End of game - Another blowout for Tennessee as they lose to Alabama 41-10. The Vols drop to 2-5 and 0-4 in SEC play. The Tide (6-1, 3-1) keeps pace with Auburn in the SEC West, who remain undefeated with a win over LSU today.
In their second-to-last drive, Tennessee worked their way 44 yards down the field before B.J. Scott intercepted Tyler Bray in the end zone.
10:02 p.m. - Richardson just caught a 5-yard touchdown to make it a 41-10 game with 7:40 remaining. A.J. McCarron is now in for Greg McElroy. McElroy finished the night 22-of-33 with 274 yards passing. Richardson and Ingram can take care of the rest of this one on the ground.
Julio Jones has set a school record for single-game receiving yards with 221 yards on 12 receptions so far. Needless to say, he's had a few big catches tonight.
9:40 p.m. - Alabama drove 80 yards in 3:45 for another touchdown to make the score 34-10 with under a minute in the third quarter. The Tide went to Ingram five times in a row in the red zone for the score.
The Vols drove 54 yards to the Alabama 11, but on 3-and-11 Simms threw an interception in the end zone. That pretty much killed this game for them.
Simms had been hobbling around on what looked like a bad ankle. He's now being treated on the sideline and Tyler Bray is back in.
9:26 p.m. - Alabama took less time to score on the next drive: just two plays. Trent Richardson took a sharp cut in traffic and broke away for a 65-yard touchdown. Tide's up 27-10 with 8:26 remaining.
The Vols had the ball to start the half. Gerald Jones grabbed a few first downs, but the Vols were stopped at the Alabama 35. Dooley opted to go for the 52-yard field goal which fell 5 yards short and wide. Dooley has talked about that "gray zone" where it's a long field goal but you can't punt. He usually goes for it on fourth down there.
9:10 p.m. - Alabama struck quickly out of the half. Four plays, 70 yards, 1:40 off the clock. Jones had 57 of those yards through the air. Vols can't keep up with that. Alabama leads 20-10 with just over 13 minutes left in the third quarter.
8:42 p.m. (HALFTIME) - With some aggressive play calling with less than a minute left, the Vols drove down the field and Palardy converted a 33-yard field goal to cut the lead to 13-10.
On the drive before that, Herman Lathers got pressure on McElroy to force the incomplete pass. Lathers also had a huge sack on McElroy when he came in untouched and put a hit on the QB. Once again, Alabama had to settle for a field goal.
It was a pretty uneventful first half, which is good and bad for Tennessee. The defense really stepped up. They've been putting good pressure on McElroy, even though he's got 160 yards in the air. Chad Cunningham has also been stellar for UT. Not giving up good field position has been key for them.
On the other side of that, the Vols offense has been nonexistent. Bray went 1-for-6 in his two drives. The offense has done pretty much nothing (except for the last drive). Tauren Poole already 97 yards (57 on that touchdown run). Eventually, a QB will have to make some throws. Nothing else has been consistent enough to rely on.
8:23 p.m. - Simms came back in for the Vols, but it was another three and out. Bama coverage has been very tight. Between the defense and excellent special teams coverage, though, Tennessee is still in this one. Alabama's still leading 10-7 with 4:34 in the half.
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8:14 p.m. - Bray did a little better on his second drive, but they still ended up punting. He threw a 14-yard strike, but nearly threw a pick too when he was pressured. Still 10-7 with 7:50 in the half.
Before that, Alabama missed a 25-yard field goal attempt off the left upright to keep it at 10-7.
7:52 p.m. - After a Tennessee three and out, Alabama wasted no time driving for a touchdown (Nine plays, 59 yards, 3:25 off the clock). McElroy snuck in on a 1-yard run for the score to give the Tide a 10-7 lead with 14:42 left in the half.
Trent Richardson ran for 31 yards on three carries. He's pretty quick, and runs downhill every time.
**Tyler Bray is now going in for the Vols. Simms passed 3-for-6 with 14 yards.
7:34 p.m. - Julio Jones dropped a pass at the Tennessee 1, and Alabama had to settle for a field goal. The Vols are still up 7-3 with 4:04 left in the first quarter. Greg McElroy has mainly been throwing to the sidelines, except for that last pass to Jones. The Vols coverage has been pretty tight, but McElroy has been hitting his targets. He's 7-for-10 with 47 yards.
7:20 p.m. - Tennessee took a 7-0 lead on a Tauren Poole 59-yard run on first down. After a 15-yard pass interference penalty and a rare 9-yard run by Simms, the Vols are on the board. 8:44 left in the first quarter.
The defense held Alabama to just 18 yards on their first possession, and only 3 yards rushing from Mark Ingram.
6:43 p.m. - Neyland is a little less than halfway full. A lot of crimson in the house. In a weird way, I think the orange and crimson colors go well together.
Pregame - It may not be the third Saturday in October, but Tennessee fans are still excited to renew the rivalry with Alabama.
Derek Dooley will face Nick Saban for the first time tonight at Neyland Stadium. Dooley coached under Saban at LSU and Miami (Dolphins). Their relationship is based on mutual respect, so that may cool things down in what already is a cool game to begin with.
If you recall last year's game, it was a heartbreaker for the Vols, to say the least. Daniel Lincoln was blocked on two field goal attempts, including what would have been the game-winner, as Alabama remained undefeated on their way to a National Title.
Normally, I'd say that's grounds for a revenge match. However, I'd say the Vols are more concerned with just getting an SEC win.
Dooley announced this week that Tyler Bray would hopefully play in the first half, but he wasn't going to put that in stone. With the second-to-last offense in the SEC, Dooley's probably willing to try anything to give his team a spark.