Alabama avoids upset, beats Tennessee, 19-14
No. 8 Alabama beat Tennessee, 19-14, on Saturday evening in Tuscaloosa.
Derrick Henry rushed for his second touchdown of the game with 2:24 remaining. Quarterback Jake Coker threw behind Calvin Ridley on the ensuing two-point attempt, giving the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 SEC) a five-point lead its defense held onto on the ensuing drive.
Here’s how the teams got to a 7-7 tie at halftime:
Vols pass rush
Tennessee is having its way with the Alabama offensive line. Tackle Cam Robinson has been burned twice for sacks, and Coker made a poor decision on an interception in Vols territory.
“We’re having too many negative plays on offense, and they’re all coming on pass plays,” coach Nick Saban said during a halftime interview. “Pass protection. We’ve got places to go with the ball but we can’t get it there. So we got to do a good job of running the football and controlling the line of scrimmage.”
Dobbs making big plays
Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs almost led an upset over ‘Bama last season, and has been efficient in Tuscaloosa today. He had a passing touchdown to Josh Smith that tied the game in the first quarter.
Two Alabama safeties — Eddie Jackson and Ronnie Harrison — were injured in the first half. Jackson returned in the third quarter.