NCAAF Game Recap - Alabama at Texas A&M
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Oct 12, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(1) Alabama (6-0)

14

10

10

13

47

(24) Texas A&M (3-3)

7

6

7

8

28

Tagovailoa, No. 1 Tide roll past No. 24 Texas A&M 47-28
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:57 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Alabama is back on top and Tua Tagovailoa and the Tide look to stay there for a while.

Tagovailoa threw four touchdowns to smash a school career record, and No. 1 Alabama's offense kept rolling along behind his powerful left arm with a 47-28 victory over No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season but his first touchdown of the game made him Alabama's career passing touchdowns leader, passing A.J. McCarron. The junior now has 81 for his career and leads the nation with 27 on the season.

He shrugged off the school record to focus on the importance of getting a win in Alabama's first game as No. 1 this season, and doing it against the Tide's first ranked opponent in front of a stadium record crowd of 106,479.

"You just revert back to your training. I've experienced playing at a place like Tennessee, then going to LSU, Ole Miss ... Everyone wants to beat Alabama," Tagovailoa said. "We're not done yet. As a team we have to continue to grow."

Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed briefly when Texas A&M scored a touchdown on its first possession.

Tagovailoa took over from there. He led four consecutive scoring drives, which included three touchdown passes that came on third down. The only blemish was the interception thrown in the Texas A&M end zone late in the second quarter that could have put away the game.

Tagovailoa spread the scoring around, with all of his TD strikes going to different receivers. His two longest of the day were a 47-yarder to DeVonta Smith in the first quarter and a pinpoint 33-yarder to Henry Ruggs III in the third.

"I feel I have a relationship with everyone, a good connection with everyone," Tagovailoa said.

Alabama didn't punt until there was less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Najee Harris rushed for 114 yards. Jaylen Waddle scored Alabama's first touchdown on a 31-yard catch-and-run when he shook four defenders, and he also had a big day on punt returns with four for 128 yards.

Ever the perfectionist, Alabama coach Nick Saban still found some things to pick over.

He didn't like the consecutive personal foul penalties that set up a Texas A&M scoring drive, and a rash of late penalties, which included Smith getting ejected in the final minute for throwing a punch. Texas A&M had kept the game within two scores into the fourth quarter.

"We really could have broken the game open early," Saban said. "Didn't finish the game with class."

Kellen Mond passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score for the Aggies (3-3, 1-2).

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Tide's young defense recorded five sacks but was prone to giving up some big plays that kept the Aggies hanging around. Tagovailoa's fourth touchdown pass made it 34-13, but a penalty negated an interception before blown coverage allowed a wide-open touchdown pass. But with Tagovailoa running the offense as he's doing, it didn't matter.

Texas A&M: A brutal schedule keeps beating up the Aggies. Texas A&M lost its second game to a top-ranked opponent this season. The Aggies fell to then-No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 7. Texas A&M is one of just five schools to face the No. 1 team twice in a season since the poll began in 1936, having also done it in 1970. "We have to push through it. Against good people, you can't almost get there. You got to be all the way, executing on every play," Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said.

OUTKICKING COVERAGE

Waddle had a big day because the Aggies thought they could cover Braden Mann's booming punts. They were wrong.

Mann averaged 49 yards per kick with a long of 57 and Waddle kept bringing them back the other way to set up the Tide with great field position. Alabama's scoring drives started on average at the Texas A&M 48.

"Look, people don't kick the ball to us very much," Saban said. "These guys have a great punter and everybody asked me about a great punter. My comment was a great punter is good for us because we'll get some returns on it. And we got some. He kicked it far and we returned it far. That's the way it goes."

Alabama also blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Alabama likely stays on top. The offense looks like it could win a shootout every week.

Texas A&M likely drops out of the rankings and with three losses already, it could be a while before they return.

STILL PERFECT

Saban is 18-0 when coaching against his former assistants and is 3-0 against Fisher, who was Saban's offensive coordinator when LSU won the national championship.

UP NEXT

Alabama hosts Tennessee on Oct. 19.

Texas A&M travels to Mississippi on Oct. 19.

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Passing

Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Tagovailoa 34 21 61.8 4 293 47 1 116.4
TxAM Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Mond 42 24 57.1 2 264 31 0 91.8

Rushing

Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Harris 20 114 5.7 25 0
B. Robinson Jr. 10 51 5.1 15 1
TxAM Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Mond 16 90 5.6 36 1
I. Spiller 10 27 2.7 11 0

Receiving

Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Smith 7 99 14.1 47 1
J. Jeudy 4 50 12.5 26 0
TxAM Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
Q. Davis 7 81 11.6 17 0
J. Ausbon 5 60 12.0 31 0

Fumbles

TxAM F FL
C. Prater 1 0
I. Spiller 1 1

Returning

Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 0 - 0 0 4 32.0 0 43
H. Ruggs III 4 32.8 0 40 0 - 0 0
TxAM KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Preston 1 14.0 0 14 0 - 0 0
A. Smith 0 - 0 0 1 10.0 0 10

Punting

Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. DeLong 2 59 29.5 36
TxAM Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Mann 4 199 49.8 57

Takeaways

TxAM Int Yds InTD
D. Richardson 1 16 0

Team Stats Comparison

Ala TxAM
Points For 47 28
Total Yards 448 389
Rushing Yards 155 125
Passing Yards 293 264
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/34 24/42
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/1
First Downs 25 24
Penalties - Yards 11/91 5/55
Time Of Possession 56:56 4:04
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/13 5/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 2/30 5/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ala TxAM
TxAM 8:03 TD Kellen Mond 1 yd run (Seth Small kick) 0 7
Ala 12:19 TD Jaylen Waddle 31 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 7 7
Ala 14:36 TD Devonta Smith 47 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 14 7
2nd Quarter Ala TxAM
TxAM 2:48 FG Seth Small 31 yd FG 14 10
Ala 6:11 FG Joseph Bulovas 35 yd FG 17 10
Ala 9:32 TD Najee Harris 16 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 24 10
TxAM 15:00 FG Seth Small 32 yd FG 24 13
3rd Quarter Ala TxAM
Ala 4:07 FG Joseph Bulovas 27 yd FG 27 13
Ala 7:25 TD Henry Ruggs III 33 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 34 13
TxAM 9:54 TD Jalen Wydermyer 25 yd pass from Kellen Mond (Seth Small kick) 34 20
4th Quarter Ala TxAM
Ala 1:58 TD Brian Robinson Jr. 2 yd run (blocked XP) 40 20
Ala 3:30 TD Tyrell Shavers 2 yd punt return (Joseph Bulovas kick) 47 20
TxAM 6:12 TD Jalen Wydermyer 18 yd pass from Kellen Mond (KELLEN MOND 2pt run) 47 28

Game Information

Stadium: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Attendance: 106,749
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