Tide crushes hope for repeat

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Tide crushes hope for repeat

 Ajalen Holley sprints  down the field.

Ajalen Holley sprints down the field.

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Ajalen Holley sprints down the field.

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Jeanette Slayter/ULM Photo Servi

Ajalen Holley sprints down the field.

Josh Dean

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The Crimson Tide halted any hope Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium to repeat the magic of the Warhawks’ 2007 surprise win.

Coach Berry was dissappointed in the performance of his team.

Garrett Smith steps into a pass.

Garrett Smith steps into a pass.

“I liked our gameplans coming in, but we still didn’t execute as well as we would have liked,” Berry said.

While the offense of Alabama was held to 14 points at half, the Warhawks could never gather any  momentum of their own.

As the second half unfolded, the Tide started to roll offensively and quarterback Jake Coker went for 158 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

The Warhawks were stifled by the rigidness of the Alabama defense, which has been a staple of Saban coached teams.

“We kind of missed ourselves tonight. We had a lot of busts. I had some drops,” said wide-out Ajalen Holley.

The Tide forced two interceptions from Garrett Smith and sacked him four times over the course of the game.

The offense mustered only 92 yards total  offense.

Alabama struck first on a touchdown run from three yards out on fourth down.

A Smith interception led to the Tide’s second touchdown of the half as Jake Coker threw it to Calvin Ridley from 15 yards out.

An interception on Alabama’s next drive led to no Warhawk’s points and the teams entered the half with a 14-0 score.

 Ajalen Holley sprints  down the field.

Ajalen Holley sprints down the field.

Alabama took their first possession of the second half down the field for a field goal after yet another Warhawk drive ended in a punt.

After starting with great field position on their next drive, Alabama put up its first touchdown of the second half.

The score came on a Coker pass to Michael  Nysewander from 19 yards out.

After adding another field goal to their tally, the Tide intercepted Smith for the second time during the game and turned it into seven more points.

Coker registered his third touchdown of the half tossing it to ArDarius Stewart from 16 yards out.

The final score ended with Alabama coasting to a 34-0 victory.