Alabama sophomore wide receiver D.J. Hall had a career best 10 receptions, the most important of which was the last one, a 43-yard gain that led to Bama's game-winning field goal. It was one of the few outstanding offensive statistics in a game dominatged by defense at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday.
Hall's 10 receptions were good for 139 yards. Brodie Croyle completed 17 of 27 passes for 190 yards and did not suffer an interception. It was Croyle's 10th straight win as Alabama's starting quarterback, but his second in a row without a touchdown pass.
Keith Brown had two receptions for 38 yards, Kenneth Darby two for eight yards, and Le'Ron McClain one for five.
Darby was the game's leading rusher, although the Southeastern Conference rushing leader had his streak of 100-yard games end. Darby had 23 carries for 86 yards, the longest a 19-yard run on the first play of the second half. As a measure of how tough rushing yards were against Tennessee's defense, wide receiver Keith Brown was second with one carry for six yards. Glen Coffee had two runs for five yards, McClain one for four, and Tim Castille one for three. Croyle was sacked five times and finished with six carries for losses totaling 34 yards.
Jeremy Schatz had a clutch day as punter with six kicks for 231 yards, including two downed inside the 20.
And Jamie Christensen was good on two of three field goals, a 33-yarder on the final play of the third quarter and a 34-yarder with 13 seconds to play that accounted for all Alabama points in the 6-3 victory.
Alabama had a slight end in team statistics.
Bama had 15 first downs (seven rushing, seven passing, and one by penalty) to 12 for Tennessee (seven rushing, five passing).
Alabama had 35 rushes for 67 net yards, Tennessee 35 rushes for 109 net yards.
Alabama completed 17 of 27 passes for 190 yards with no interceptions (all by Croyle), while Tennessee was 11-of-19 for 144 yards with one interception (on the final play of the game by DeMeco Ryans).
Bama had total offense of 62 plays for 257 yards, an average of 4.1 yards per play. Tennessee had total offense of 54 plays for 253 yards, an average of 4.7 yards per play.
Perhaps the most critical statistic was "Fumbles Lost." Tennessee fumbled four times and lost three, including two inside the Alabama 10-yard line. Alabama fumbled twice and lost one.
Alabama was penalized four times for 19 yards, and Tennessee 10 times for 74 yards.
Bama had a four-minute edge in time of possession, 32:07 to 27:53.
On third down plays, the Vols were successful on four of 13 and Bama on four of 15. Both teams tried one fourth down play and both came up short.
DeMeco Ryans was Bama's leading tackler, six primary stops and five assists for 11 total and had one tackloe for a loss. He recovered a fumble and had an interception on the final play of the game. Wallace Gilberry also had a fumble recovery and Alabama as a team gets credit for the fumble out of the end zone resulting in a touchback.
Freddie Roach was in on nine tackles (three primary six assist). Ramzee Robinson and Roman Harper had six tackles, both with four primary and two assists. Harper was in on one tackle for loss and caused two fumbles. Charlie Peprah also caused a fumble, and he was in on five tackles, three primary. He is also credited with a pass broken up, but it was actually a near interception that Tennessee receiver Jayson Swain broke up. Gilberry was also in on five tackles, one primary, and had a tackle for loss. His tackle for loss was a huge play, a 10-yard setback for the Vols when they had the ball at Bama's 32 and threatening in the second quarter. Tennessee ended up punting. He also had one quarterback hurry.
Rudy Griffin was in on four tackles including one for a loss and Mark Anderson was in on three, including one in pass coverage that he made for a two-yard loss. Matt Miller, who has held on the two winning field goals the past two weeks, had two tackles on special teams. Jeremy Clark was in on two tackles, including one for a loss. Simeon Castille and Jusan Simpson were also in on two tackles.
Anthony Madison had a pass break-up and was one of six players in on one tackle. The others were Terrence Jones, Dominic Lee, Rashad Johnson, Bobby Greenwood, and Keith Saunders, who was in on a tackle for a loss.