Nick Saban talks Jeremy Pruitt, Butch Jones following win

Nick Saban talks Jeremy Pruitt, Butch Jones following win

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Nick Saban talks Jeremy Pruitt, Butch Jones following win

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KNOXVILLE – No. 1 Alabama improves to 8-0 on the season after defeating Tennessee, 58-21.

58 points are the most ever scored by an opponent at Neyland Stadium.

Alabama was led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, completing 19-of-29 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns.

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“I am really proud of our players and the way we played in this game,” Nick Saban said. “This is always a tough game and tough time of the year. We have played eight games in a row. I thought we responded really well and controlled the game in the second half.

“The defense played pretty well in the second half. We were able to run the ball and take the air out of it a little bit. We made some explosive plays in the first half.”

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Jeremy Pruitt coached for Saban at Alabama for eight seasons. Saban commented on Pruitt and the early stages of the first-year UT head coach building his program.

“Give Tennessee’s players a lot of credit,” Saban said. “They played really hard, and they will fight. They have a lot of resiliency, and Jeremy Pruitt is doing a really good job with them.

“They had a really good plan against us. They had us confused in the second quarter. We played nickel in the second half against some of their stuff, and we were able to adjust a little bit better.”

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Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is now an offensive analyst at Alabama and Crimson Tide players dumped Gatorade on Jones late in the fourth quarter.

“I am just really pleased,” Saban said of the victory. “Our guys are having a lot of fun in the locker room. It’s always good to see the players have fun. They love the tradition of this game.

“It was good to see Butch Jones get dumped on out there. He was happy. He has done a great job for us, and we really appreciate the things he has done for our program.”

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