KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As followers streamed into Neyland Stadium earlier than the largest sport of the faculty soccer season, there was a palpable perception that this could be the yr Tennessee lastly knocked Nick Saban and Alabama from its excessive horse.
Since Saban took over Alabama in 2007, the Crimson Tide have gone on a run hardly ever seen in sports activities, successful eight SEC championships, six nationwide championships, and by no means dropping to the Tennessee Vols.
In 15 tries towards Saban, Tennessee has not managed one win, irritating a fanbase that grew to become accustomed to successful within the 1990’s.
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The wait is over.
No. 6 Tennessee beat No. 3 Alabama 52-49 Saturday at Neyland Stadium in what might go down as the sport of the century.
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On a last-second, 40-yard discipline by Chase McGrath, Tennessee exorcised its demons towards Saban as Neyland Stadium emptied onto the sector.
It got here after a missed discipline aim by Alabama kicker by Will Reichard from 50-yards.
It was a forwards and backwards affair that noticed Tennessee head into halftime with a 28-20 lead. But Alabama took the lead with 4:27 left within the third quarter earlier than a flurry of performs within the fourth quarter determined the sport.
Led by Heisman-hopeful Hendon Hooker, who threw for 385 yards and 5 touchdowns, the Tennessee offense received going early, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions. The offense – No. 1 within the nation in yards per sport heading into Week 7 – moved rapidly and effectively, gorgeous an Alabama protection not used to permitting groups into the top zone.
In a really unlike-Saban style, the Crimson Tide had been their very own worst enemies, committing seven penalties within the first quarter and inexplicably muffing a punt within the second quarter after getting their first cease of the ballgame.
But Tennessee answered Alabama at each flip, with huge receiver Jalin Hyatt setting a faculty document with 5 receiving touchdowns, catching six passes for 207 yards.
Tennessee strikes to 6-0 on the season whereas Alabama drops to 6-1.