No. 1 Alabama pulls away to defeat Tennessee

Where UT coaches were in 2006 when Vols last beat ‘Bama

Where UT coaches were in 2006 when Vols last beat ‘Bama

A limping Tagovailoa was seen heading into the sideline medical tent in the second quarter as Alabama backup quarterback Mac Jones entered the game, and the Heisman contender soon walked to the locker room without assistance.

If he's also inherited the former Buckeyes head coach's maddening propensity for completely boofing a random game each year, a lane could open for the victor of this game to change the entire complexion of the 2019 college football season.

Tagovailoa did not return for the final few minutes of the quarter and missed the entire second half. Tagovailoa would end the game with 155 yards and 1 INT. And Brian Robinson Jr. made a name for himself against Tennessee as he finished the game with 7 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown.

But the biggest play of the evening came when Alabama needed it the most.

Maurer was 5 of 7 for 62 yards with an interception before departing late in the first quarter with a possible concussion.

Jones hit on 6 of 11 attempts for 72 yards.

The Tide improves to 7-0 and 4-0 in conference play, with Tennessee dropping to 2-35 and 1-3 in the conference.

Alabama junior outside Terrell Lewis posted his second consecutive two-sack game Saturday, along with a career-high seven tackles, including three for loss, to power a resurgent defensive effort.

Alabama's defense also found its way into the end zone when senior cornerback Trevon Diggs fielded a fumble by Vols backup quarterback Jarrett Guarantano on a fourth-and-goal leap over the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown to go ahead 35-13 with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter. Najee Harris finished the game with 21 carries for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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