Alabama 52, Tennessee 24 Reaction
If you watched the broadcast, you would’ve thought Alabama was sloppy, ragged, and about to fall apart as a college football program.
The stats don’t tell the whole story – it did take a while to get going and it wasn’t the sharpest of efforts – but …
The Tide only committed four penalties. Tennessee got flagged 12 times.
There was a fumble, but Bama was even on turnover margin.
The O held the ball for well over 40 minutes, and the plan of wearing down the Tennessee D worked with a whopping 33 first downs helped by converting 15-of-20 third down tries.
And yet Nick Saban looked all game long like he wanted to tear someone’s head off.
Give credit to Tennessee and banged up QB Hendon Hooker – one of the more underappreciated talents in college football. He bombed away for 282 yards and three touchdowns, but there wasn’t any running game and the Vol defense broke down late.
Yeah, it was too tight going into the fourth quarter, but Alabama cranked up the offense when it absolutely needed to, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter. Brian Robinson ran for three scores, Bryce Young threw for 371 yards with two touchdown passes and two scoring runs, and …
It’s Alabama. It doesn’t measure blowout victories like everyone else.