Alabama improved to 11-0 on the season after defeating Chattanooga 31-3 at home.
Here are some highlights and analysis from Alabama’s final game before the Iron Bowl.
Saban at the half: “I am a little embarrassed by the way we played this half. I don’t think we played very well on offense. We are getting rid of the ball slow, we aren’t pass protecting well and we aren’t running the ball with any consistency. Defensively, we haven’t stopped them like we should. We have to play better. We just aren’t playing very well.”
Senior Linebacker Reuben Foster left the game in the first half holding his right hand after making a tackle at the line of scrimmage. Rashaan Evans replaced him. Foster later returned to the game and recorded a tackle for loss on his first play back.
A one-yard touchdown from Jalen Hurts to Gehrig Dieter put Alabama up 14-3 with 8:44 left in the second quarter. It was Dieter’s first touchdown catch since scoring on a 45-yard pass from Blake Barnett in week one against USC. Dieter also caught a touchdown pass with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter to finish with two touchdowns in the game.
With Alphonse Taylor still being sidelined with a concussion, senior Korren Kirven started his second straight game at right guard. He split time with Josh Casher for the second game in the run.
Wide receiver Ar’Darius Stewart was dressed out in full pads, but did not enter the game at all.
Alabama failed to record a single sack for the game. The Crimson Tide lead the NCAA in that category with 40 on the year.
JK Scott was called upon to punt a season-high six times for a total of 289 yards. His previous season-high was five punts (against USC, Western Kentucky, Ole Miss and LSU).
With 4:07 left in the third quarter, Damien Harris broke a 25-yard touchdown run to the right side That touchdown marked only the second time that Harris has reached the end zone on the ground, despite being Alabama’s leading rusher.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts finished with 68 yards on the ground and broke Alabama’s record for single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. The record was previously set by Steadman Shealy, who had 791 rushing yards in 1979.
Running back Bo Scarborough sat out tonight’s game with knee injury making it his second missed game in a row. …read more
Source:: The Crimson White Sports