NCAAF Game Recap - New Mexico State at Alabama
Sat Sep 7, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

New Mexico State (0-2)

0

0

7

3

10

(2) Alabama (2-0)

21

17

24

0

62

Tagovailoa, No. 2 Alabama romp over New Mexico State, 62-10
Sat Sep 7, 2019 8:31 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa's first throw went backward to Henry Ruggs III, who sprinted 75 yards to the end zone.

That's about how the day went for No. 2 Alabama.

Tagovailoa passed for three touchdowns and ran 25 yards for a fourth, all in the first half of the Crimson Tide's 62-10 victory over New Mexico State Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (2-0) was off to the races starting with the game's first play, when Ruggs collected the lateral in a play that was initially ruled a pass.

"We knew we wanted to start fast and what's the best way to start than first play a 75-yard touchdown," Ruggs said.

It didn't get any better for the Aggies (0-2) after that in sweltering conditions that contributed to thousands of empty seats at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy tied the school record with three touchdown catches, covering 21, 23 and 19 yards. He caught eight passes for 103 yards in his second straight big game .

Ruggs also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in a game that started under a 95-degree temperature with a triple-digit heat index.

There was just the right amount of drama for a Tide team facing 55 1/2-point underdogs: Zero.

Tagovailoa played one series into the third quarter before exiting, but not before becoming the eighth Tide quarterback with 5,000 career passing yards. He also darted up the middle for the scoring run and finished 16-of-24 passing for 227 yards. The first play, he didn't mind giving up the passing stat.

"I didn't expect us to score on the first play," Tagovailoa said. "It was a little bubble throw. It just shows what kind of guys we've got. You can throw something as short as that and they turn it into a big play."

Alabama outgained New Mexico State 603-262 in total yards.

The Tide backups delivered big plays as well. Mac Jones hit Jeudy for that 19-yard score and freshman tailback Keilan Robinson raced 74 yards for a touchdown.

The Aggies scored on Jason Huntley's 4-yard catch from Josh Adkins in the third quarter, set up by Adkins' 44-yarder to Tony Nicholson. Beyond that, it was an uphill battle.

"They've just got electric players all over the field, so the margin of error is so small," Aggies coach Doug Martin said. "If you turn the ball over, they're going to make great things happen, and if you just give them a step, a wide receiver can get behind you and run it back without being tackled. They're just an elite team."

TREVON DIGGS CRAMPS

Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs was carried off the field by two trainers and directly to the medical tent in the third quarter. Diggs had started walking with assistance before the trainers picked him up near the sideline, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was just cramps.

PATH TO IMPROVEMENT

Saban said the performance was "sloppy" late in the game with the backups in. He was also asked about improving from such mismatches.

"Do I think we can get better in games like this? I do," he said. "If you approach the game right and you practice the right way and you prepare and you have the right focus and you play to your standard, you can get better playing anybody."

O-LINE CHANGE

With the two top centers held out, Florida State transfer Landon Dickerson got his first start at the position. Chris Owens and backup Emil Ekiyor Jr. sat out with unspecified injuries.

THE TAKEAWAY

New Mexico State: Has had a brutal schedule to open the season. The Aggies lost at No. 22 Washington State 58-7, but don't face any more teams that are currently ranked. Adkins completed 19 of 30 passes for 145 yards with the touchdown and an interception that ended New Mexico State's best drive of the first half.

Alabama: Did have modest offensive issues early for the second straight game, with back to back three-and-out possessions in the first quarter. It didn't even come close to mattering in this one, but it's something to work on. The defense forced two turnovers and has allowed only 10 points in the first two games. More good news given Alabama's issues with kicking woes: freshman Will Reichard booted field goals of 48 and 49 yards and was perfect on extra points.

UP NEXT

New Mexico State: Hosts San Diego State.

Alabama: Opens Southeastern Conference play at South Carolina.

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Passing

NMSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Adkins 30 19 63.3 1 145 44 1 72.2
M. Romero 6 2 33.3 0 16 9 0 42.4
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Tagovailoa 24 16 66.7 3 227 39 0 136.6
M. Jones 9 5 55.6 1 58 23 0 112.3

Rushing

NMSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Foley 7 51 7.3 22 0
D. Dan 2 22 11.0 13 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Robinson 5 80 16.0 74 1
H. Ruggs III 1 75 75.0 75 1

Receiving

NMSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Nicholson 2 44 22.0 44 0
O. Clark 4 26 6.5 15 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jeudy 8 103 12.9 23 3
H. Ruggs III 4 66 16.5 39 1

Fumbles

NMSt F FL
J. Adkins 1 0
J. Huntley 1 1

Returning

NMSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
O. Clark 0 - 0 0 1 1.0 0 1
Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 0 - 0 0 3 9.3 0 23
H. Ruggs III 1 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0

Punting

NMSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Theisler 8 353 44.1 65
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. DeLong 3 123 41.0 44
W. Reichard 1 39 39.0 39

Takeaways

Ala Int Yds InTD
P. Surtain II 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

NMSt Ala
Points For 10 62
Total Yards 262 603
Rushing Yards 101 318
Passing Yards 161 285
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/36 21/33
Turnovers 3 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 0/0
First Downs 14 23
Penalties - Yards 1/15 4/35
Time Of Possession 3:03 57:57
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/15 7/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 8/44 4/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NMSt Ala
Ala 0:13 TD Henry Ruggs III 75 yd run (Will Reichard kick) 0 7
Ala 5:52 TD Jerry Jeudy 21 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 0 14
Ala 15:00 TD Jerry Jeudy 23 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 0 21
2nd Quarter NMSt Ala
Ala 4:52 TD Henry Ruggs III 10 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 0 28
Ala 11:11 TD Tua Tagovailoa 25 yd run (Will Reichard kick) 0 35
Ala 13:56 FG Will Reichard 48 yd FG 0 38
3rd Quarter NMSt Ala
Ala 6:40 TD Najee Harris 8 yd run (Will Reichard kick) 0 45
NMSt 9:01 TD Jason Huntley 4 yd pass from Josh Adkins (Dylan Brown kick) 7 45
Ala 11:41 TD Jerry Jeudy 19 yd pass from Mac Jones (Will Reichard kick) 7 52
Ala 13:20 FG Will Reichard 49 yd FG 7 55
Ala 14:47 TD Keilan Robinson 74 yd run (Will Reichard kick) 7 62
4th Quarter NMSt Ala
NMSt 5:00 FG Dylan Brown 43 yd FG 10 62

Game Information

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Attendance: 100,710
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