No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M

After their three rushing attempts were unsuccessful, the Aggies went for it on fourth-and-goal.

Only two teams since World War II have won every game by 14 points or more: Nebraska in 1995 and Utah in 2004. Kirk was able to keep one foot in bounds to complete the jaw-dropping catch that narrowed the Alabama lead to 24-10 with 1:39 to go in the third quarter. "You have to go out there and beat them".

The Aggies have already racked up 20 sacks - led by 5.5 from junior defensive end Landis Durham - and are receiving solid play from senior safety Armani Watts (team leader with three interceptions and 37 tackles) and junior weakside linebacker Otaro Alaka (team-best seven tackles for loss). Fitzpatrick nabbed the only pick that Mond tossed.

"Obviously, there's a relationship there with the family", Sumlin said Wednesday. We want to prove that we can be a fourth quarter team, and play in a tough game in a tough environment, but we couldn't...

Alabama needed only four plays to cover 43 yards.

For the first time since it began its SEC campaign, Alabama had to fight to the end.

Henry Ruggs III was called into duty Saturday in multiple roles, including replacing sophomore Trevon Diggs (foot injury) as Alabama's primary punt returner against A&M.

"I've known his father for a long time from my days at the University of Houston, his dad being the coach at Channelview even before he was in high school", the Aggies coach said. The defense wasn't at its sharpest either, particularly in covering Williams coming out of the backfield on pass plays. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 8.6 points and 249 yards per game. The Aggies cashed in the excellent field position with a 36-yard touchdown drive. Early indications from Las Vegas also has Alabama predicted as five touchdown favorites over Tennessee and almost four touchdown favorites over LSU.

Saban said he hadn't even really thought about it, noting "maybe that's a mistake on our part", but saying they are treating it like a business trip.

"There's no moral victory".

It would last all of one play from scrimmage. The Aggies, meanwhile, dropped to 4-2, including 2-1 against conference foes.

That was the time it would take Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris to race 75 yards to the end zone. Hurts is better this season at throwing the ball down the field on extended plays. The Aggies would strike first on their next possession, after a 31-yard pass and run to Trayveon Williams got A&M moving.

Alabama's best drive was the field goal, covering 75 yards on 12 carries. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, however, is trying to downplay that notion with his players.

The Crimson Tide have trailed for only 2:13 this season, all in their season-opening victory over Florida State. "And we certainly did that as much as we could", Saban said.

Mond was 19 of 29 for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception. If A&M can't shore things up with its SEC-worst pass defense, look for Hurts to show how far he's come as a passer early and often.

Alabama is wary of Texas A&M's Christian Kirk as both a receiver and a return man. Kirk burned the Tide for a 68-yard touchdown on a punt return two years ago.

"We were supposed to put the game away and we didn't".

No. 1 Alabama heads to College Station, Texas this weekend to take on Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference matchup.

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