NCAA Game Summary - Alabama at Tennessee|
(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: (7) Alabama 41, Tennessee 10
Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Julio Jones set career-highs with 12 catches
for 221 yards -- a new school record -- and the seventh-ranked Alabama Crimson
Tide kept Tennessee winless in conference play with a 41-10 drubbing of the
Vols at Neyland Stadium.
Greg McElroy completed 21-of-32 passes for 264 yards for the Crimson Tide
(7-1, 4-1 SEC), who have won the last four meetings between the schools. Trent
Richardson ran for 119 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Mark Ingram
had 14 rushes for 88 yards and two scores. Richardson added a receiving
touchdown, while McElroy ran for one.
"I feel all right. The only reason I was (able to get the record) was the
offensive line," Jones said. "Without them, I couldn't do what I did. It was a
goal, but I need to do that week in and week out."
Alabama recorded 536 yards of total offense and held Tennessee to just 315,
scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away.
Tauren Poole ran for 117 yards and a score on 14 carries for the Vols (2-5,
0-4), who have yet to beat an FBS program in regulation time this season. Matt
Simms completed 11-of-22 passes for 117 yards and was picked off once in the
"We played an outstanding football team tonight. We fought them pretty hard
for 30 minutes and were scrapping and fighting," said Tennessee head coach
Derek Dooley. "When we came out in the third quarter, they got some big plays,
and we made some bad mistakes there. They took advantage with a few scores and
then the game got away from us."
Alabama carried a 13-10 lead into halftime, but broke the game wide open in
the third quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage, McElroy hit Jones for a 38-yard gain to gain
the Tennessee 32. Ingram followed with a 12-yard run, and Jones caught a 19-
yard pass down to the one on the next play. From there, Ingram punched it into
the end zone for a 20-10 game 1:40 into the half.
Michael Palardy missed a 52-yard field goal on the Vols' first possession of
the quarter, and, after an incompletion on the first play of the ensuing
Alabama drive, Richardson rumbled 65 yards for a touchdown and a 17-point
Crimson Tide lead.
Tennessee looked to get back into the game by getting all the way down to the
Alabama 11 before a Simms pass was picked off by Robert Lester in the end
zone. The Crimson Tide then put together a nine-play, 80-yard drive that all
but sealed the outcome, as Ingram's one-yard touchdown run gave the visitors a
34-10 advantage headed into the fourth quarter.
A.J. McCarron, who relieved McElroy in the fourth quarter, threw a five-yard
touchdown pass to Richardson midway through the final stanza to account for
the final margin.
After each team failed on its opening possession, Tennessee used a big play to
move in front.
Alabama's defense brought a heavy blitz on the right side on 2nd-and-1 from
the Vols' 41, but the Tennessee offense countered with a Poole run to the
left. He avoided a couple defenders before racing down the sideline 59 yards
into the end zone with 8:44 left in the first.
It was the longest rush of the season for the Vols.
The Tide answered with Jeremy Shelley's 36-yard field goal, and Tennessee went
three-and-out, which led to the go-ahead scoring drive by Alabama.
Bridging the first and second quarters, the Crimson Tide went 59 yards in nine
plays. Richardson's 13-yard run put Alabama in opposing territory, and
consecutive nine-yard gains put the ball on the 28. Two plays later, a 14-yard
catch by Jones brought the ball to the 11, and McElroy followed two Richardson
carries totaling 10 yards with a one-yard plunge into the end zone for a 10-7
lead with 18 seconds elapsed in the second.
Shelley missed a 25-yard field goal with a chance to extend Alabama's lead,
but made up for it with a 42-yarder in the final minute of the first half for
a 13-7 game.
Tennessee, however, was able to get into position for a Palardy 32-yard field
goal just before halftime to cut the margin to three.
McCarron finished 3-for-3 for 62 yards...Marquis Maze had four catches for 73
yards for Alabama...Tennessee has scored 17 points or fewer in each of the
last seven meetings...The Volunteers have lost three straight games for the
first time since October 25-November 8, 2008.
10/24 00:27:04 ET