The Crimson Tide broke the game open with a 28-point fourth quarter, that included three rushing touchdowns and one through the air
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 4/4 University of Alabama football team won its 18th-straight Homecoming game while posting its 15th-consecutive win over Tennessee, 52-24, at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night. The game remained tight through three quarters before the Crimson Tide outscored the Volunteers, 28-7 in the final stanza.
Quarterback Bryce Young completed 31-of-44 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while adding 42 yards and two touchdowns on 10 rushes on the night.
Wide receivers John Metchie III and Jameson Williams both tallied over 100 receiving yards, with Metchie totaling 121 yards and two touchdowns off 11 catches, while Williams had six catches for 123 yards. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. rushed 26 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
Linebacker Will Anderson Jr., led the Tide defense with eight tackles, including five solo stops, and 1.5 sacks. Defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis came away with a fourth-quarter interception, returning the pick 47 yards to the Tennessee 18 to setup a Tide touchdown.
Placekicker Will Reichard connected on0020a 45-yard field goal and seven extra points during the game.
- Alabama recorded 574 yards of total offense against Tennessee, marking the 45th time in the last 93 games (dating to the start of the 2015 season) that the Crimson Tide has eclipsed the 500-yard mark, and the fourth instance this season.
- Alabama has scored a touchdown on its opening drive in seven of its eight games this season, including an active streak of six straight thanks to Brian Robinson Jr.’s eight-yard rushing touchdown to open the game against Tennessee.
- Alabama has scored 30-or-more points in 34-straight games, the longest streak in major college football history, after defeating Tennessee, 52-24.
- The Crimson Tide more than doubled the Volunteers’ time of possession, taking control of the game for 40:26 compared to the Vols’ 19:34.
- Bryce Young recorded a career-high 42 rushing yards on 10 attempts, converting five of those plays into first downs and recording two rushing touchdowns.
- The Crimson Tide offense converted 15 of its 20 third-down attempts, while the defense held the Volunteers’ to just two third-down conversions on their 13 attempts.
- The Tide also had a big edge in first downs on the night, outnumbering UT 33-10 in the category
- Alabama held Tennessee to just 21 rushing yards in the first half, the least amount of rushing yards the Crimson Tide defense has allowed by a Southeastern Conference opponent in the first half this season.
- Alabama’s captains against Tennessee were linebacker Will Anderson Jr., defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis and offensive lineman Evan Neal.
How It Happened
- 08:05 – UA | Brian Robinson Jr. scored the first touchdown of the evening on an eight-yard rush, concluding a 12-play, 85-yard drive.
- 06:15 – UT | Tennessee responded as Hendon Hooker connected with Velus Jones Jr. on an eight-yard touchdown pass to cap a series that lasted eight plays for 75 yards.
- 00:26 – UT | Tennessee took the lead before the first break after Hooker found JaVonta Payton for a 57-yard touchdown pass, ending a five-play, 64-yard drive.
- 14:13 – UA | Alabama equalized the game coming out of the break, thanks to Bryce Young’s five-yard run into the Tennessee end zone for a score on the seventh play of a 44-yard drive.
- 02:34 – UA | The Crimson Tide reclaimed the lead after Young hit John Metchie III for a six-yard touchdown pass, concluding a 12-play, 79-yard series.
- 09:44 – UT | Chase McGrath connected on a 32-yard field goal.
- 06:22 – UA | Will Reichard made good a 45-yard boot.
- 14:51 – UA | Young recorded his second rushing touchdown of the game after a six-yard slash into the Tennessee end zone to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive.
- 14:30 – UT | Hooker found Cedric Tillman for a 70-yard touchdown pass, concluding a drive that lasted two plays for 75 yards.
- 12:42 – UA | Robinson scored on a 15-yard rush on the fourth play of a 75-yard series.
- 08:52 – UA | Robinson scored again on a one-yard rush into the paint to cap a four-play, 18-yard drive.
- 05:01 – UA | Young to Metchie \for a 19-yard touchdown capped the scoring, giving Alabama 28 points in the final quarter.