Recap: Tennessee vs. Alabama
Knoxville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Amari Cooper set a new Alabama single-game record for receiving yards with 224, and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide rolled past the Tennessee Volunteers, 34-20, on Saturday.
Cooper had two touchdowns on nine catches for the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 SEC), who have won eight straight against Tennessee. Alabama's previous single-game receiving mark of 221 yards by Julio Jones came in 2010 at Tennessee
Blake Sims completed 14-of-24 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide, who have won three in a row. He also carried the ball six times for 42 yards and a score.
"If you're going to be a dangerous team, if you're going to be a dominant team, you've got to be able to sustain for 60 minutes in the game and we were not able to do that," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said.
Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon also scored on the ground for the victors.
Saturday's game marked the return of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to Knoxville. Kiffin guided the Vols to a 7-6 mark in 2009 before he bolted for Southern California in contentious fashion that caused rioting on the Tennessee campus.
Joshua Dobbs connected on 19-of-32 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Volunteers (3-5, 0-4), who have dropped two straight. He also rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries.
"Thought they showed some grit, some heart, some resiliency. Did not start fast, which we wanted to," Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said.
Alabama's first offensive play from scrimmage resulted in a touchdown, as Sims hooked up with Cooper for an 80-yard score. The extra point was no good.
Cooper caught three passes on the next Crimson Tide possession, including a 41-yard score to make it 13-0.
After another Tennessee punt, Alabama put together a 90-yard drive. Cooper's 30-yard catch set up Yeldon's 1-yard TD run with 3:12 left in the first quarter.
Sims added a 28-yard TD run early in the second stanza.
The Volunteers scored the final 10 points of the first half. Josh Malone caught a 9-yard TD pass and Aaron Medley made a 27-yard field goal.
Tennessee then put together an impressive 15-play, 84-yard drive on its first possession of the second half. Von Pearson capped the series with a 9-yard TD catch to make it a 27-17 contest.
But Henry responded with a 28-yard TD run to swing the momentum back in Alabama's favor.
The Volunteers got within 34-20 on Medley's 24-yard field goal with 9:42 remaining in the fourth.Game Notes
Alabama leads the all-time series, 51-38-7 ... Marquez North caught four
passes for 56 yards for the Volunteers ... Henry carried the ball 16 times for
78 yards ... Alabama has next weekend off and returns to action on Nov. 8 at