TUSCALOOSA — Alabama got plenty wrong on its Tennessee exam, but by the end of the night it got the most important letter: a W.
Here are our grades from Alabama's 52-24 win over Tennessee on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium:
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young displayed another dimension of his game as he ran for a couple scores, but the offense was stagnant at times, especially in the third quarter, before turning it on late.
Some of the coverage was ugly (see the 57- and 70-yard passing touchdowns allowed). But the defense also made plays with key stops when needed. Tennessee couldn't get anything going for a while.
Special teams: D+
The Crimson Tide's special teams stood out, and not in a good way. Two errors on punts — a roughing the kicker and later getting a punt blocked — slowed Alabama's momentum.
Play-calling could have been better at times, especially with how Alabama started the second half. Still, both the offense and defense were in position to close out and win the game in big moments.
Alabama made mistakes in all three phases, but it still found ways to overcome them. Players such as running back Brian Robinson Jr., receiver Jameson Williams and cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis all stepped up as closers.