Notes From Bama's Win Over Tennessee
Alabama improved its record to 47-38-7 against Tennessee (and actual on-the-field, 48-37-8(=). The Crimson Tide is one of the few teams to have a winning record in Knoxville. Bama is now 21-18-1 against the Volunteers in Knoxville.
Alabama junior wide receiver Julio Jones, playing with a broken hand, pulled in 12 passes for a school record 221 yards. the old record for receiving yards in a game had been set in 1993 by David Palmer against Vanderbilt, 211 yards. Jones had five receptions in the first quarter.
Jones 12 receptions was one short of the Tide record of 13, set by D.J. Hall against Tennessee in 2007.
Jones moved past the 2,000-yard mark in career receiving yards with 2,189, becoming the third player in Alabama history to eclipse the total. Jones also moved into second on the Alabama career receiving yards list. He joined DJ Hall (2,923 yards from 2004-07) and Ozzie Newsome (2,070 yards from 1974-77) in eclipsing 2,000 receiving yards in a career.
Senior quarterback Greg McElroy ended the Tennessee game with 32 pass attempts without an interception. That extended his stretch of passes thrown without an interception to 121. That total ranks 6th in Alabama history. McElroy owns three of the six longest streaks in Alabama history. He also had a 149-pass streak in 2009-10 that ranks third and a 141-pass streak this season that ranks fourth.
When Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole went 59 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, it was the first time this year Bama had given up a play of over 50 yards. Alabama came into the game as one of only 11 major college football teams not to have given up a play of over 50 yards this year.
Poole finished the game with 14 carries for 117 yards. He became the first opposing runner to have 100 or more yards since Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis did it for Ole Miss in 2007. Bama had gone 41 games without allowing 100 yards to an opposing rusher.
Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley had promised he was going to get his freshman quarterback, Tyler Bray, into the game in the first half. His debut was not a good one. After an incomplete pass (on which Alabama declined a penalty), the Vols were victimized by a motion penalty and a delay of game. And when trying to punt, had a holding. The Vols ended up starting a drive at the 24 and punting from the eight.
Alabama captains were linebacker Dont'a Hightower, offensive lineman David Ross, and defensive end Marcell Dareus.
Attendance was 102,455.
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