Alabama's fast start dooms Tennessee

Impressive start yields 35-point lead by halftime

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) is stopped by Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest (33) as he headed for the goal line during the second half Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Michael Patrick, copyright © 2013

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) is stopped by Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest (33) as he headed for the goal line during the second half Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tennessee thought it had improved considerably in the six weeks since getting routed at No. 2 Oregon on Sept. 14.

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Orange_Power_T writes:

I like this team, as with any learning curve there are setbacks. Just happens that this was not a hitch in the road but a stumble falling flat on our face. They will learn from it, both players and coaches. I really like Dobbs' arm. Given enough game time, I see good things coming from him. I was very disappointed in seeing our secondary relapsing into 2012 with bad lines to the ball. I think that was the most gut-wrenching thing I felt all evening. Our D line was neutralized by Bama's OL, who played like pros- holding on every play but doing it in a way as not to get caught. I also thought the officiating in the first half was a little one sided although it would not have made any difference in the outcome. We have a lot of freshmen playing this year and the experience they are gaining are quality learning tools for their future. Bama was supposed to win this game and win big, which they did. We had an opportunity for another upset, but it would have still been labeled an upset. If you sat back and objectively observed the talent level of both teams, the conclusion would have been that Bama should win. We are combating that with an exceptional recruiting class. Another one or two of those and we will be back on track to be contenders. CBJ knows what he is doing, let's just give him time to do what he knows to do.

TommyJack writes:

Butch stil da man.

underthehill writes:

in response to Orange_Power_T:

I like this team, as with any learning curve there are setbacks. Just happens that this was not a hitch in the road but a stumble falling flat on our face. They will learn from it, both players and coaches. I really like Dobbs' arm. Given enough game time, I see good things coming from him. I was very disappointed in seeing our secondary relapsing into 2012 with bad lines to the ball. I think that was the most gut-wrenching thing I felt all evening. Our D line was neutralized by Bama's OL, who played like pros- holding on every play but doing it in a way as not to get caught. I also thought the officiating in the first half was a little one sided although it would not have made any difference in the outcome. We have a lot of freshmen playing this year and the experience they are gaining are quality learning tools for their future. Bama was supposed to win this game and win big, which they did. We had an opportunity for another upset, but it would have still been labeled an upset. If you sat back and objectively observed the talent level of both teams, the conclusion would have been that Bama should win. We are combating that with an exceptional recruiting class. Another one or two of those and we will be back on track to be contenders. CBJ knows what he is doing, let's just give him time to do what he knows to do.

The holding on every play by the bama O line was obvious ..on one long gainer..bama had a Vol by his jersey with an official looking right at the play..but as you say ..bama had such a talent advantage ..they didn't need the help..I watched the whole game hoping to see Dobbs when it got out of hand..it was worth the wait..

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

The holding on every play by the bama O line was obvious ..on one long gainer..bama had a Vol by his jersey with an official looking right at the play..but as you say ..bama had such a talent advantage ..they didn't need the help..I watched the whole game hoping to see Dobbs when it got out of hand..it was worth the wait..

Offensive holding--or not--is just about the most subjective call imaginable in football ever since the offensive player was first allowed to grab the defensive player's jersey. On just about every passing play, you could see an offensive player's arm around the neck of a defensive player from the side or even from behind but it is rarely called. Most holding calls come when a defensive player is trying to pull AWAY from a blocker as on a reverse or counter play and the hands holding the jersey are right out in the open.

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