The Volunteers’ connected on a 40-yard field goal as time expired to snap a 15-game Crimson Tide winning streak in the series
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 3/1 Alabama football team fell at No. 6/8 Tennessee, 52-49, Saturday night following a 40-yard Vols field goal that sailed through the uprights as time expired. Tennessee’s victory snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide in the series. Alabama is now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while Tennessee goes to 6-0, 3-0 in the SEC.
Coming back from a shoulder injury sustained at Arkansas two weeks ago, Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young threw for a season-best 455 yards on 35-of-52 passing, including two touchdowns. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs rushed 24 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns on the day. A total of nine Alabama receivers caught passes against Tennessee, led by tight end Cameron Latu who reeled in six balls for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Defensive back DeMarco Hellams led the Tide with 10 tackles including five solo stops, while also snaring an interception. Defensive back Brian Branch totaled nine tackles with four solo stops while linebacker Henry To’oTo’o tallied five solo tackles and nine overall. Linebacker Dallas Turner scooped up a Volunteers fumble and returned it 11 yards for a defensive touchdown.
- Alabama was flagged for a school record 17 penalties for 130 yards in the contest
- With his two field goals on the day, placekick Will Reichard has compiled 363 (49/216) career points which moved him past Adam Griffith (357 points) into second in program history
- Reichard trails Leigh Tiffin (385 points on 83 field goals and 136 extra points) on the all-time scoring list
- Dallas Turner’s scoop and score late in the fourth quarter was the Tide’s fourth defensive touchdown of the year and first fumble return for a touchdown since 2020
- Jahmyr Gibbs combined for 203 all-purpose yards which included 103 yards on the ground, 48 yards receiving and 52 yards on kickoff returns
- Bryce Young returned from an injury that sidelined him against Texas A&M and finished with 455 yards on 35-of-52 throwing and a pair of touchdown passes
- Young’s total was the most passing yards since throwing for 421 yards vs. Georgia in the 2021 SEC Championship game
How It Happened
- 10:18 – UT | Tennessee took its first drive of the game 56 yards to paydirt as Jabari Smith ran it in from a yard to finish off the seven-play drive that took 1:58 off the clock
- 07:59 – UA | Bryce Young completed 4-of-5 passes for 67 yards to set up Jahmyr Gibbs’ 8-yard touchdown run to cap an eight-play, 71-yard drive that lasted 2:12
- 06:43 – UT | The Vols needed just 1:16 to march 75 yards down the field in five plays as Hendon Hooker found Jalin Hyatt for a 36-yard throw and catch touchdown
- 03:59 – UT | Tennessee found paydirt for its third consecutive drive to start the game when Hooker connected with Hyatt for the second time in the quarter, this time coming from 11 yards out to cap a four-play, 35-yard drive that took 1:02 off the clock
- 14:07 – UA | Will Reichard converted a 21-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 73-yard drive that spanned 4:52
- 11:41 – UT | The Vols took advantage of a short field after a Crimson Tide fumble, with Princeton Fant rushing it in from two yards out to finish off a three-play, 40-yard drive
- 06:46 – UA | Young led the Tide 83 yards on 12 plays in 4:49, finished off with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Corey Brooks
- 00:36 – UA | Reichard nailed his second field goal of the quarter to finish off a seven-play, 39-yard drive that took 2:08 off the game clock
- 11:11 – UA | Gibbs capped a three-play, 59-yard drive when he took a handoff 26 yards to paydirt, followed by a successful two-point conversion with Young finding Ja’Cory Brooks in the back of the endzone to even the score at 28-28.
- 10:16 – UT | Hooker connected with Hyatt for a 60-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead and cap a three-play, 75-yard drive
- 04:27 – UA | A 12-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 5:49 and was capped by a two-yard touchdown run from Gibbs to give Alabama its first lead of the day
- 14:01 – UT | Hyatt and Hooker connected once again, this time for a 78-yard score that was followed by a successful two-point conversion, giving the Vols a seven-point lead.
- 08:38 – UA | Camron Latu caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Young to even the score and finish off a 10-play, 75-yard drive that took 5:23 off the clock
- 07:49 – UA | Dallas Turner scooped up a Tennessee fumble and took it 11 yards to the house to give the lead back to Alabama
- 03:26 – UT | Hyatt caught a Vols school record fifth touchdown in the game on a 13-yard pass from Hooker to tie the game at 49-all
- 00:00 – UT | Chase McGrath converted a 40-yard field goal as time expired
- Alabama returns home to for a home contests against No. 16/17 Mississippi State next Saturday for Homecoming
- The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will kick off at 6 p.m. CT inside Bryant-Denny Stadium with the contest airing on ESPN