By WVUA 23 Web Writer Jimmy Miller
Alabama won in a 59-0 blowout over Vanderbilt on Saturday, as the Tide flexed their muscles in every facet of the game. Quarterback Jalen Hurts made few mistakes, halfbacks Damien Harris and Bo Scarborough dominated and the defense pitched a shutout, leaving the entire Vanderbilt team looking helpless.
The biggest story, perhaps, came after the starters left the game and the backups got their opportunities to play. Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa saw the field for the second week straight, scoring two touchdowns and impressing with multiple flashy throws. Tuscaloosa native freshman running back Brian Robinson made his college debut and scored his first career touchdown.
Redshirt junior guard Ross Pierschbacher said, “Fun to have those young guys in there, and you know, (freshman receiver DeVonta Smith) made that first touchdown for him and so it’s just fun to see those young guys get their first taste, especially in the SEC.”
The entire second team and some of the third team players got valuable experience in SEC play. Those players will look to use that experience to continue developing their game at the collegiate level, and preparing for when they are put into real game situations.
“I think they played a lot better today, and that’s good because we’ll need the depth and we’ll need the experience that they gained down the road in the future,” head coach Nick Saban said.
The statement win over the Commodores has Alabama at the top of the SEC once again with everybody else looking up. The Tide takes on the Rebels of Ole Miss next Saturday in Tuscaloosa, as Alabama will look to improve to 2-0 in conference play.