Alabama scores late touchdown to deny Vols, 19-14

Alabama scores late touchdown to deny Vols, 19-14

October 24th, 2015 by David Paschall and Patrick Brown in Sports - College

Alabama quarterback Jake Coker (14) stiff arms Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett (9) as he tries to get away from pressure during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tennessee hopes of a massive upset turned into another bitter defeat.

Alabama defensive end Ryan Anderson made the game-sealing play, sacking and stripping Volunteers quarterback Josh Dobbs, and A'Shawn Robinson scooped up the fumble to preserve the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide's 19-14 win against Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Vols took a late lead, but could not hold onto it.

Tennessee now has four losses by a combined 17 points.

Trailing 13-7 with 7:08, the Vols needed just four plays to take the lead.

Quarterback Josh Dobbs hit Josh Smith for 27 yards on a beautifully designed play, then tossed a strike down the seam to Josh Malone for 34 yards.

Jalen Hurd then powered in from 12 yards out, and Aaron Medley's extra point made it 14-13 with 5:49 left.

ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley each made impressive leaping catches -- Ridley's came on third down over Cameron Sutton, Tennessee's best cornerback -- on Alabama's ensuing drive, and Derrick Henry sprinted in from 14 yards out with2:24 left in the game.

Justin Martin broke up the two-point conversion pass to give the Vols a chance to win it with a touchdown.

The chances never got going, though.

The Vols will be kicking themselves for missing some earlier opportunities, namely three missed field goals and some costly pre-snap penalties that stalled drives against the SEC's top defense.

Medley's first miss from 43 yards came at the end of Tennessee's promising first drive of the game.

The second, and first from 51 yards, came at the end of the first half after Jalen Hurd broke free for a 29-yard run after it appeared both teams appeared to be content to go into halftime.

The third came less than a minute into the fourth quarter, after Tennessee's drive stalled at Alabama's 33-yard line.

The Tide answered Medley's first miss by driving 75 yards to take a 7-0 lead on Derrick Henry's 20-yard touchdown run as the running back found the end zone extended his program record by scoring in a 13th consecutive game.

Tennessee answered right back on the ensuing possession, capped by Dobbs' 11-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith in the corner of the end zone on third down.

The defenses took over from there.

The Vols sacked Coker four times -- they had nine in the first six games -- and Brian Randolph intercepted a pass in the second quarter.

Tennessee also held on two red-zone possessions to force Alabama to settle for two short Adam Griffith field goals.

It wasn't enough, though, after the Vols couldn't get a late stop yet again.


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