For the 2017 University of Alabama football season, TideSports intern Terrin Waack is providing  select stellar stats, obscure facts and notable quotes from the most recent game to show how the Crimson Tide uses “The Process” against its opponents.

No. 1 Alabama defeated Tennessee, 45-7, at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday in front of 101,821 people in the 100th meeting between the two teams.

Stellar stats

• Ever since Nick Saban took over in 2007, Alabama has not lost a game to Tennessee. That makes 11 straight games that the Crimson Tide has celebrated in a smoky locker room thanks to the cigar tradition. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.
• Through eight games, Alabama has posted points in every quarter this season.
• This isn’t a stat, but it is stellar. After the game, Saban said freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa apologized after throwing an interception that turned into a Tennessee touchdown. That’s sweet, but it gets better. Saban also said Tagovailoa has made him more polite. Awwww.
• How’s freshman wide receiver Henry Ruggs III doing this season? Five receptions. Five touchdowns. He scored another in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard pass from Tagovailoa.

Obscure facts

• The Alabama student section wanted to be heard. During warmups, it chanted: “Keep Butch Jones. Keep Butch Jones.” Pretty funny. The students also refuse to give up “Dixieland Delight.” They tried singing it numerous times.
• Late in the second quarter, something weird happened. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts completed a pass to UA tight end Irv Smith Jr. to the Tennessee 2-yard line. The ball was stripped and rolled through the end zone. The turnover was negated because UT’s Jonathan Kongbo was called for illegal hands to the face. Then, Alabama took over at the 1-yard line. Interesting.
• The Volunteers entered the game with the No. 2 pass defense in the nation, allowing just 129.2 yards per game. The Crimson Tide finished with 332, its highest mark of the season by far. No surprise UT dropped to fourth with a new 158.1 average.
• In its last three games, Tennessee’s offense hasn’t found the end zone. It can thank its defense for the touchdown against Alabama – pick-six.

Wait, what?

• Former Alabama defensive back Eddie Jackson became the first player in NFL history to have multiple 75-plus yard defensive touchdowns in the same game. He scored on a 75-yard fumble recovery and a 76-yard interception return for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against Carolina.
• Notre Dame jumped from No. 13 to No. 9 in the latest AP poll. 

Quoting Nick Saban

On what was behind Alabama’s sluggish start…

“I can’t tell you why. If I knew why, I’d probably have a better job than what I got now and I like the job I got now and I think it’s a really good job. All right? But if I could tell you why, if I could tell you why you asked that question, hell, I wouldn’t be up here.”

Quoting the Crimson Tide

Alabama tight end Hale Hentges on whether it’s demoralizing for a defense when an offense gets it on fourth down…

“Personally, I’ve never had that happen to me because I don’t play defense.”

Quoting the opponent

Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden on flipping off Alabama student section…

“That remark that I showed was very out of character. That’s not how my parents raised me. That’s not how a leader of the team should show their emotions on the field. I sincerely apologize to the student section of Alabama for disrespecting them.” 

Name of the game

UT: Shawn Shamburger

The freshman is a defensive back for the Vols.

GAME LEADERS

Top 3 rushers

1. UA: Damien Harris, 13 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown

2. UT: John Kelly, 12 carries for 63 yards

3. UA: Najee Harris, seven carries for 50 yards 

Top 3 receivers

1. UA: Calvin Ridley, eight receptions for 82 yards

2. UA: Irv Smith Jr., three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown

3. UA: Jerry Jeudy, three receptions for 48 yards

Top 3 passers

1. UA: Jalen Hurts, 13-21-0 for 198 yards and a touchdown (sacked twice)

2. UA: Tua Tagovailoa, 9-12-1 for 134 yards and a touchdown

3. UT: Jarrett Guarantano, 9-16-1 for 44 yards (sacked four times)

Top 3 defenders

1. UT: Shawn Shamburger, 12 total tackles (a sack)

2. UT: Quart’e Sapp, 11 total tackles (a quarterback hurry)

3. UT: Micah Abernathy, nine total tackles

NEXT UP

Finally, it’s the bye week. The next game isn’t until Nov. 4 when Alabama (8-0) hosts No. 23 LSU (6-2) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.