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              === No. 1 Alabama keeps Tennessee winless in SEC ===
 
 Knoxville,  TN  (Sports  Network)  - AJ  McCarron  completed  17-of-22  passes
 for  a career-best 306 yards along with four touchdowns, as top-ranked Alabama
 blew out Tennessee, 44-13, at Neyland Stadium.
 
 T.J.  Yeldon  rushed for 129 yards  and a pair  of scores for the Crimson Tide
 (7-0,  4-0 SEC), which hosts nationally-ranked Mississippi State next Saturday
 night.  The  Bulldogs  are  also  7-0 following  a  blowout  win  over  Middle
 Tennessee.
 
 Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 162 yards and two TDs.
 
 "Everyone  came out  fired up. We came  out and set the tone early, and that's
 what we needed to do," McCarron said.
 
 A.J. Johnson ran for a touchdown, and Tyler Bray completed 13-of-27 passes for
 184  yards  and was picked  off twice for the  Volunteers (3-4, 0-4), who lost
 their third straight game.
 
 "We got whipped by a great football team in just about every phase," Tennessee
 coach  Derek  Dooley said. "I'm  really disappointed  that we didn't execute a
 little  better on  offense. That's probably the thing I was a little surprised
 at.  The  quarterback didn't  play well.  Not sure why.  It's a great defense.
 That's  not  to take anything away  from Alabama. Nobody's really done much on
 them."
 
 McCarron  found Cooper  alone in the right  side of the end zone for a 23-yard
 score with 8:18 left in the first quarter.
 
 Michael  Palardy then  kicked a  32-yard field  goal for  the Volunteers,  and
 Tennessee  stayed in the  game when Cade Foster missed wide right on a 44-yard
 field goal try early in the second quarter.
 
 C.J.  Mosley's  interception of Bray set  up the Crimson Tide at the Tennessee
 32.  Yeldon carried  the ball all four times during the short drive, finishing
 it with a 1-yard plunge. The margin stood at 13-3 due to a blocked extra point
 try.
 
 Cooper's  54-yard  catch highlighted another Alabama scoring drive. McCarron's
 pass  to a wide  open Michael Williams in the end zone widened the gap to 20-3
 with 6:55 remaining in the half.
 
 Johnson  scored on  a 2-yard run off  a direct snap on the ensuing series, but
 the  Crimson Tide got  a 34-yard field goal from Jeremy Shelley with 1:24 left
 for a 23-10 difference at the break.
 
 The  Vols  may have  been closer, but  Justin Hunter dropped  a long pass that
 would have put Tennessee in field goal range.
 
 Foster  missed  a 45-yard  field goal  attempt early in  the third, this after
 Alabama had a TD pass wiped out due to a penalty.
 
 The  Vols threatened to  cut into the deficit later in the period, but Johnson
 was stuffed for no gain on 4th-and-1 from the Alabama 33.
 
 "I  think it  was a big play of  the game," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "It
 was big on third down because they took a shot, and we defended it."
 
 The Crimson Tide drove to the end zone on the following series with McCarron's
 42-yard TD strike to Cooper.
 
 Alabama turned an interception into points early in the fourth when Kenny Bell
 caught a 39-yard scoring toss from McCarron for a 37-10 margin.
 
 Yeldon scored on a 43-yard run before Palardy kicked a 21-yard field goal.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Alabama  has  won the last six  meetings ... McCarron's passing yards were the
 most  in  a single game  for Alabama since Greg  McElroy threw for 377 against
 Auburn Nov. 26, 2010 ... Alabama and Louisiana Tech are the only FBS teams not
 to  have  thrown an  interception this  season. It  has been  10 games since a
 Crimson  Tide quarterback  threw  an  interception ...  McCarron  now has  239
 passing  attempts  without an  interception  ...  Tennessee is  2-10  all-time
 against  top-ranked teams and hasn't beaten a No. 1 squad since Sept. 28, 1985
 vs. Auburn ... The Vols haven't won against a ranked team since beating No. 21
 South Carolina, 31-13, on Oct. 31, 2009.
 
 
 10/20 23:48:45 ET