Alabama earned its fifth win of the year Saturday in a 56-14 rout of Louisiana-Lafayette. The Tide used six different running backs in the game and all three quarterbacks had touchdown passes.
Offense, defense, and special teams each contributed as Alabama had a punt returned for a touchdown and a punt blocked by wide receiver Derek Kief.
Let’s take a deeper look at what stood out for the Tide against the Rajun’ Cajuns.
Offense continues setting records
Not only was this the fourth time in five games that Alabama scored 50-plus points, the Tide have now scored 45-plus points in a record five consecutive games. Also, this is the fifth straight game that Alabama has over 500 yards of offense, a first in program history.
The Tide tallied 608 total yards on the day, 268 of those coming on 46 rushing attempts, good for a 5.8 yards per carry average.
Tua Tagovailoa finished his day perfect, going 8-for-8 for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He has yet to see action in the fourth quarter of a game this year.
Jalen Hurts, who has now played in five games – no redshirting for him – went 4-for-6 for 118 yards and a touchdown while third string quarterback Mac Jones was 1-for-2 for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Jaylen Waddle is a playmaker
No offense to any of the numerous wide receivers who have made plays this season for Alabama, but Jaylen Waddle is the most dynamic player on the offensive side of the ball when he touches it. The freshman continues to dazzle, recording his first punt return for a touchdown on a 63-yard return in the first quarter putting the Tide up 21-0.
Waddle also had a big day as a receiver, catching three passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns, his long being a 94-yarder from Jones.
Alabama simply has to find ways to put the ball in his hands as much as possible.
Tide played clean
Alabama only committed three penalties: an offsides on a kickoff, a holding call on Ross Pierschbacher, and a holding call on backup TE Miller Forristall. The quarterbacks were a combined 13-for-16 for 340 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. None of the six running backs who saw action fumbled.
Alabama also forced a fumble that was recovered by ULL and picked off the Rajun’ Cajuns twice.
Yes, the Tide gave up 200 yards of rushing, but context is key here as Alabama was already up 49-0 at the half. Plenty of second and third string players saw quality time in this game and as Saban said in his post-game press conference, those guys will continue to pick up speed with the first string.
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