2012 W8 Alabama 30 @ Tennessee 20 The wins donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t get any bigger for the Crimson Tide but it came with a huge price. Heisman front runner Trent Richardson is gone for 8 weeks with a broken hand. Alabama was able to put an end to TennesseeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s win streak. The streak was spread out over 3 seasons and included last yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s national championship. Alabama had many chances to put away Tennessee but the VolÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s stepped up for a big stop on nearly every occasion. That just shows you how tough and resilient Tennessee is. The VolÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s opened the game with ball but were stopped inside the 5 yard line and held to a FG. Alabama had the same thing happen on the following drive and came away with a FG. Tennessee kicked another FG in the second qtr. Alabama answered with a TD to lead 10-6. With the clock winding down and Tennessee driving to end the half the play of the game happened. On a second and 1 from the Bama 20 Xavier Stephens rolled to his right and took a little hit and the ball floated far enough into the secondary for CB BJ Scott to pick it off, he broke a tackle and headed for the house. The 92 yard interception return would put the VolÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s squarely of the defensive (down 17-6) with Alabama set to receive the 2nd half kickoff. AlabamaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s offense was out of sorts without Richardson and Tennessee was able to shut out the Tide in the Third. Tennessee went to the air in the second half and finished the game with 29 completions on 44 attempts for 301 yards. Stephens leaned heavily on FR. WR Alex Carlson. Carlson caught 14 passes for 154 yards and set a school record for receptions. On the few times Carlson was covered Stephens used his legs to pick up yardage. Tennessee cut the lead to 4 with a 3rd quarter score. 17-13. BamaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s offense wouldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t find their groove but benefited from good field position to score the next 10 points pushing the lead to 27-13. Backup HB Jeramie Griffin had a nice 34 yard touchdown run in that stretch. Tennessee wouldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t quit, marching the field with a barrage of passes in hurry up mode. Stephens would cap off the drive with a 7 yard option keeper around the left side for a TD. TennesseeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s onside would fail. Alabama got a nice 9 yard run by Griffin and added a field goal to ice the game. Final 30-20. Tennessee has the SEC east locked up and one out of conference user game left against FSU. With their ticket to the SEC championship in hand their season is far from over. It might be a good thing their loss came this early. They are still serious players in the National Title picture. Alabama still has rivalry games at LSU and home against Auburn. They still need to post big wins to even win their division. They also host #16 Virginia Tech in week 14. Lots of work left for the Tide and they will have to do it without Richardson his injury spans 8 weeks. And any national title hopes the Tide has will require a second win over Tennessee.