Tennessee vs. Alabama: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Volunteers

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVOctober 26, 2013

Oct 19, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) hands the ball off to running back Marlin Lane (15) during the second quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Final: Alabama 45, Tennessee 10

For the official game stats and box score, check out NCAA.com.

Tennessee Volunteers Game Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC+B-
Rush OffenseD+C-
Pass DefenseC-C
Rush DefenseCC-
Special TeamsB-B-
at Alabama, Oct. 26

Final Game Grades

Pass Offense: The passing game was noticeably effective at times with some big plays, but it wasn't there consistently enough to put together the scoring drives that were needed. Justin Worley's injured hand made its impact felt early. 

Run Offense: Other than a 43-yard scamper by Rajion Neal to open the second half, the run game was nonexistent. The Vols were down by 14 points by the time they recorded their second possession, which played a part. 

Pass Defense: A.J. McCarron picked and chose where he wanted to throw the ball early on and finished with two touchdown throws. The Vols secondary—without safety Brian Randolph for much of the game—was gashed early and often.

Run Defense: The two-headed monster of Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon helped the Tide dominate the line of scrimmage all game long. It was no coincidence that Tennessee's front seven didn't get much of a push.

Special Teams: Devrin Young put together a couple of inspiring kickoff returns, but Christion Jones' returns more than negated the effect Young had on the game. Michael Palardy punted well but was called upon far too much.

Coaching: Coaching didn't decide this game, but it remains to be seen how Butch Jones' biggest decision of the game will play out. He burnt quarterback Joshua Dobbs' redshirt in the blowout, largely due to the injured hand of Worley. 

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1st-Half Grades

Pass Offense: What little success the Vols had in the opening half was with the deep ball. Cody Blanc adjusted to catch a 43-yard bomb, and Marquez North had a 38-yarder, but Justin Worley's injured hand is noticeably affecting the game. 

Run Offense: The Vols needed success on the ground to keep things close early. Just look at the scoreboard to see how that went. Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane were non-factors, and there was no push from the Vols' highly-touted line.

Pass Defense: A.J. McCarron torched the Vols' secondary, which missed safety Brian Randolph for much of the half. He was 13-of-17 passing for 180 yards and two scores and could've had more if the score weren't already out of hand. 

Run Defense: Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon are forming quite the pair, getting to the second level with ease. Even on plays where the Vols get a good push up front, the Tide are rumbling to five- or six-yard gains. 

Special Teams: Christion Jones turned the opening kickoff into good Alabama field position, but Michael Palardy had a couple of good boots, and Devrin Young returned a kickoff 45 yards. No major mishaps here. 

Coaching: There are a lot of reasons why 'Bama is up 35-0, and coaching is not one of them. Butch Jones will be making a huge decision in the second half on whether to keep in an injured Worley or burn the redshirt of Joshua Dobbs or Riley Ferguson. 

Steven Cook is in the press box at Bryant-Denny Stadium covering the game. Follow him on Twitter for more updates and real-time analysis.


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