TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Alabama Crimson Tide fans celebrated with cigars after a 35-13 win over the Tennessee Volunteers in the traditional third Saturday in October matchup.
The Tennessee offense took the field first, but after a quick three and out it was the Tides turn.
It only took Alabama four plays to get Najee Harris into the endzone, but the drive yielded the first of many penalties for both teams. Bama was called for a false start and Tennessee with pass interference and holding.
The Vols had nine penalties the first half that cost them 58 yards. In addition, Tennessee had one turnover and Daniel Bituli was ejected for targeting.
Tennessee’s only trip to the endzone came after Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw his second interception of the season.
Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. had his first carry, a nine yard run, powering his way into the endzone. Najee Harris had a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Tide up 21-10 over Tennessee.
Alabama kicker Joseph Bulovas missed a field goal at the end of the first half.
Mac Jones entered the game at quarterback for Alabama in the second half after Tagovailoa suffered an ankle injury. The injured is expected to keep him out for one to two weeks.
The Tide was able to keep moving without their starting QB as Slade Bolden completed a pass to Miller Forristall for 6 yards and a touchdown, putting Bama up 28-15 over Tennessee.
Tennessee, in a make-or-break moment in the fourth quarter, lined up on 3rd and goal in hopes of closing the gap against Bama. However, Tennessee’s quarterback Jarrett Guarantano fumbled the ball and Alabama’s Trevon Diggs was there for the Alabama recovery. Diggs took the ball back 100 yards for a touchdown. That put Alabama up 35-13 over the Volunteers.