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Tennessee keeping it close, despite UA’s new lighting feature

Butch Dill - USA TODAY Sports

The atmosphere at Bryant-Denny Stadium was electric as the LED lighting feature got fans rocking and players excited in playing Tennessee.

Alabama carried a 21-10 lead into halftime on the strength of three rushing touchdowns from Najee Harris (two) and Brian Robinson Jr. 

Harris leads the team in rushing with 68 yards on 13 carries. 

It could have had a touchdown on its second possession of the game, but Tua Tagovailoa tossed his second interception of the season to Nigel Warrior.

In trying to create something, the junior forced a pass to the end zone. He completed 11 of 12 pass attempts for 155 passing yards. 

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Henry Ruggs III leads the team in receiving with three catches for 64 yards. His touchdown drought is still going, but Jerry Jeudy has three receptions for 41 yards.

Harris chimes in with a pair of catches for 23 yards, while Miller Forristall brought in a pass for 14 yards. 

Defensively, Terrell Lewis leads the group in tackles (five) with one for loss. 

The duo of Christian Harris and Jared Mayden have four tackles, while Mayden recorded his second pick of the year.

The takeaway by the senior gave the Crimson Tide’s secondary its seventh interception. Xavier McKinney has three tackles. As for the trio of Raekwon Davis, Shane Lee and Anfernee Jennings, all have two tackles each.

Lee has the lone sack for the Tide.

Alabama surrendered 139 total yards, with 71 coming from the Brian Maurer and Jarrett Guarantano at quarterback.

Penalties by the Tide have kept the Volunteers in the game, as Alabama’s was flagged four times for 43 yards.

Along with this, Tennessee has had success running the ball with Tim Jordan. He has 63 yards rushing on eight carries – including a long run of 33 yards.

Prior to the half, Tagovailoa sustained an injury and was helped to the medical tent. Mac Jones replaced him in the second quarter. Jones completed three of six passes for 42 yards. Hopefully, the native Hawaiian will be able to return to action.

Alabama needs a complete game effort in the second half. 

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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.

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