Alabama won its eighth overall game in a row and twelfth in a row against Tennessee defeating the Vols 58-21 in Neyland Stadium. The Tide were up 28-0 in the first quarter and the rout continued from there.
Tua looked healthy and sharp
Tua Tagovailoa started guns blazing throwing three first half touchdowns. He finished 19-of-29 for 306 yards and four touchdowns on the day.
Tua did miss throws here and there, completing 67% of his passes, his second lowest completion percentage in a game this year.
“It was really windy out there today,” Nick Saban said after the game excusing Tua’s incompletions. “I mean really windy. And a few of his passes that he would normally probably make were affected a little but.”
Even so, completing 67% of your passes is still solid. Tua didn’t seem to favor his knee even when running. Even if it is sore, he’ll have plenty of time to rest his knee before the LSU game in two weeks.
Alabama’s run game solid
Lead by Josh Jacobs’ 12 carries, 68 yards and two touchdowns, the Tide rushing attack was more than serviceable. Alabama as a team rushed 42 times for 218 yards, 5.2 yards per carry with four touchdowns.
Gaudy rushing numbers aren’t necessary for this offense anymore given the dynamic passing game and being able to average over five yards a carry makes this inarguably the best offense in college football.
New punter, better result
Alabama has a good day punting behind a new punter, senior Mike Bernier. Bernier flipped the field on both of Alabama’s punts Saturday.
Bernier punted twice for a total of 82 yards. His first punt took Alabama deep out of its own end zone and set up Tennessee at midfield.
Bernier was impressive and could be the starter going forward considering how Skyler DeLong has struggled this year. They’ll need someone who can get them out of situations like this with LSU coming up.
Defense plays well
Even when Tennessee threw them a wrinkle with a different quarterback being put into the game, the Alabama defense played well, giving up 14 points. The Tide held Tennessee to only 258 total yards of offense.
The Vols completed just 3-of-13 on third downs and rushed for 31 yards on 30 carries.
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