CFB: Vols Roll by Crimson Tide


Ashton Erickson, Staff Writer

Tennessee took down Alabama on Saturday. This may go down as one of the craziest games in college football history. 

Tennessee took an early lead and struck first with an early rushing touchdown from Jabari Small on their first drive. They continued this pounding in the first quarter taking a quick lead of 21-7, with two of those coming from a Hendon Hooker to Jalin Hyatt connection in the air. But that didn’t stop Crimson Tide Heisman winning quarterback Bryce Young.

Young led his team back in the game scoring 13 points in the second quarter, and holding Tennessee to 7. Only down by 8 points going into the half was right where they wanted to be. 

Entering the third quarter, the game was still back and forth. Both teams were so dominant on offense, it was like a boxing match just waiting to see who would take the last shot. 

Alabama came out stronger than the Vols in the third and out scored them 16-6. Taking a one point lead going into the last quarter of play.

The fourth quarter was no doubt the best quarter of the game. Time kept running down and no defense could get a stop. Until Nick Saban’s defense got a scoop and score with five minutes left of the game, giving Alabama a one score lead with little time to go. 

But no one could stop Hooker driving his team down field, with the 5th connection to Hyatt, tying the game up at 49. 

What looked like the last drive of the game, Young drove his team down into field goal range with 20 seconds left. With everyone on the edge of their seat, Alabama kicker Will Reichard missed a 50 yard field goal. Giving Vols fans some hope.

Just as everyone thought this game was going to overtime, Hendon Hooker still had 15 seconds to work his magic. With two timeouts left, Hooker made two big plays down field to get Tennessee in field goal range. 

With two seconds remaining in the game, Vols kicker Chase McGrath drilled a 40 yard field goal for the win. The Vols took down the Crimson Tide. 

Moments after the game, the Tennessee Volunteers stormed the field celebrating their huge win. Just before you thought the craziness was over, down goes both the goal posts. Vols fans ripped down the goal post and continued to take it out of the stadium.

Yes, I mean they somehow managed to get the same field goal post the game winning field goal went through out of the stadium. They hauled it all the way to the Tennessee river and dumped it off in the river.

The Tennessee crowd was electric all game and capped it off with a huge storm on the field at the end. According to Knox News, Neyland Stadium broke their noise record of 18 decibels, reaching a volume of 125.4. That’s like being next to a jet engine.  

This game was one of the biggest and loudest college football games to go down in history.