DALLAS (FWAA) Freshman quarterback Jalen
Hurts rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns to lead an
overpowering rushing attack as the Alabama Crimson Tide
remained undefeated (7-0) with a decisive 49-10 win at
Tennessee. The win earned Alabama the Football Writers
Association of America National Team of the Week honor
for games of the weekend of Oct. 15.
The announcement was made on "Playbook," hosted by Chris
Carlin and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports
Nation." Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National Team
of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs from
1-4 p.m. ET.
Alabama rushed for 438 yards, the most for the Crimson Tide
since going for 451 against Tennessee in 1986, and two Alabama
players rushed for over 100 yards. In his first start, Bo
Scarbrough added 109 yards and a touchdown on only five carries,
including an 85-yard scoring run. The Crimson Tide offense
generated 594 total yards, the most in the 98-game series with
Free safety Ronnie Harrison returned an interception 58 yards
for a touchdown to put Alabama ahead 14-0 in the first quarter
to start the scoring spree. It was Alabamas eighth defensive
touchdown this season. Eddie Jackson returned a punt 79 yards
for a score to open the fourth quarter that extended the Alabama
lead to 42-10.
"We said we wanted a complete game, and they certainly did
that," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We wanted to make sure
that the other team never gained any momentum and had to play 60
minutes, and we obviously did that. I think the defense played
outstanding, but our ability to run the ball for 400 yards took
a lot of time off the clock. It took them off the field. This is
as proud of our team as Ive been all year long in terms of
playing a complete game against a really good team."
Alabama, winners of 19 straight, has defeated 11 consecutive
ranked opponents dating back to a loss to Ole Miss in September
2015. The Crimson Tide has won its last seven games against
ranked opponents as the visiting team.
The other National Team of the Week nominee for the weekend of
Vanderbilt (3-4): The Commodores won
their first Southeastern Conference road game under coach
Derek Mason, and beat Georgia for only the third time in the
last 22 meetings, 17-16. Georgia led in total yards,
421-171, but Vanderbilt scored following a long return of
the opening kickoff, and on a field goal following a Georgia
turnover to start the second half. Khari Blasingame's
two-yard run with 9:43 left was the game-winner.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the 12-person
FWAA All-America Committee – plus one fan vote from Twitter –
decide the weekly honor.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
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