No. one AL routs struggling rival Tennessee, 45-7

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Source:   —  October 21, 2017, at 8:44 PM

-- AL went into halftime up by three touchdowns and not particularly happy. The top-ranked Crimson Tide was in a better mood after finishing off a 45-7 triumph over TN on Saturday, setting off the rivalry'south traditional lighting of celebratory cigars throughout Bryant-Denny Stadium.

No. one AL routs struggling rival Tennessee, 45-7

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AL went into halftime up by three touchdowns and not particularly happy. The top-ranked Crimson Tide was in a better mood after finishing off a 45-7 triumph over TN on Saturday, setting off the rivalry'south traditional lighting of celebratory cigars throughout Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bo Scarbrough had two fourth-down touchdown runs and AL (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) improved to 11-0 in the Third Saturday in Oct game below coach Nick Saban. Being up "only" twenty-one-0 at halftime didn't cost the Tide. "Yeah, we scored 21 points but it wasn't our type of football," quarterback Jalen Hurts said. "We kind of turned it up when we came back in the second half." The stat sheet indicated it was more of a wire-to-wire domination. AL outgained TN 604-108 in total yards even with reserves manning the offensive backfield most of the second half. The result was another blow to the slumping Volunteers (3-4, 0-4) and embattled coach Butch Jones, who said against `Bama "every error you create is magnified." Alabama, meanwhile, converted twice on fourth down from the one with defensive linemen Da'Ron Payne and Quinnen Williams serving as Scarbrough'south lead blockers. "When the ball'south interior the one-yard line, I don't know that there'south ever been a time when we didn't go for it," Saban said. Hurts capped the opening second half drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight finish Irv Smith and then watched from the sideline the rest of the way. The Vols did click a streak of twelfth-plus quarters without a touchdown after that move. Linebacker Daniel Bituli intercepted Tua Tagovailoa'south pass and raced ninety-seven yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. After the play, defensive back Rashaan Gaulden was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after flipping a double bird at Alabama'south learner section. Gaulden apologized after the game. "Well that'south unacceptable," Jones said. "That'south something that'll be dealt with internally in our football program, but that'south not who we are, that'south not what we're about. But he knew that. We spoke about it, and he feels bad about it." Tagovailoa added large plays after his own mistake. He scored on a 23-yard running and then hit fellow freshman Henry Ruggs III for a 60-yard touchdown with 4:49 left. Ruggs has five catches this season, all going for scores. "We stuck with (Tagovailoa) so he could look that we'd confidence in him and he continued to play well," Saban said. AL made a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter with the stands mostly still packed and fans celebrating nearly love it was a game-saver. TN helped with a penalty from the one. "The thing that'south just -- it'south absolutely tearing me up -- we've second-and-goal on the 1, and we leap offside," Jones said. "Presently it'south second-and-goal on the 6." And AL was left with something else to celebrate. THE TAKEAWAY Tennessee: Has lost eight of its last ten SEC games. Making his second career start, Jarrett Guarantano was held to forty-four yards on 9-of-16 passing and sacked four times. Tailback John Kelly gained sixty-three yards on 12 carries. Alabama: The defense was powerful as ever, but the offense and special teams each had turnovers. Hurts was a solid 13-of-21 passing for one hundred ninety-eight yards. Damien Harris ran for seventy-two yards and a touchdown. large PENALTIES TN defensive finish Jonathan Kongbo had two personal foul penalties that helped set up AL touchdowns. Then, Gaulden topped that after the Vols' pick-six, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Gaulden apologized after the game, saying the behavior "was very out of character." "That'south not how my parents raised me," he said. "That'south not how a boss of the team should indicate their emotions on the field. I really, sincerely apologize to the learner portion at AL for disrespecting them." MEETING HOLLOWAY Hurts got to visit with former TN quarterback Condredge Holloway after the game. Holloway was the SEC'south first black starting quarterback in one thousand nine hundred seventy-second. "He kind of set the (stage) for African-American quarterbacks, and it was a pleasure to meet him," Hurts said. UP following Tennessee: Visits fellow SEC E team KY seeking its first league win. Alabama: Has an open date before hosting No. twenty-four LSU. --- More AP college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/AP-Top25

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