Balanced Attack Powers No. 1 Alabama Football to 51-14 Win Over Louisville
in Camping World Kickoff
September 1, 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. – The top-ranked Alabama football team was in control from
start to finish in its 51-14 win over Louisville in the Camping World Kickoff
at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., Saturday night.
Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13)
celebrates a touchdown during the football game
between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Louisville
Cardinal in the Camping World Kickoff on September 1,
2018, at Camping World Stadium Orlando, FL.
Photo Credit - Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The Crimson Tide (1-0) used a balanced attack to outgain the Cardinals (0-1),
519-268, in total offense and 222-16 on the ground.
Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa led the Alabama offense, totaling
three touchdowns and 253 yards of offense in his first career start.
Tagovailoa went 12-for-16 for 227 yard with two passing touchdowns to
sophomore receiver Jerry Jeudy, while rushing for 26 yards and a score.
On the receiving end of things, sophomore wide receiver DeVonta Smith
led the charge with four catches and 99 yards.
On defense, sophomore lineman Quinnen Williams finished the game with six
tackles including a team-high 3.5 tackles for loss to go along with one
quarterback hurry and one pass breakup. Junior defensive back Deionte
Thompson had a solid performance with five tackles (1.5 tackles for loss),
three pass breakups and an interception.
Alabama began the game with the ball as Tagovailoa directed the Tide down
the field in seven plays covering 65 yards, capped by a 11-yard touchdown
reception by Jeudy. Following the extra point from senior kicker Austin
Jones, UA led 7-0 with 11:55 remaining in the first quarter.
Later in the first, the Crimson Tide struck again after senior running
back Damien Harris rumbled 32 yards down to the Louisville 23-yard line
to start the drive. Five plays later, Tagovailoa found the end zone,
scampering untouched from nine yards out. After the Jones PAT, the Tide
held a 14-0 advantage with 4:04 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, with Louisville driving in Alabama territory,
Thompson came over from the safety position to intercept Jawon Pass'
throw in the end zone, returning it 25 yards to set up the UA offense.
Three plays into the drive, Tagovailoa found freshman wide out Jaylen
Waddle for a 49-yard strike at the UL nine-yard line. Alabama punched
it in four plays later, when sophomore running back Najee Harris dove
into the end zone from one yard out to finish the six-play, 75-yard drive.
Jones' extra point made it 21-0 with 11:24 remaining in the first half.
With just 41 seconds left in the half, Waddle returned a Louisville punt
31 yards to the UL 25-yard line to set up a short field for the Tide. It
took just three plays for Alabama to add to its lead when Tagovailoa found
Jeudy for his second touchdown catch, this time from 25 yards out with nine
seconds left before halftime. The Jones PAT extended the lead to 28-0
heading into the break.
In the first half, Alabama outgained Louisville 340-111 in total offense,
including a 109-11 advantage in the ground game.
Alabama continued to move the ball effectively in the second half as
Tagovailoa found junior tight end Irv Smith Jr. for 32 yards to the UL
27-yard line. Back-to-back runs from running back Josh Jacobs finished
off the drive. The junior found the edge for an 18-yard touchdown. A
missed extra point kept the score 34-0 with 10:03 remaining in the third
Louisville got on the board with a 12-yard pitch-and-catch to make it 34-7
with 6:27 left in the third. After the touchdown a dead-ball personal foul
by Louisville forced the Cardinals to kick off from their own 20-yard line,
Jacobs took the short kick 77 yards to the house for his second score of
the game and the first kickoff return touchdown of his career. After the
Jones extra point, the Tide led 41-7.
Following a Louisville punt, Alabama added to its lead by going 37 yards
on six plays with Jones knocking through a 39-yard field goal to put the
Tide up 44-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Tide found the end zone once again
when junior defensive back Shyheim Carter intercepted Pass' throw over the
middle and took it 45 yards for the touchdown. With the extra point from
Jones, Alabama led 51-7 with 7:31 left in the game.
With the game out of reach, the Cardinals added a late touchdown with 1:55
remaining in the contest to cut the Tide advantage to 51-14, the eventual
Alabama returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 8, with its home opener against
Arkansas State at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff between the Crimson Tide and
Red Wolves is set for 2:30 p.m. CT with the game airing live on ESPN2.