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Citadel shocks Tide fans; Bulldogs hung with Bama in first half

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Whether it was the emotional environment at LSU or the physicality of Mississippi State, Alabama did not provide its fans with a strong showing in the first half versus the Citadel. 

The Bulldogs hung with the Crimson Tide and go into halftime tied at 10. 

Nick Saban was concerned all week about the option attack and running back Dante Smith proved him right as he has accounted for 67 yards on three carries, including a 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. As a team, the Bulldogs totaled 149 yards (all rushing) and was very efficient on third down – converting five of eight attempts. 

Despite Tua Tagovailoa connecting with Jaylen Waddle for a 20-yard touchdown, Alabama’s offensive line has not shown up. Aside from a 32-yard run from sophomore Najee Harris, its backs have had a difficult time finding holes.

For one of the best rushing teams in college football, the Tide has just 65 yards. Waddle leads the team in receiving with 60 yards on three receptions – including a long catch of 29 yards. 

Anfernee Jennings leads Alabama on defense with seven tackles; however, the group has not been locked in on playing assignment football. Even with Mack Wilson, Deionte Thompson, Dylan Moses and Quinnen Williams posted good numbers in tackles, adjustments must be made in the second half.

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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