Ruggs III for a 60-yard touchdown
strike. Ruggs III now has five receptions on the year, all of which
have gone for touchdowns. After the Pappanastos point after, the Tide
led 45-7 with 4:49 left in the game.
Alabama returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 4 against No. 24 LSU at
Bryant-Denny Stadium following the Tide's bye week. Kickoff has yet
to be announced.
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