Alabama’s Derrick Henry Lights It Up

Although it wasn’t part of the record watch, it was very good to see Derrick Henry get his second touchdown of the day Saturday. It proved to be the winning points in Alabama’s come-from-behind 19-14 victory over Tennessee in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

When Derrick Henry had his first touchdown, on Alabama’s first offensive series of the game, that 20-yard run made it 13 consecutive games in which he has had a TD. Lucky 13 for Bama.

Here are notes from Alabama’s 19-14 win over Tennessee:

Henry’s 13-game streak is the longest active streak in the nation. The streak is also the longest in Alabama history, with the previous high being 10 by Terry Davis during the 1971 and 1972 seasons. The last time Henry failed to score a touchdown was in the LSU game last season on Nov. 8.

His next opportunity to extend it comes in two weeks when Alabama hosts LSU in Bryant-Denny on Nov. 7.

Henry’s 143-yard performance against Tennessee pushed him past the century mark for the 10th time in his career, and the fifth 100-plus performance this season. The 10 games for 100 or more ranks him eighth in Alabama history. He went for 148 at Georgia, 127 against Ole Miss, and 147 yards with three touchdowns against Wisconsin to open the 2015 campaign. Henry had a 141-yard performance against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game last season. He also went for 111 on 20 carries with a score against Florida and 113 on 17 carries with a touchdown against West Virginia in 2014. As a freshman, Henry produced a Sugar Bowl game against Oklahoma that saw the first-year back go for 100 yards on eight attempts with a touchdown, while also collecting 111 yards on six carries with a score against Arkansas.

Henry earned the starting nod at tailback this season and has filled that role every game since. With 143 yards rushing versus Tennessee, in 10 games as a starter, he has rushed for 1,246 yards on 205 carries (6.08 yards per carry) with 16 touchdowns. Prior to 2015, Henry started only two games - Western Carolina and Ohio State in 2014 - but in those 10 combined starts, he has proven to be worthy. He has collected at least one rushing touchdown in each start, and has double-digit scoring in five.

He has 11 pass receptions for 132 yards (12.0 yards per catch) with one receiving score.

Alabama and Tennessee met on Saturday for the 98th time in a series that the Crimson Tide now leads, 53-37-8. The Crimson Tide has won the last nine meetings against the Vols, the longest run for Alabama in the series since an 11-game winning streak from 1971-81.

With the win over an unranked Tennessee team on Saturday, Alabama has defeated 58 consecutive unranked teams under ninth-year head coach Nick Saban. The last loss to an unranked team came against Auburn to close out the 2007 season. The current streak began with a win over Colorado on Dec. 30, 2007, in the Independence Bowl. Under Saban, Alabama holds a 62-3 mark against unranked opponents, including a perfect mark in unranked matchups every season since 2008.

Alabama and Tennessee entered halftime tied at 7-7. With the win, the Crimson Tide is now 4-3 under Saban when tied at halftime. In addition to today’s 19-14 victory over the Vols, Alabama also beat LSU in 2008, (27-21), Auburn in 2009 (26-21) and Tennessee in 2011 (37-6) all when tied at the half.

Ryan Kelly was back in the starting lineup for Alabama after the senior center had gone out of last week’s game at Texas A&M with a concussion.

When right tackle Dominic Jackson was injured, Alabama put Bradley Bozeman in at left guard and moved left guard Ross Pierschbacher to right tackle.

Alabama players wore stickers on their helmets, the number 28, in honor and memory of their former teammate, Altee Tenpenny, who was killed in an automobile accident earlier in the week.

Honorary captain for Alabama was Lee Roy Jordan.

Crimson Tide captains were tight end O.J. Howard, defensive end Jonathan Allen, and linebacker Reggie Ragland.


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