The Alabama Crimson Tide continued its domination by pounding the Tennessee Volunteers in Tuscaloosa by a final of 45-10.
The game was never in doubt, as Alabama jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead behind a very balanced offensive gameplan and a stifling defense. Alabama had 275 yards through the air and 204 on the ground.
Tennessee had no answers for Alabama until an injury to starting quarterback Justin Worley, who went out with an injured hand. Volunteers head coach Butch Jones burned the redshirt of freshman Joshua Dobbs, who showed flashes of brilliance, and led Tennessee on two scoring drives while going 5-of-12 for 75 yards.
Tide quarterback AJ McCarron padded his stats in this game, finishing 19-of-28 for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He had no interceptions in the game. He exited the game in the fourth quarter, and Blake Sims entered in mop-up duty.
Alabama’s ground game ran on all cylinders, with T.J. Yeldon rushing for three touchdowns, and Kenyan Drake picking up 89 yards on the ground.
Fumbles continued to plaque the Tide, with Drake coughing up the ball at the Tennessee one-yard line to end a drive. In the fourth quarter he was stripped of the ball, but the play was ruled dead due to his forward progress being stopped.
Senior Kevin Norwood led all Alabama receivers with 112 yards and a score, and made the highlight reels with this spectacular leaping grab:
Alabama takes the week off now, and will prepare for a showdown with LSU in two weeks in Tuscaloosa.