Game analysis: No. 1 Alabama 49, Chattanooga 0
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
Nov 23, 2013 | 2311 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AJ McCarron with his mother, Dee Dee Bonner, during pregame ceremonies honoring the Crimson Tide’s seniors. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
AJ McCarron with his mother, Dee Dee Bonner, during pregame ceremonies honoring the Crimson Tide’s seniors. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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Offense

Other than a failed fourth down conversion early, Alabama was able to do whatever it wanted. The Crimson Tide moved the ball at will and put up 21 points in the second quarter. The starters remained in for one possession of the second half and scored a touchdown to make it 35-0.

The second team came in and picked up where the first group left off. The second unit pounded away and milked the clock with first down after first down. The second group also put points on the board to further put the game out of reach.

Reserves such as running back Derrick Henry and wide receiver Chris Black were able to score rushing touchdowns. The only negative was left guard Arie Kouandjio going down in the second quarter with a twisted ankle. He didn’t return to the game, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said afterward he could’ve played, if needed.

Defense

The starters pitched a shutout and the reserves came in and kept the goose egg on the board. Chattanooga’s offense never got into rhythm because Alabama was swarming from the opening kick.

The Crimson Tide was able to give a few young contributors more snaps on defense, which will be helpful going forward. Alabama’s defense is playing like one of the best in the country.

Special teams

Return man Christion Jones muffed the first punt of the game, which resulted in a turnover, but he immediately made up for it by returning one for a 75-yard touchdown.

Alabama’s special teams didn’t get much work other than kickoffs and punt returns. Alabama attempted to convert a few fourth downs, so punter Cody Mandell and kicker Cade Foster had a pretty light afternoon.

Coaching

The coaching staff had a solid game plan going in, and the players executed.

There wasn’t much sloppy play, and that can be attributed to a tough week of practice. The team didn’t waste time putting this one away as they did against Colorado State earlier this season. The Tide came out and took away Chattanooga’s fight early.

Overall

Alabama took care of business in all phases of the game. This game was only a small road block in front of big things to come.

The Tide was able to rest some key players to ensure they are healthy going into the Iron Bowl. Fans shouldn’t read too much into how the team played in this one. Alabama will be locked and loaded for its showdown at Auburn.
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