Tide Roll over Vols

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WVLT) -- D.J. Hall set a school record for receptions, catching 13 passes for 185 yards as Alabama stomped Tennessee, 41-17, on the third Saturday in October.

The Crimson Tide were able to execute 84 plays compared to the Vols' 57, controlling the clock and holding the Tennessee offense scoreless in the second half.

Erik Ainge was 22-for-35 for 243 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but was never able to lead the Vols on an extended drive after the halftime whistle. His Bama counterpart, John Parker Wilson, put together a gem, tossing for a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns to propel his team to easy victory.

Tennessee falls to 4-3 (2-2 SEC) with the loss, while Alabama improves to 6-2 (4-1). Next week the Vols host South Carolina, who lost at home to Vanderbilt Saturday. If Kentucky defeats Florida, Tennessee still controls its own destiny in the SEC East.

A detailed game summary is included below. For complete game stats, see the bottom of the page.


Alabama held Tennessee to one first down, then took over and marched down the field, expanding its lead to 13 on a 42-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin.


Alabama intercepted an Erik Ainge pass and drove the length of the field, finishing the drive with a 20-yard field goal to put Alabama ahead, 27-17, with 6:57 left in the third quarter.


After a personal foul penalty put the Vols in field goal range with two seconds left, Daniel Lincoln nailed a 45-yard field goal to put Tennessee within a score at halftime.


John Parker Wilson found DJ Hall for the second time, as Alabama took a 24-14 lead with 12 seconds left in the first half. The two-yard score came after a controversial pass interference call on the previous play, as Eric Berry appeared to cleanly break up a pass in the end zone, but officials called the penalty and gave the Tide a first down. The play capped a 17-play drive which took more than seven minutes off the clock.

Tennessee looked to respond to Alabama's offensive advances in a seesaw first half. On second-and-19, Ainge hit Austin Rogers for a 29-yard pickup to the UT 42. Tennessee was unable to convert on third down and punted the ball into the end zone for an Alabama touchback.

John Parker Wilson hit DJ Hall for a 16-yard touchdown pass on third and goal, giving Alabama a 17-14 lead over the Vols with 11:16 left in the first half.

Luke Stocker hauled in his first-career touchdown catch, a 3-yarder from Erik Ainge, to give Tennessee a 14-10 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

Tennessee took over at its own 31 after a missed Alabama field goal. The Vols moved the chains on third-and-1 thanks to an Arian Foster run. Then AInge hit a wide-open Foster, who ran 53 yards untouched into the end zone; however, tight end Jeff Cottam was called for a block in the back at the one-yard line, setting the Vols up at the Bama 11. Two Foster runs took Tennessee to the three-yard line, then Erik Ainge hit Stocker for the go-ahead touchdown.

After Tennessee scored its first touchdown of the game, Alabama rumbled right back down the field. Javier Arenas returned the kickoff 66 yards to the Vols 35-yard line, but the Crimson Tide only mustered two yards, then Bama kicker Leigh Tiffin missed a 48-yard field goal attempt.

Arian Foster ran two yards off tackle into the end zone for Tennessee's first score of the day, cutting the Alabama lead to 10-7 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.

After an Alabama score, Tennessee was looking to answer. On first down at the UT 25, Erik Ainge hit Josh Briscoe for a 25-yard pickup. Arian Foster ran for 15 yards, then Chris Brown caught a pass and rumbled for nine as Tennessee established its first marginally successful offensive series of the day.

Arian Foster kept Tennessee's momentum alive, cutting for 15 yards on second and one. The Vols kept riding Foster on the next two plays, as he carried for five yards down to the Bama 10, then got down to the Tide 7-yard line on second down. On third down Ainge threw incomplete to Austin Rogers in the back of the end zone, but officials called pass interference on Simeon Castille, refreshing Tennessee's drive at the Alabama 2-yard line.

John Parker Wilson rolled out and hit running back Terry Grant for a three-yard touchdown pass to give Alabama a 10-0 lead over Tennessee with 6:59 remaining in the first quarter.

After hitting a field goal, Alabama held Tennessee to only one first down on the ensuing drive and took over at its own 15 yard line. After a 14-yard completion on first down, Crimson Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson lobbed a pass to D.J. Hall, who made the grab for a 42-yard gain down to the Tennessee 28.

On fourth and inches, Alabama's offensive line shifted, drawing Tennessee offsides and moving the chains for the Tide. On third and four, Wilson overthrew an open receiver in the end zone, but was roughed on the play by Dan Williams, giving Alabama its second straight penalty-caused first down.

Alabama surprised the Vols with an onside kick to start the game, moving down the field and nailing a 39-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

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  • by Rick Location: TN on Oct 22, 2007 at 01:12 PM
    Ok, Maggie. Let's sum it up in fewer words. Fulmer has got to GO!
  • by maggie nola on Oct 20, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    dear god. Here is what these three comments tell me. knoxville people know NOTHING about basketball, and the ones who know about football know nothing about GRAMMAR. I'm just sayin'.
  • by austin Location: knoxville on Oct 20, 2007 at 07:26 PM
    is it just me or is all the teams in college football getting better.except tennessee. this was suposed to be our year coach cutcliff back we was susposed to go to bcs bowl game we be lucky to finish in top 25 i hope mike hamilton realizes we rather see our vols win then fulmer to remain coach.how can teams like vandy,ky,usf get competive and sec giant tennessee cant do anything bama was in another rebuilding year with saban but they did good enough to stopp tennessee 41-17 which these days dont seem hard.
  • by michael Location: knoxville on Oct 20, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    through out todays game i herd talk about tennessee injurgies on offence but its not that at all in 1998 we didnt have future hall of famer peyton manning when tee martin led the vols tee dont play on sundays.so what the guys got injured thats why we recruit and why we practice when tennessee looses to vandy,sc,ky then it will be time to rebuild tennessee saying good bye to fulmer and his staff we here in knoxville want our good vols back when the whole team could carry each other but we want see it under fulmer
  • by Marty Location: LC on Oct 20, 2007 at 04:35 PM
    I hope Hamilton wakes up and does something about this situation! Tennessee is now on the level of being a joke in the SEC!!!
  • by c Location: tennessee on Oct 20, 2007 at 04:33 PM
    this is just another loss we the fans have to endure right in the midst of a promising "rest of the season" after mauling georgia.this team needs to learn the meaning of playing with "heart" because "heart" wins more ballgames than talent does anyday especially in the SEC!you could have called this game as soon as the onside kick blunder because the defense "gave up" just as expected.if we don't score first or command control of the game "our" defense just "goes home" mentally!we have one of the most talented teams in college football with the least amount of "heart".thank god for a promising basketball season as long as coach Pearl can keep the players on a "shorter leash" until the end of the season.it would be nice for once in the past years that this program wasn't surrounded by controversy and news flashes of our players past/present being in trouble with the law and "throwing away"their oppotunities for "greatness"!


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