NCAAF Game Recap - Tennessee at Alabama
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 9:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tennessee (2-5)

7

3

3

0

13

(1) Alabama (7-0)

14

7

7

7

35

No. 1 Alabama survives Tua injury, beats Tennessee 35-13
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:52 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama leaned on the old formula once quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with an ankle injury: big defensive plays and running the ball.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide turned to the defense and tailback Najee Harris once the high-flying passing game was grounded, pulling out a 35-13 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night.

The Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) faced its first test of the season without last season's Heisman Trophy runner-up against the five-touchdown underdogs. Both starting quarterbacks left the game before halftime, and the Volunteers (2-5, 1-3) put up a fight much of the way.

Tagovailoa exited with a left ankle injury in the second quarter and coach Nick Saban said he is likely to miss the next game against Arkansas. He called time before the play clock ran out after a sack.

"Tua came out of the game, I didn't even know he was hurt," Saban said. "We called timeout because the shot clock was running out. He said he felt like he twisted his ankle and Mac (Jones) had to go in. I didn't have time to give him a pep talk or anything."

He told teammates he'd be "back for LSU" on Nov. 9, linebacker Terrell Lewis said.

Tennessee freshman Brian Maurer had already left with a concussion for the second straight week, replaced by former starter Jarrett Guarantano.

The end result was familiar: Alabama's 13th consecutive win over the rival Vols.

"This is the first time we really had to grind one out and we really had to make plays," Saban said.

The biggest came when Trevon Diggs recovered Guarantano's fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and raced 100 yards for a touchdown to end the threat. Tennessee could have cut the deficit to a touchdown, down 28-13.

Diggs said he knew he was going to score.

"There was a lot of green grass," he said. "It was probably my favorite play since I've been here."

Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt had some angry words for Guarantano as the quarterback walked toward the sideline, pointing his finger toward him and briefly grabbing at his facemask.

"We've run two quarterback sneaks earlier in the game by pushing the pile," Pruitt said. "We could either go back with it or run a sneak, and we elected to run a sneak and he shouldn't have jumped over the top.

"He should have pushed it there over the middle."

Harris was already delivering before Tagovailoa's injury. He wound up running for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 48 yards on four catches. It was the second straight 100-yard game for a playmaker often overshadowed by Tagovailoa and the passing game.

Alabama got a cushion when reserve wide receiver Slade Bolden threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Miller Forristall in the end zone with 4:55 in the third. Bolden did a celebratory dance toward the sideline, where he was swarmed by teammates.

It was a needed pick-me-up with the Vols riding momentum and having cut it to 21-13 with a field goal. The defense then made a stop with Lewis sacking Guarantano on third down.

Tagovailoa finished 11-of-12 passing for 155 yards but also threw an interception on first-and-goal from the 2 when he scrambled around and forced the ball. Jones passed for 72 yards and is expected to get his first start.

TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: Came closer to the Tide than any other opponent this season. Had 13 penalties for 93 yards. Guarantano was 7 of 16 for 55 yards. Maurer was 5 of 7 for 62 yards with an interception.

Alabama: Survived a rare bad decision by Tagovailoa and his injury. A young defense delivered when it had to. Alabama also was heavily penalized, flagged eight times for 93 yards.

PRUITT ON OFFICIATING

"We've played six games, and we've been the least penalized team in the SEC," the Vols coach said. "Probably got more penalties in the first quarter than we've gotten in an entire game this year."

He added: "I know this, they hit our quarterback and he got a concussion and there wasn't no flag."

TARGETING

Tennessee middle linebacker Daniel Bituli was ejected for targeting in the second quarter for a hit on receiver Jerry Jeudy near the goal line. The Vols were without linebacker Henry To'o To'o for the first half for a targeting infraction against Mississippi State.

ICING THE KICKER

When Alabama's Joseph Bulovas lined up for a 41-yard field goal attempt late in the first half, Tennessee called time. Then another one, and finally a third while Tide fans booed. The strategy may have worked because Bulovas' kick went wide left.

UP NEXT

Tennessee hosts South Carolina, which lost 38-27 to No. 9 Florida.

Alabama hosts Arkansas, coming off a 51-10 loss to No. 11 Auburn.

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Passing

Tenn Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Shrout 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
B. Maurer 7 5 71.4 0 62 20 1 58.9
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Tagovailoa 12 11 91.7 0 155 48 1 84.0
M. Jones 11 6 54.5 0 72 21 0 74.8

Rushing

Tenn Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Jordan 17 94 5.5 33 0
T. Chandler 4 23 5.8 25 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Harris 21 105 5.0 15 2
B. Robinson Jr. 7 40 5.7 11 1

Receiving

Tenn Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jennings 6 66 11.0 18 0
J. Palmer 1 20 20.0 20 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Ruggs III 4 72 18.0 48 0
N. Harris 4 48 12.0 21 0

Fumbles

Tenn F FL
J. Guarantano 1 1

Returning

Tenn KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Callaway 2 18.5 0 21 1 22.0 0 22
T. Chandler 3 14.0 0 15 0 - 0 0
Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 0 - 0 0 2 17.5 0 22
H. Ruggs III 2 21.5 0 24 0 - 0 0

Punting

Tenn Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Doyle 3 117 39.0 45
P. Brooks 2 66 33.0 38
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Perine 2 93 46.5 51
W. Reichard 1 33 33.0 33

Takeaways

Tenn Int Yds InTD
N. Warrior 1 59 0
Ala Int Yds InTD
J. Mayden 1 4 0
T. Diggs 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tenn Ala
Points For 13 35
Total Yards 231 373
Rushing Yards 114 140
Passing Yards 117 233
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/24 18/24
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 0/0
First Downs 18 23
Penalties - Yards 13/93 8/93
Time Of Possession 44:44 16:16
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/15 6/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/37 3/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tenn Ala
Ala 3:38 TD Najee Harris 1 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 7
Tenn 10:39 TD Brian Maurer 2 yd run (Brent Cimaglia kick) 7 7
Ala 13:25 TD Brian Robinson Jr. 9 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter Tenn Ala
Tenn 3:06 FG Brent Cimaglia 37 yd FG 10 14
Ala 5:58 TD Najee Harris 1 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 21
3rd Quarter Tenn Ala
Tenn 6:28 FG Brent Cimaglia 32 yd FG 13 21
Ala 10:05 TD Miller Forristall 6 yd pass from Slade Bolden (Joseph Bulovas kick) 13 28
4th Quarter Tenn Ala
Ala 7:39 TD Trevon Diggs 100 yd fumble return (Joseph Bulovas kick) 13 35

Game Information

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Attendance: 101,821
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