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Highlights: Alabama 45 Tennessee 10

Video Highlights of Alabama vs Tennessee

Watch as Alabama defeats Tennessee in the annual SEC rivalry game.

Alabama defeats Tennessee

Alabama crushed Tennessee to improve to seven straight wins in the rivalry. Alabama won 45-10, and it wasn’t even that close as the halftime score was 35-0.

Even Nick Saban was happy in his post-game press conference.

“I’m really happy, our players are really happy, and I hope our fans are really happy,” Alabama Coach Nick Saban said. “I certainly appreciated our fans today. They stayed for the game and did a great job of supporting our team. It was a great atmosphere for our players to play in. This is a 110 year old rivalry that means a lot to a lot of people in the state of Alabama. I’m very proud of the job that the players and the coached did. We played especially well in the first half.”

Key Stats
Kevin Norwood caught six passes for 112 yards, including one touchdown while Amari Cooper caught five balls for 75 yards and a TD. Kenyon Drake and T.J. Yeldon combined for 161 of Alabama’s 204 yards of net rushing on the day. Yeldon scored three rushing touchdowns against the Vols. AJ McCarron threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns on 19 of 27 passing. Landon Collins led the Crimson Tide defense with six tackles and an interception return for a touchdown.

Alabama WR Kevin Norwood catches a touchdown pass from AJ McCarron in Alabama’s big win over Tennessee. Photo by Kent Gidley/UA

Alabama vs Tennessee Post Game Notes

Via UA Media Relations
GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for today’s game against Tennessee were AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Ed Stinson. The Crimson Tide won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

TENNESSEE SERIES: Alabama leads the series with Tennessee, 50-38-7, in a series that dates back to the 1901 season. The Crimson Tide has won the last seven meetings, which is the first seven-game winning streak in the series since 1986-92.


FIRST HALF SHUTOUT: For the ninth time in its last 12 games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half. In addition to today’s game, the Crimson Tide shut out Arkansas (Oct. 19, 2013), Kentucky (Oct. 12, 2013), Georgia State (Oct. 5, 2013), Ole Miss (Sept. 28, 2013), Colorado State (Sept. 21, 2013), Notre Dame (Jan. 7, 2013), Auburn (Nov. 24, 2012) and Western Carolina (Nov. 17, 2012) during the first two quarters of play.

COLLINS’ PICK SIX IS FIFTH LONGEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Landon Collins’ 89-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter against Tennessee was the fifth longest in program history. It was also the first interception and first touchdown for the sophomore as well as the 34th non-offensive touchdown in the Saban era.

HARD TO FIND END ZONE AGAINST ALABAMA: Since the start of the 2009 season, no defense has allowed fewer touchdowns than the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s defense, led by coordinator Kirby Smart and head coach Nick Saban, has surrendered just 78 touchdowns over the last 62 games. Entering today’s game, the Football Bowl Subdivision average during that span was 191 touchdowns allowed.

10 POINTS OR FEWER: Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 47 times since the start of the 2007 season. Alabama has held 7-of-8 opponents to 10 points or less in 2013 after limiting seven of its opponents to 10 points or less in 2012, four of which were shutouts. The Tide was successful in holding opponents in the 0-10 point range in nine games in 2011 and eight times in 2010. Alabama limited opponents to that range seven times in both 2008 and 2009, and in 2007 posted two games in which it held opponents to 0-10 points. Alabama has shut out the opposition 12 times during the Saban era.


RUSHING TDs: For the 17th consecutive game, Alabama has recorded at least one rushing touchdown, and has had multiple scores on the ground in 15 of those 17 contests. T.J. Yeldon recorded a career-high three rushing scores against Tennessee.

SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With Amari Cooper’s 54-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 164 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.

TOTAL OFFENSE MARGIN: Through the first two games of the 2013 season, Alabama was outgained by 66 yards of total offense. Over the past five contests, the Crimson Tide has outgained its opposition by a staggering 1,521 yards (2,928 yards to 1,407).

NORWOOD RECORDS CAREER HIGH YARDAGE: Kevin Norwood reached the 100-yard milestone for the first time in his career, finishing the game with 112 yards, including a long of 34, and one touchdown.

QB PROTECTION: Alabama has not allowed a sack since the third quarter of the Ole Miss game on Sept. 28. That is four straight games without a sack and part of a fifth game, spanning a total of 17 quarters.

RUSHING TO SUCCESS: Alabama is 57-0 since the start of the 2008 season when rushing for at least 140 yards. The Crimson Tide recorded 204 yards on the ground in the win over Tennessee, led by Kenyan Drake’s 89-yard outing.

TIDE SCORES 104 UNANSWERED POINTS: Alabama scored 104 unanswered points, spanning from the 1:10 mark in the third quarter at Kentucky on Oct. 12 to the 12:53 mark against Tennessee today. The streak is the fifth longest in program history, with the top spot being held by the 1961 team that outscored opponents 195-0 through seven games.

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