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    Top-Ranked Alabama Blows Away Tennessee

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    By Scott Crumbly
    SEC Digital Network
     
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 1 Alabama faced off with Tennessee for the 97th time on Saturday, and the Crimson Tide took care of business in a 45-10 win over the Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bama (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) went for over 200 yards on the ground in the contest, and quarterback AJ McCarron turned in a typically stellar performance with 275 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
     
    Alabama asserted its dominance from the opening kick in this one, notching three touchdowns in the first quarter before tacking on two more to head into halftime with a 35-0 advantage over the Vols (4-4, 1-3). McCarron tossed both of his touchdowns in the first half, and running back T.J. Yeldon also found the end zone twice before the break to pace the Tide’s offensive attack.
     
    Raijon Neal went for 70 yards and a touchdown on the ground for Tennessee, but the Vols were never able to get much going through the air. As a team, UT completed just 13 of its 28 pass attempts on the afternoon and was picked off twice by the Crimson Tide defense, which was playing its first game without safety Vinnie Sunseri.
     
    Kevin Norwood and Amari Cooper combined to catch 11 passes for Alabama for a total of 187 yards and two scores in the win.
     
    Statistical Leaders
     
    Alabama
     
    Passing – AJ McCarron, 19-for-27, 275 yards, 2 TD
    Rushing – T.J. Yeldon, 15 car, 72 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving – Kevin Norwood, 6 rec, 112 yards, TD
     
    Tennessee
     
    Passing – Justin Worley, 8-for-15, 120 yards, 2 INT
    Rushing – Raijon Neal, 13 car, 70 yards, TD
    Receiving – Marquez North, 4 rec, 87 yards
     
    Quick Notes
    Alabama now holds a 50-38-7 advantage in the all-time series against Tennessee, which dates back to 1901.
    The Crimson Tide has now won seven consecutive games in the series.
    Alabama only surrendered one touchdown on the day, and since the start of the 2009 season the Crimson Tide defense has only allowed 78 total, which is by far the fewest in the nation in that span. The second fewest TDs allowed in that span is 113 by LSU entering the week.
    The Volunteers have not defeated a top-ranked team since Sept. 28, 1985 when they took down Auburn.