Oct. 23, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trent Richardson's 65-yard touchdown run and 5-yard touchdown reception were part of 28 unanswered second-half points as No. 7 Alabama beat Tennessee 41-10 on Saturday night.
Julio Jones set a single-game school record with 221 yards on 12 catches for the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference), which got its fourth straight win over Tennessee for the first time since 1992.
Tennessee was a 16 1/2-point underdog, as it was a year ago when Alabama needed to block a 44-yard field goal attempt by the Vols as time expired to preserve its 12-10 victory.
The Vols (2-5, 0-4) seemed ready to pressure the Crimson Tide again, this time under first-year coach Derek Dooley, who was facing former boss Nick Saban for the first time. Dooley was part of Saban's coaching staff for seven seasons at LSU and the Miami Dolphins.
Alabama, which has won 22 straight over unranked opponents, came out of halftime with only a 13-10 lead after a sluggish first half. The Tide wasted no time in the third quarter, getting three straight first downs on its opening drive before Mark Ingram pushed the ball 1 yard for the touchdown for a 20-10 lead.
The Vols took a lesson from South Carolina and Mississippi, who successfully limited the Crimson Tide's running game, by blitzing and pressuring McElroy, but the effort wore down a team plagued by a lack of depth. McElroy completed 21 of 32 for 264 yards, mostly to Jones.
Richardson and Ingram had just 91 yards rushing at halftime, but added 96 yards on the ground in the third quarter, including Richardson's touchdown and a pair of 1-yard scoring runs by Ingram. Richardson finished with 119 yards on 12 carries, and Ingram had 88 yards on 14 runs.
For their part, the Volunteers had a few shots to keep the game competitive in the second half. Matt Simms led a long drive that eventually stalled at the Alabama 35 after three straight run plays, and Michael Palardy missed a 52-yard field goal attempt that could have cut the Crimson Tide's lead to a touchdown.
Simms drove the Vols the length of the field when they got the ball back after Richardson's touchdown, but Robert Lester stepped in front of a would-be touchdown pass to Gerald Jones and took the ball to the Vols 20. Simms was also taken to the ground by Don'ta Hightower on that play and never returned to the game.
Simms finished 12 for 22 for 117 yards and an interception, but no touchdowns.
Tennessee got the first score for the first time since the Vols' 17-13 win in 2004. Tauren Poole found a gaping hole in the line and ran 59 yards to the end zone with 8:44 left in the first quarter.
Poole finished with 117 yards on the ground, becoming the first player to rush for more than 100 yards against Alabama since Mississippi's BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 131 on Oct. 13, 2007.