(1) Alabama - 31, Chattanooga - 3
November 19, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 1-ranked University of Alabama
football team beat Chattanooga, 31-3, on Saturday evening
in front of a Bryant-Denny Stadium sellout crowd of 101,821.
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3), celebrates with
Alabama wide receiver Gehrig Dieter (11) after Dieter
scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college
football game against Chattanooga, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016,
in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Photo Credit - Brynn Anderson/AP
Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts was 15-of-21
passing for 136 yards and three touchdowns. Tide sophomore
wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught seven passes for 94
yards and a touchdown; senior wide receiver Gerhig Dieter
caught three passes, with two going for touchdowns; and
sophomore running back Damien Harris ran for 91 yards and
touchdown to lead all rushers.
Defensively, sophomore defensive back Ronnie Harrison led
the Tide with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops.
Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and senior
linebacker Reuben Foster both notched two tackles for loss.
The victory set a record for Alabama head coach Nick
Saban, who earned his 41st win while directing the nation's
top-ranked team at the Capstone. Saban's Tide teams have
won 41 of 46 games when ranked number one. Also, the 46
games coaching the nation's top-ranked squad ties Saban
for that total with Ohio State legend Woody Hayes.
Alabama won the toss and chose to receive the opening
kickoff. Hurts opened up the game with a 23-yard pass
to Ridley, followed by a rush over right end for 20 yards
to the UTC 34-yard line. From that point, the Tide moved
back five yards on two plays followed by an incomplete
pass, bringing out punter JK Scott who kicked a 39-yard
The Mocs alternated between passing and rushing on its
first five plays from scrimmage, including a 31-yard pass
from Alejandro Bennifield to C.J. Board. Chattanooga
moved to the UA 25 before an illegal formation penalty
moved them back to the 30. Following the penalty, an
incomplete pass brought out the Mocs' field goal unit
on fourth down. Colin Brewer converted the 47-yard attempt
to put Chattanooga up 3-0 with 7:08 left in the first
A seven-yard completion from Hurts to tight end O.J.
Howard was the highlight of the Tide's second drive,
which ended with a 46-yard punt by Scott. Starting its
second drive on its own 19, Chattanooga passed for
three yards before running back Richardre Bagley ran
13 yards for a first down. After a Bennifield to
Bagley pass lost a yard, running back Derrick Craine
rushed seven yards to the UTC 41. Tide defensive end
Jonathan Allen and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson
combined to put the Mocs' drive to bed, stopping a
Bennifield quarterback draw for no gain, bringing up
fourth down and punter Colin Brewer, whose kick went
34 yards before being downed on the UA 25.
Alabama picked up six yards on its first play from
scrimmage on a Hurts rush, followed by another two-yard
run by Harris and a first down when Hurts slashed for
five yards over left end to the UA 38. Hurts then threw
to Ridley for a three-yard gain. Harris closed the first
quarter with an eight-yard rush to a first down at the
Hurts started the second quarter with a four-yard rush
on a quarterback draw before unloading a 47-yard bomb
to Ridley in the end zone for Alabama's first score of
the night. Placekicker Adam Griffith's extra-point
attempt was good and, with 14:21 left in the second
quarter, Alabama went up, 7-3.
Chattanooga and Alabama both went three-and-out, but
Alabama's punt went 45 yards to the UTC eight-yard line,
where Board fumbled when his own blocker backed into
him and UA linebacker Keaton Anderson recovered on the
Mocs' nine-yard line. On first down, Hurts rushed eight
yards to the UTC one before he and Harris rushed for no
gain on consecutive plays, bring up fourth-and-goal at
the one. Going for it on fourth down, Hurts passed
complete to wide receiver Gehrig Dieter in the end zone
for a touchdown. After another point-after by Griffith,
Alabama led, 14-3, with 8:44 left in the first half.
The Mocs moved the ball 25 yards in six plays on the
next drive, with Craine picking up 12 yards on
back-to-back rushes before Bennifield passed complete
to tight end Malcolm Colvin for 11 yards and UTC's
second first down of the drive. The Tide shut down the
Mocs after that. Brewer punted 43 yards to the UA 12,
where the Tide's Trevon Diggs returned the punt 14 yards
to the UA 26.
The Tide managed 11 yards on four plays before a 56-yard
punt by Scott and a 10-yard return by Board set up
Chattanooga on its 17-yard line. Chattanooga managed
19 yards on five plays on its last drive of the half.
Alabama had enough time for one offensive play before
the first half came to an end.
At the half, Hurts had completed eight passes on 10
attempts, throwing for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Hurts also led all rushers with 33 yards. Ridley led
all receivers with five catches for 84 yards and a
touchdown. For UTC, Bennifield was 12-of-15 passing
for 89 yards while Board led the UTC receiving corps
with 53 yards on three catches. Craine had 19 yards
on seven rushes to lead the Mocs on the ground.
Chattanooga started the second half with an eight-play,
34-yard drive that ate up the first five minutes of the
third quarter. But that march ended with a punt. The
Tide came away with 19 yards on six plays in 1:15 on
its first drive of the second half before Scott punted
The Mocs went three-and-out on their next drive, giving
Alabama the ball on its 39-yard line. The Tide opened
the drive with three Harris rushes in the first four
plays, capped by a 25-yard touchdown rush by Harris
with 4:07 left in the quarter. Andy Pappanastos'
extra-point attempt was true, putting the Tide ahead, 21-3.
The Mocs moved the ball 11 yards on their next possession
before Brewer punted 25 yards to the UA 39. Three straight
rushes opened Alabama's last drive of the third quarter,
including a 34-yard pickup by Hurts. Alabama ended the
third quarter with an incomplete pass, the same way it
started the fourth quarter, setting up a 33-yard field
goal attempt that Pappanastos sent through the uprights,
moving Alabama to a 24-3 lead with 14:48 left in the
Chattanooga went three-and-out on its first possession
of the fourth quarter, giving Alabama the ball on the
UA 44. But the Tide was moved back to the UA 34 following
an illegal block penalty. Alabama was driving downfield
when UTC forced a fumble that was recovered by Mocs
linebacker Dale Warren at the UTC 31.
Another three-and-out negated any advantage Chattanooga
might have gained from the turnover, and Alabama took
over on its 27 with 8:06 left in the game. The Tide
returned the ball to UTC after a three-and-out of its
own. Starting on its 18 with 5:32 left in the final
period, UTC gave up the ball with a fumble of its own,
recovered by Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans at the
It took Alabama four plays to cover 20 yards for a score
when Hurts found Dieter for his second one-yard touchdown
catch of the game. After Pappanastos hit the extra point,
Alabama led, 31-3, with 3:45 on the clock. Chattanooga
went three-and-out on its final possession before Alabama
ran out the clock on its final drive.
Alabama returns to action Saturday, November 26, against
Auburn at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for
2:30 p.m. CT and the Tide's final regular season game will
be televised nationally by CBS.