University of Alabama

Alabama football: Keys to Crimson Tide's win at Tennessee

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Key player

Julio Jones. As if there was any question, the Tide receiver pulled in a school record 221 receiving yards on a left hand broken just two weeks earlier. He was instrumental in loosening the Vol defense in the third quarter as the Tide piled up 200 yards and scored three touchdowns to take all the excitement out of the game. Despite playing with the surgically corrected left hand, Jones played with the same physicality that’s become his trademark in three seasons with the Tide.

Key decision

Airing it out. The Alabama offense was sold on throwing the short routes in the past two and a half games and not piling up too many points. With defenses stopping the run, Alabama loosened things up and kick started the second half by throwing deep to Julio Jones on the very first play. His 38-yard reception did more than put the Tide in position to score a touchdown, it freed the offense to get back to its old ways.

Key moment

Robert Lester’s INT. With the Vols driving in the third quarter and the game still not locked up, Tide safety intercepted his fifth pass of the season when Matt Simms put one right in his breadbasket near the Alabama goal line. The Tide then drove 80 yards to put the game out of reach with a Mark Ingram touchdown run making it 34-10.

Quote of the game

“We made a positive impact on each other tonight with the way we came out in the second half and played with the kind of intensity you need to play with to play probably as good as we played all year.”

— Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Numbers

200

Total offensive yards for Alabama in the third quarter when it scored 21 points to turn a tight one into a blow out.

4

More receiving yards for Julio Jones (221) on Saturday than David Palmer (217) had against Vanderbilt in 1993 to break the school’s single-game receiving record.

5, 6

Scores, opportunities for Alabama in the red zone with four touchdowns while Tennessee was 1-for-3 with just one field goal.

— Michael Casagrande

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