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Alabama dominated every phase of the game in a 59-0 rout of Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Alabama football: Crimson Tide finally firing on all cylinders in total win over Vanderbilt

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Back to form

So much for Alabama’s struggling defense.

There are plenty of stats that tell the story of Alabama’s complete dominance over Vanderbilt in a 59-0 win on Saturday afternoon in Nashville. Ben Jones at The Tuscaloosa News, however, picked one of the simplest: 2.5 yards per carry by the Commodores — a complete lack of efficiency in the rushing game that gave Alabama the upper hand it needed to rule every facet of the game.

That defense was buoyed by the return of injured linebackers Anfernee Jennings, Dylan Moses, and most importantly, Rashaan Evans, who was, by all accounts, thrilled to be back on the field.

In other Alabama headlines …

Run to daylight

Six rushing touchdowns, six running backs on the field and effectively more than 500 yards gained on the ground. Alabama’s running game dominated the Commodores all day long, and as running back Damien Harris said to Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News, it’s all because of an invigorated offensive line. That’s why they received the first of Charlie Potter’s seven ‘game balls’ over at BamaOnline. Alabama’s complete domination of the ground game on both sides of the ball led to a win that coach Nick Saban said ‘earned [Alabama] a lot of respect.’

Tua Time

It took a little longer than Saban may have wanted, but backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finally got to show his skill in Nashville on Saturday. The true freshman from Hawaii entered the game with a comfortable lead early in the second half and delivered some truly impressive passes, including one gem of a touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy.

Home-field advantage

There’s a sizable contingent of Alabama alumni in the Nashville metro area, and it appeared every single one of them and then some spent Saturday afternoon in Vanderbilt Stadium. Michael Casagrande’s photo for AL.com tells the story. 

“I want to thank our fans for traveling on the road, taking time out of their weekend to come support us,” running back Bo Scarbrough said. “Once we came out and we saw all the red and white, we kind of figured we’re playing at home. I think that we had more fans than they did.”

That all resulted in one of the more vibrant — and appropriate — road Rammer Jammers in recent memory:

Comedic relief

It’s that man Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson again with How Alabama Fans Watched Week 4.

Built by Bama

Justin Thomas won the FedEx Cup title after finishing second at the PGA Tour Championship on Sunday in Atlanta. Thomas shot a 66 in the final round, besting Jordan Spieth to win the PGA Tour’s overall championship. Thomas walked away with $10 million. 

In the NFL …

  • Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson each had 2 tackles and 1 for a loss as Washington beat Oakland, 27-10. Amari Cooper had 1 catch for 6 yards.
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had 3 tackles and Quinton Dial had 1 as the Packers beat the Bengals in overtime, 27-24.
  • Derrick Henry carried the ball 13 times for 54 yards but left the game early with a bruised thigh as the Titans beat Seattle, 33-27.
  • Landon Collins had 9 tackles, but the Giants lost to Philadelphia, 27-24.
  • Kareem Jackson had 6 tackles as the Patriots barely escaped losing to Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans, 36-33.
  • Mark Ingram carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards and added 2 catches for 30 yards.
  • ArDarius Stewart and Kenyan Drake each had a catch in the Jets’ 20-6 win against Miami that ended with the former Alabama teammates swapping jerseys:

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