Quarterly Report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Alabama's 12-10 defeat of Tennessee Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa:

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A 23-yard punt return by Dennis Rogan gave Tennessee the ball at its 46-yard line on its opening possession against Alabama. The Vols advanced to Bama's 33-yard line but Javier Arenas dropped Montario Hardesty for a six-yard loss and UT had to punt. The Vols advanced to Bama's 42-yard line on their next possession, then Jonathan Crompton was intercepted. Bama's Leigh Tiffin booted a 38-yard field goal with 1:22 left in the quarter to produce a 3-0 lead.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-eight at UT's 35-yard line, Rogan was flagged for pass interference against Julio Jones. Instead of punting the ball away, Bama wound up getting Tiffin's field goal four plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Julio Jones. After catching just 13 balls in the Tide's first seven games, he caught four passes for 38 yards in the opening quarter vs. UT.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's six rushing attempts netted just 8 yards. Crompton completed just 3 of 6 passes but gained 68 yards on them.



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The Vols marched to a second-and-goal at Bama's 6-yard line but settled for a 24-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal that tied the score at 3-all. A short kickoff by Chad Cunningham was returned 30 yards by Terry Grant to the Bama 45-yard line, however. Bama advanced just 22 yards but that was enough to enable Tiffin to hit a 50-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbar, giving Bama a 6-3 lead. Tiffin added a 22-yarder on the Tide's next possession, extending the lead to 9-3. Tennessee marched to the Bama 30-yard line but Lincoln's 47-yard field-goal try fell two yards short on the final play of the half.
KEY PLAY

Tiffin's 50-yard field goal. In addition to the lead, it gave the Tide an emotional lift and got the home crowd more active.

KEY PLAYER

Rogan. He blanketed Julio Jones on two throws into the end zone from the 5-yard line, forcing Bama to settle for Tiffin's third field goal and a 9-3 lead.

KEY STAT

Tennessee did not allow a sack in the first half, even though Bama entered Saturday's game leading the SEC in sacks.



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Tennessee's second possession of the half lasted 13 plays and consumed 7:49 of clock time but produced no points. UT advanced to a first-and-10 at Bama's 31-yard line only to have a sack, a delay penalty and a poorly executed swing pass result in fourth-and-30 near midfield. There was no scoring in the quarter, although Tennessee was driving again as the period ended.
KEY PLAY

An 11-yard sack by Javier Arenas moved UT from the Tide 31-yard line to the 42 and pushed the Vols out of range for a field goal that could've trimmed the deficit to 9-6.

KEY PLAYER

Arenas. In addition to his crucial sack he had a 24-yard punt return during the quarter.

KEY STAT

After seeing Alabama pile up an 18:35-11:25 time of possession advantage in the first half, Tennessee won the TOP battle 11:53-3:07 in the third period.



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Continuing a drive begun in the third quarter, Tennessee advanced to the Tide 17-yard line. A holding call against Cory Sullins stalled the drive, however, then Lincoln had a 43-yard field goal blocked. Tiffin booted a 49-yarder to extend Bama's lead to 12-3 with 6:31 left. A three-and-out by the Vols, followed by a roughing-the-kicker penalty against UT's Chris Donald, gave Bama a first-and-10 at its 37-yard line with 3:43 to go. Eric Berry stripped Mark Ingram of the ball, however, and Tennessee recovered at Bama's 43-yard line. Crompton hit Gerald Jones with an 11-yard touchdown pass eight plays later, whittling the deficit to 12-10 with 1:19 to play. Tennessee's Denarius Moore recovered a perfectly executed onsides kick, and UT had the ball at its 41-yard line with 1:16 to play. A 13-yard pass to Jones and a 24-yarder to Luke Stocker got the Vols in position to try a game-winning field goal on the final play but Terrence Cody blocked Lincoln's 44-yard attempt.
KEY PLAY

Cody's blocked kick. Few games come down to the final play. This one did.

KEY PLAYER

Cody. He was responsible for both of the kicks Lincoln had blocked in the final period - either of which would've won the game for Tennessee.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's fourth-quarter score ended Bama's streak of 11 periods without surrendering a touchdown.



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Game #: 1162
Site: Tuscaloosa
Date: Oct. 24
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Crimson Tide - Saban


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