KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - - Junior receiver Julio Jones hauled in a school-record 221 receiving yards and sophomore running back Trent Richardson rushed for 119 yards to lead the No. 7 Alabama football team (7-1, 4-1 SEC) to a 41-10 victory over Tennessee (2-5, 0-4 SEC) Saturday night in Neyland Stadium.
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy completed 21-of-32 passes for 264 yards while junior running back Mark Ingram rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts. Junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower recorded six tackles, two for a loss, and pressured the quarterback twice to lead a dominant defensive performance for the Crimson Tide.
After the two teams exchanged punts on the game's first two possessions, the Volunteers got on the scoreboard first after a 59-yard touchdown run by Tauren Poole to take 7-0 lead with 8:44 to go in the first quarter. The Tide answered on the next possession with a 36-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley to cap a 10-play, 41-yard drive.
Alabama's defense forced Tennessee to punt on its next possession and after taking over on the 41-yard line Richardson moved Alabama into Tennessee territory with a 13-yard rush. McElroy rushed from the one-yard line into the end zone for Alabama's first touchdown, giving the Tide a 10-7 lead with 14:42 to play in the second quarter.
Jeremy Shelley gave Alabama a 13-7 lead with a 42-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining in the second quarter, but the Vols were able to put together a quick drive before halftime to pull within three points after a 33-yard field goal by Michael Palardy as time expired in the first half.
The second half would not be as close, with Alabama opening the half with a four-play, 70-yard scoring drive set up by a McElroy-to-Jones pass that put the Tide at the Tennessee 32-yard line. Following the reception by Jones, Ingram rushed for 12 yards and then Jones caught another pass for a gain of 19 yards. From there Ingram rushed one yard for the touchdown, giving Alabama a 20-10 lead.
On Alabama's next possession Richardson broke a 65-yard touchdown run to extend the Tide's lead to 27-10 with 8:26 to play in the third quarter. The Tide added another touchdown with 57 seconds left to play in the third quarter with a 1-yard plunge by Ingram to put Alabama up 34-10.
Following a punt into the end zone by Tennessee on its next possession, Jones capped off his record-setting night with a 47-yard reception from redshirt freshman A.J. McCarron to put the Tide at the Volunteer 10-yard line. From there Richardson rushed for five yards and then caught a 5-yard pass from McCarron to add the final points to the scoreboard with 7:40 left in the game.
Alabama totaled 538 yards of total offense, compared to only 315 by Tennessee. The Tide picked up 210 yards on the ground while Tennessee running back Tauren Poole becoming the first player in 42 games to rush for over 100 yards against Alabama's defense.
Alabama has next weekend off and returns to action on Nov. 6 in Baton Rouge, La., against LSU.