KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama didn’t necessarily have anything to prove Saturday, but the Tide proved plenty anyway, powering to the 49-10 victory against Tennessee.
Alabama had 594 total yards, the most it has gained in a game against the Vols.
The Tide’s 438 yards rushing marked the most it has posted in a game since 1986, when it went for 451 against Tennessee.
Alabama’s offensive players indicated they were happy to have that sort of performance for their coordinator, Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin was Tennessee’s head coach in 2009, when he committed a series of secondary violations to spark a NCAA investigation that hovered over the program and adversely affected recruiting.
“Any game like this is exciting, but with him being a former coach here, it probably means a little more to him,” Tide tight end O.J. Howard said. “I”m just glad we got the chance to make him feel good about this win.”
Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher said the Tide had to adjust to a challenging scheme from UT defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.
“We were making a lot of corrections on the sidelines, and they were throwing a lot at us as far as pressure early on,” said Pierschbacher, who plays left guard. “I think it means a lot that we can go out there in a tough circumstance against a team like this and just put on the show that we did.
“I think it means a lot to (Kiffin). Our offense was clicking tonight.”