KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Tennessee was no match for No. 1 Alabama on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
The Crimson Tide, who entered the weekend with the nation's best scoring offense, cruised past the Vols 58-21 in front of a more than usual Crimson-colored crowd of 97,087.
The loss gives Tennessee's its 12th straight against Alabama, making the current losing streak the longest for either program in the 101 meetings between the two rivals.
Opening on offense, Alabama used nine plays to score when Tua Tagovailoa connected with Jerry Jeudy from 11 yards out. It wouldn't take long for the Crimson Tide to take another trip to the end zone. After Jarrett Guarantano was sacked by Xavier McKinney for a 22 yard loss before fumbling on the third play of the ensuing possession, Alabama used two plays to punch in its second score. Josh Jacobs scored the 3 yard touchdown 23 seconds after Alabama's first score.
It took the Tide only 11 more seconds to push its lead to 21-0. Following a Tennessee punt, Tagovailoa hit Jaylen Waddle for a 77 yard strike with 8:08 to go in the first quarter.
Alabama would score again on a 3 yard rush from Damien Harris before Tennessee got on the board. Jarrett Guarantano left the game with an upper body injury after being hit on a 30 yard pass to Josh Palmer, who also left the game shaken up on the play. After a 26 yard pass to Ty Chandler, Keller Chryst's second pass in the game went to Chandler again for a 10 yard touchdown. With the score, Chandler became the first Tennessee running back ever to have a touchdown catch in three straight games.
Tennessee went into halftime trailing 42-14 with 13 net rushing yards and 1-7 on third downs.
The mistakes continued to pile up in the second half for Tennessee. Ty Chandler opened the third quarter receiving the kickoff and called for a fair catch after he caught it. The ball was placed on the 3 yard line where he caught it and Keller Chryst was tackled in the end zone for a safety on the next play.
Tennessee (3-4) travels to South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network. The Gamecocks (3-3) are coming off a bye week.
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