It didn't take long before that tension was replaced by the all-too-familiar smell of cigar smoke filling the Bryant-Denny Stadium stands as No. 1 Alabama continued its decade of dominance over rival Tennessee with a 45-7 victory - it's 11th straight in the series.
"It does come down to being on the field a lot, getting a lot of reps", Gaulden said.
Crimson Tide leads Tennessee 7-0 with 8:21 to play in the first quarter.
"It's critical that we take positive strides every game and continue to improve on our offensive craft", said quarterback Jalen Hurts, who completed 13 of 21 passes for 198 yards and a third-quarter touchdown.
Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) moved in position to record its first offensive touchdown of the game - scratch that, its first offensive touchdown in a month - with a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line, but a run to the 1-yard line was negated by a false start penalty and Jarrett Guarantano was intercepted by Mack Wilson, who returned the ball to the Alabama 23-yard line.
Tennessee's offense failed to score a touchdown for the third consecutive game as the Vols fell to 3-4 (0-4 Southeastern Conference).
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Backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 134 yards and a touchdown, and third-string running back Najee Harris' 50 yards rushes was second-best on the team.
"I know one thing, we created tension over it, and the tension got their attention".
Alabama's defense held Tennessee to a season-low in yardage, finishing with just 108 yards Saturday, including 64 rushing - 63 of which came on 12 carries from John Kelly. Overall, Alabama ran the ball 53 times for 272 yards and four touchdowns, gained 35 first downs and averaged 7.02 yards on its 86 snaps.
The Crimson Tide controlled the second half in every aspect. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound junior has served as Alabama's most productive back this season, an impressive feat given the loaded state of the Tide backfield.
"I thought we were a little sluggish in the first half".
It wasn't a ideal game by any means. Gaulden said what he did was out of character and not how his parents raised him.