Instant classic: Tennessee ends streak against Alabama

The win ended Tennessee’s 15-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide and was the Vols’ first victory over Alabama with Nick Saban as head coach.

Tennessee opened a 28-10 lead before the Crimson Tide pulled to within, 28-20, by halftime.

Alabama rallied to take a 35-34 lead by the end of the third quarter, setting the stage for a thrilling final 15 minutes.

The Crimson Tide led 49-42 after Dallas Turner recovered a Vols’ fumble and returned it for an 11-yard touchdown with 7 minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the game.

Tennessee would respond when Hendon Hooker completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jalin Hyatt with 3:26 remaining to make it, 49-49.

The Crimson Tide had a chance to win, but Will Reichard missed a potential game-winning 50-yard field goal attempt with 21 seconds remaining.

Hooker then completed a pair of passes to move the ball to the Alabama 24-yard line, setting the stage for McGrath’s heroics.

Hyatt tied a school record with five touchdown receptions.

He finished with six receptions for 207 yards.

Hooker completed 21-of-30 passing attempts for 385 yards and five touchdowns.

He recorded one interception.

Princeton Fant and Jabari Small had rushing scores for the Vols.


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