BAMA ROLLS PAST VOLS 45-10
Let me start with this:
I hate the Tennessee Vols. Hate 'em. I really do and I was even born in Tennessee. I hate everything about them, from those ugly orange uniforms to their beloved fight song ROCKY TOP, not to mention those hideous checkerboard endzones and the memories from past "THIRD SATURDAY IN OCTOBER" battles that did not go Bama's way. Now, as I'm writing this, recent memories of this contest has been very one-sided and I love it. Tennessee will be better in a year or two and this game may become a rivalry once again. New head coach Butch Jones has awakened the Vol faithful this season with an impressive win over Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina gamecocks but that was over a week ago. This is now. This is ALABAMA FOOTBALL.
Bama took it to the Tennessee Volunteers 45-10 in Knoxville's Neyland Stadium to improve to 8-0. The offense wasted little time in setting the tone for this contest, scoring on the third play of the game as wide-out Amari Cooper raced down the home sideline for a 54 yard TD pass. A J had a great day, completing 19 of 27 passes for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the thing that stood out about the passing game's effectiveness was the time that A J had to throw the ball all day. The offensive line is getting better, folks and it showed. After the game, A J's uniform was clean, clean, clean. That's a good sign for Crimson Nation.
A J doesn't really like Tennessee, finishing his career againt them 4-0. When the Tennessee staff referred to the Crimson Tide as "THE RED TEAM" this week in the press, it didn't sit well with the signal caller from Mobile.
"I felt like we did our jobs today, came out and started fast," said McCarron. "We kind of felt disrespected. They called us the red team all week long and said we didn't deserve to be called Alabama. We wanted to come out and prove that we aren't just any team."
The Bama offense accounted for 479 total yards, 275 through the air and 204 on the ground. The ground game, behind the improving and jelling offensive line, was led by T J Yelding 72 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns, while Kenyon Drake rambled for 89 yards. Wide out Kevin Norwood led the Bama air-attack with 6 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown, including as beautiful an acrobatic catch as you will ever see.