The Crimson Tide outscored the Volunteers 27-0 in the second half en route to its 10th consecutive home win in the series
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 11/8 Alabama football team dominated the second half on its way to a 34-20 come-from-behind victory over No. 17/15 Tennessee Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Crimson Tide trailed 13-0 early and entered the locker room at halftime trailing 20-7. However, UA scored on its first four drives of the second half and went on to outscore UT 27-0 over the final 30 minutes of play. With the victory, Alabama sits in the driver’s seat for the SEC West title at 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the league. The Crimson Tide can secure its spot in the SEC Championship game with a win in its next contest (Nov. 4 vs. LSU).
Alabama dominated the statistics over the final 30 minutes of the game, limiting Tennessee to 129 total yards and 3.9 yards per play in the second half compared to 225 total yards and 7.0 yards per play for UA. Deontae Lawson led the defense with 12 tackles for the game, with Jihaad Campbell adding 10 tackles and a fumble recovery that he ran back for a touchdown. In all, the Alabama defense combined for eight tackles for loss, four sacks and four pass breakups.
Quarterback Jalen Milroe completed 14 of his 21 passes for 220 and a pair of scores, marking the fifth time in seven starts this season that he has thrown for at least 220 yards and at least two touchdowns. Jermaine Burton had four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown while Isaiah Bond also found paydirt, finishing with three catches for 77 yards.
Running back Jase McClellan once again led the ground attack, finishing with 115 of the Crimson Tide’s 138 total rushing yards.
- Head coach Nick Saban improved to 21-2 when avenging a previous loss (last season’s 52-49 loss in Knoxville). The only two times the Crimson Tide has fallen in back-to-back games against the same opponent is LSU (2010-11) and Ole Miss (2014-15).
- The win marked the Tide’s 10th consecutive home victory over the Vols as Saban improved to 18-2 for his career vs. Tennessee and 15-1 at Alabama
- After trailing 20-7 at intermission, the Crimson Tide outscored the Volunteers 17-0 in the third quarter to take the lead for good at 24-20. For the season, Alabama has dominated the third quarter of play, outscoring the competition, 79-24
- The Crimson Tide’s place kicker Will Reichard hit both of his field goal attempts in the contest and has now made 28 consecutive field goals. The last time Reichard missed a field goal came on a 50-yard attempt last year at Tennessee.
- With his nine points on the night (two field goals, three extra points), Reichard climbed up to No. 5 on the NCAA all-time career points list with 495. With five more points, he would become just the fourth player in NCAA history to score 500 or more points in their career (1. Keenan Reynolds , 2. Kenneth Dixon , 3. Montee Ball ).
- Alabama dominated the third quarter statistics, scoring on all four of its drives (two touchdowns and two field goals) while outgaining Tennessee 171-47 while averaging 12.2 yards per play compared to 3.9 yards per play for the Vols
- Alabama recorded its 92nd non-offensive touchdown of the Nick Saban era, and second of the year, when Jihad Campbell scooped up a fumble and took it 24 yards to paydirt
- The win was the 295th victory inside Bryant-Denny Stadium (295-55-3, .840)
How It Happened
- 12:39 – UT | Tennessee got on the board first when Joe Milton III found Squirrel White for a 39-yard receiving touchdown ending an eight-play, 75-yard drive in 2:21
- 02:00 – UT | Charles Campbell added onto the Volunteers’ lead with 24-yard field goal capping off a 15-play, 79-yard drive
- 00:11 – UT | Campbell hit his second field goal of the game finishing a five-play, 15-yard drive that took 1:05 off the clock
07:05 – UA | Alabama’s first touchdown came when Jalen Milroe connected with Jermain Burton for a 10-yard reception ending a nine-play, 59-yard drive in 4:05
- 00:12 – UT | Tennessee finished the half with a six-yard receiving touchdown when Milton III found McCallan Castles ending a 10-play, 80-yard drive lasting 2:58
- 14:19 – UA | The Crimson Tide opened the second half with a 46-yard receiving touchdown from Milroe to Isaiah Bond as UA went 75 yards in 45 second on just two plays
- 08:33 – UA | Will Reichard kicked a 42-yard field goal to end a six-play, 46-yard drive lasting 3:58,
- 03:42 – UA | Jase McClellan found the endzone crossing the goal line from five yards out which capped a five-play 47-yard drive to give the Crimson Tide its first lead of the day
- 08:17 – UA | Reichard hit his second field goal of the game capping off a 15-play, 56-yard drive lasting 7:51
- 07:26 – UA | On Tennessee’s ensuing drive, Alabama’s Jihaad Campbell picked up a fumble from a quarterback sack and took it 24 yards to paydirt
- Following a bye week next Saturday, Alabama will return to action on Nov. 4 when it closes out the current three-game homestand by hosting LSU