Tennessee beats Alabama football on last-second field goal for first time since 2006
Football for Alabama appeared to have the victory locked up.
Even though Kool-Aid McKinstry didn’t make it to the end zone, the Crimson Tide seemed to be in command. In the last moments of the game, Alabama held a lead and was set to advance with the ball into Tennessee territory.
But hold on. A flag was present. Alabama suffers with pass interference.
The play was restarting. Tennessee quickly knotted the game.
Whether it was early in the game or toward the conclusion, the Crimson Tide simply couldn’t get out of its own way.
The Tennessee Volunteers defeated Alabama 52-49 on Saturday at Neyland Stadium by capitalising on a late field goal miss. Tennessee ended a fifteen-year
Alabama’s recent losing run.
The game between No. 1 Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC) and No. 8 Tennessee yielded the following observations and learnings (6-0, 3-0).
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Outside of a few giveaways, the defence had trouble stopping Hendon Hooker and company.
Before Saturday, Alabama was well aware of how quickly the Vols’ offence moves. All during the week, it was brought up often. However, knowing about it was frequently irrelevant.
It was difficult for Alabama to impede Tennessee’s brisk offence. The Vols have already run several plays when you blink. Because of the fast pace, Alabama was unable to disrupt Hooker, and the Tennessee offence got off to a fast start. In the first quarter, Tennessee had already scored three touchdowns.
Alabama tried to come up with strategies to impede Hooker from operating in a typically clean pocket as he and the receivers continued to identify weak places in the defence. The Vols enjoyed a lot of offensive success as a result.
As the game went on, Alabama ultimately halted the bleeding and made a couple standout plays. DeMarcco Hellams became the first defender to intercept Hooker in about 11 months after a few fourth-down stops. Dallas Turner scored a touchdown after recovering a fumble as well.