Hogs battle, but No. 1 Tide roll in 65-31 rout


The Alabama Crimson Tide have reached a new level of dominance.

Tagovailoa has thrown one more touchdown pass (18) than Greg McElroy threw in Alabama's entire 2009 national championship season.

Of course, though, Saban found something to be angry about.

"I don't think you beat the other team when you give up 31 points like we did today, from a defense perspective".

"We made a lot of mistakes on defense today", Saban said.

Still, it's a little ridiculous. Didn't play together very well as a unit. Their last nine opponents averaged only 5.1 first-half points.

In case you haven't heard, Tua Tagovailoa is really good at football.

Tagovailoa connected with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy twice on passes of 42 and 60 yards for his last two scores of the afternoon. We made a lot of explosive plays, controlled the line of scrimmage pretty well.

Heisman Trophy frontrunner Tua Tagovailoa hit tight end Irv Smith Jr. on a shallow crossing route and he took it 76 yards up the sideline for a touchdown.

Technically though, Tagovailoa still received credit for the touchdown pass, so he opened the game with a flawless completion percentage for two scores. He has now led Alabama to touchdowns on 31 of the 44 drives he has been a part of. We had lots of opportunities to get off the field on third down and just didn't do it, which allowed them to extend drives.

"I've got to hold on to the ball going in; that was a big key moment", Storey said.

The Hogs and Crimson Tide kickoff at 11 a.m. on ESPN.

All that said, 14 of the 31 points came in the fourth quarter when it was long over, so this is just the latest example of Saban trying to stop the media from giving out another dose of rat poison to take the focus away from his player's focus on their job at hand.



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