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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.Cigar smoke lingered in the cramped, dimlylit-hallway leading to the visitorslocker room at Neyland Stadium.Alabama players and coaches enjoyed that tradition after an impre sive 49-10 victory against No. 9 Tenne see on Saturday, a win that left Alabama coach Nick Saban in a rare state of mind. No. 1 Alabama is 7-0 and looks as unstoppable as ever heading into next weeks showdown with No. 6 Texas AM."This is as proud of our team as I've been all year long in terms of playing a complete game against a verygood team, especially in a tough environment, Saban said. There are obviously things we can do better, and things we can improve on."Even feel Ricky Watters T Shirts
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Harris (14 carries, 94 yards) and Bo Scarborough (fivecarries, 109 yards, TD).MORE: The Crimson Tide setup succe s with that run game. After three straight runs of 10 yards or more, offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin called for a reverse to Ardarius Stewart for the games first touchdown. On that same play, Gehrig Dieter held a block onTenne see safety Evan Berry 20 yards downfield.The defense needed a tune-up in one area, and safety Eddie Jackson called for a meeting last Monday with the secondary. The unit had allowed 421 pa sing yards against Ole Mi s and 400 yards against Arkansas in previous road games. Tenne see quarterbackJoshua Dobbs had just 92 yards pa sing Saturday.When you play these no-huddle, fastball teams, when you don't get off the field on third down, they have extended drives, Saban said. Players get tired, that's when they get rolling, that's when they create momentum. So it was a big point of emphasis for us to do a great job on third down."BENDER: The Tide set up succe s by winning third down. Third-down sacks by Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Reuben Foster ended Tenne see drives early, and that set up an interception return for a TD by Ronnie Harrison on the next third down.I kind of felt it coming because (defensive coordinator Jeremy) Pruitt kind of alerted me to it on the field, Harrison said. I felt that coming.Alabama scored two more non-offensive touchdowns, too, which Deion Sanders Jersey
increased theseason total to 11. It all led to a convincing victory, the 10th in a row against Tenne see in the "Third Saturday in October."MORE: It also gave observersthe sense that the race to the College Football Playoff is Alabama and everybody else Richard Sherman Jersey
, at least until the Tide facethe Aggies next week.Theres a long way to go and things that can be done better and things can be improved. The Crimson Tide are living up to an impo sible standard, and the mostfrightening part here is the combination of Hurts with a defense loaded with the standard amount ofNFL talent might be Sabans mostdangerous combination yet. Allen simply said, "It's important." Jackson elaborated.I think this is one of the mostcomplete games weve played as a team, Jackson said. We still had two turnovers on offense, and have some things we need to work on, but it was a good game. Everyone came in and executed and played fourquarters offootball."MORE: When Alabama does that, nobody has a chance. Tenne see found out the long, hard way. In the aftermath, Alabama players filed into that tunnel with Crimson Tide fans screaming. A few players sang Rocky Top. A few held up one finger. Others held up a fist.Some of those players enjoyeda cigar on the field.Smoke em if you got em, right? Its all part of The Proce s, which Saban continues to preach after each statement victory. This just happened to be Jimmy Garoppolo T Shirts
the next one.If we had a better way of doing it, we would already be doing it, Saban said. We do what we do. Our players believe in it and trust it. Everybody wants to do a good job. We have to play these games one at a time. Texas AM is going to be a very good team. Like I said before, this is one game in a run of them that we needed to play really well in.