COLLEGE STATION-The Aggies (4-2) played host to top-ranked Alabama (6-0) in their toughest matchup of the season. Texas A&M never looked intimidated by the Tide and they never backed down. In the end Alabama was just too tough for the Texas A&M to overcome, as the Tide won 27-19.
The Alabama rushing attack
Alabama prides themselves on being able to run the ball effectively and drain the game clock in the process. The Tide rushed the ball 43 times for 235 yards and they averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Damien Harris was the leading rusher for Alabama with 14 carries, 124 yards and a touchdown. The load was shared equally amongst the Alabama team, as Bo Scarborough had 15 carries for 59 yards and Channelview native Jalen Hurts had 14 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Texas A&M freshman QB Kellen Mond had a solid performance against a dominant Alabama defense. Mond found himself running for his life on some plays and at times made miraculous plays out of nothing. Kellen finished the game 19/29, 237 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception to go with a rushing touchdown.
Relentless Defense by Alabama
The Alabama defense was in the Texas A&M backfield all game, as the on the battle up front. During the game, the Alabama defense forced the Aggies to punt four times, fumble twice, turnover on downs twice, and throw one interception. Texas A&M was able to win the time of possession 32:28 to 27:32 and they managed to gain 308 yards against the Tide defense, but they were crippled by the three turnovers.
Confidence Boost for A&M
Even though the Aggies weren’t able to come away victorious, they should come away confident. Texas A&M played outstanding overall and Kellen Mond put up better numbers than Jalen Hurts. The Aggies held an Alabama offense that averages 46 points per game to just 27 points. Texas A&M had the same amount of first downs as Alabama, 16 and the Aggies had 114 more passing yards than the Tide. Kevin Sumlin and John Chavis have a young squad with a lot of upside and potential, it will be fun to see how the Aggies progress the rest of the season.
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