With the 19-14 victory today, Alabama has now won the last nine matchups against the Tennessee Volunteers. This has always been a heated rivalry between the two teams and it gets better every year.
Tennessee got the ball to start the game, and went 50 yards in 11 plays. The Tide's defense was able to get a stop at the 25 yard line, forcing the Vols to attempt a field goal. With the chance to get the first points of the game, Tennessee kicker Aaron Medley missed the 43-yard attempt, giving some momentum to Alabama.
Alabama was able to score fast on the next drive. Running back Derrick Henry ran for 20 yards and got the touchdown, putting the Tide up 7-0. Tennessee came right back and tied up the game with an 11-yard complete pass to Josh Smith. Both teams tightened up on defense and neither scored another point in the first half.
Aaron Medley missed two field goals in the first half and one in the second half. Tennessee could have really used those nine points and could have very possibly beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Alabama fans know the feeling all too well when it comes to missed field goals. Field goal kicker Adam Griffith made both of his field goal attempts today but has had a very up and down season so far. The special teams game could have honestly gone either way, but it was in favor of the Tide and led to the victory.
Both the Tide and the Volunteers had tremendous defensive efforts tonight, and the score reflects that. Both teams were able to force a turnover. Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph picked off Jake Coker in the second quarter. With 1:18 left in the game, Ryan Anderson forced Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs to fumble which gave Alabama the control to run out the clock to end the game. Both teams had five sacks a piece, so that shows just how tough it was for these quarterbacks at times.
The final chance for the Tide to take the lead ended with a 14-yard rushing touchdown by Derrick Henry. This gave the Tide a 19-14 advantage with 2:24 left in the game. Henry ended the game with 28 carries, 143 yards, and two touchdowns. He also extended his streak to 13 games with at least one touchdown. This is the longest streak in Alabama history.
Former Volunteer hero Peyton Manning was on the sidelines for this game, but he left Bryant-Denny demoralized. Alabama is still ruling over the boys from Knoxville.
Tennessee will be playing the Kentucky Wildcats next week at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. The Wildcats are 4-2 for the season. This could be an interesting game for both teams in an SEC East showdown. The game will air on the SEC Network at 7:30 PM EST.
Alabama will be heading into a bye week before going head to head against the LSU Tigers in Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7th. This will feature two top running backs and could very well decide if Derrick Henry or Leonard Fournette will be named a Heisman Finalist. The game does not have a start time as of right now.