Alabama football appeared as if it was playing with the chance of winning.
Kool-Aid McKinstry was rushing towards the goal zone and, even in the event that he couldn’t get there then his Crimson Tide appeared to be in control. Alabama was leading in the closing minutes of the game , and was on the verge of having the ball in Vols territory.
But wait. There was the flag. Pass interference was made on Alabama.
The play was going to come back. Soon following, Tennessee tied the game.
The Crimson Tide, whether it was at the beginning of the game or near the final, simply couldn’t overcome the way of its own.
Tennessee made the most of an incomplete field goal late in the game, and the Vols made the decisive kick to defeat Alabama 52-49 on the weekend at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee ended the streak of losing 15 times to Alabama.
Here are the observations and key takeaways from the match between No. 1 Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC) and No. 8 Tennessee (6-0, 3-0).
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Defense has a tough time to defend itself Hendon Hooker and company with the exception of a couple of errors
Alabama was fully aware of the pace at the Vols offense was operating prior to the game on Saturday. The topic was discussed repeatedly during the course of week. Being aware of it frequently did not matter, however.
The Crimson Tide struggled to get out of Tennessee’s speedy offense. If they blink, the Vols had already run several plays. The speedy pace prevented Alabama from having an impact on Hooker as the Vols offense was awash into the first quarter. Tennessee has already had three scores at the close of the first quarter.
Hooker and receivers continued to look for weak spots in their coverage and Alabama had to come up with ways to disturb a normally clean area for Hooker. This led to a lot of offensive successes and success for the Vols.
Alabama ended up stopping the bleeding and made several spectacular actions as the game moved on. There were some fourth-down stops, and DeMarcco Hellams became the first defenseman to catch Hooker within 11 months. Dallas Turner also recovered a ball that was thrown out for the score.
However, the defense could not resist giving up late plays particularly for Jalin Hyatt. Hyatt cooked up his way through the Crimson Tide secondary.
Then Tennessee ran across the field in the closing minute, and ended with the field goal that won the game.
Infractions and problems with discipline leave Alabama behind in the beginning
It was almost comical how Alabama found ways to be penalized during a 1st quarter play.
Then, there was a hold at the return of kickoff. Tennessee had been leading 14-7 which meant it was time for the Crimson Tide needed to respond. In the opening offensive play, the team was hit with a holding penalty was imposed. Before Alabama could play another game for the game, it was clear that the Crimson Tide had a false beginning. The drive got more and more difficult after that. Combine the penalty with a Traeshon Holden drop as well as James Burnip soon had to punt from the Alabama’s goal line.
The Crimson Tide reached seven penalties to win the game thanks to Burnips punt. The game lasted for more than five minutes. was left in the first half. In the first half , by itself, Alabama had nine penalties for 70 yards.
These obstacles impeded the progress of the Alabama team that was already facing enough trouble with a skilled Tennessee team at an unfriendly Neyland Stadium.
When it comes to mistakes they aren’t more evident than Robinson’s punt return error. After the mistake was made, the Vols were leading 28-10 with 11:41 remaining in the first quarter.
the shoulder that Bryce Young wears is far more perfect
Young was injured in the past? He certainly wasn’t looking like a player just coming off an injury to his shoulder.
He returned to his previous techniques of making defenses fail, stretching plays, and throwing footballs through small window.
His third quarter drive that assist Alabama get its first lead in the game was an absolute success. Young took the lead through the drive, which was a 12-play, 75-yarder which was made possible through his Houdini-like movement and stunning throws. The throw made to tight-end Cameron Latu along the right sideline was remarkable.
Jahmyr Gibbs is continuing remain a gamer
Outside of Young The most likely player to be able to play football with in an the moment of need is Gibbs.
He showed at his best and froze defenders in the process. He was also a shrewd player when it was scoring. He scored three touchdowns rushing at the final quarter of the third quarter.
Another 100-plus-yard rush day for Gibbs the player was the top player in the Alabama offense that was not named Young.