Much of the first half of the rivalry between No. 15 Tennessee and No. 8 Alabama on the Third Saturday in October appeared to be headed for No. 15 Tennessee’s second straight victory over Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
The Vols took an early 13-0 lead and, shortly before the half, used an end zone interception by Jalen Milroe to set up a Joe Milton touchdown, giving them a 20-7 lead at the break. However, Alabama didn’t let up, holding the Vols scoreless and scoring 27 points of their own to win 34–20. It took the Crimson Tide just two plays to score in the second half.
Jase McLellan ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, while Jalen Milroe passed for 220 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Three fourth-down conversion attempts by Tennessee were foiled by the Alabama defense, one of which came late in the contest and would have tied the score at one. Despite forcing just one turnover, the Crimson Tide led by two points in the fourth quarter thanks to a scoop-and-score.