(1) Alabama - 33, (6) Texas A&M - 14
October 22, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - In a game that stayed tight into the
third quarter, the No. 1-ranked University of Alabama
Crimson Tide football team (8-0-0 overall, 5-0 in
Southeastern Conference play) used yet another defensive
touchdown to break things open against No. 6 Texas A&M
(6-1-0, 4-1-0), winning the game 33-14 on a picture-perfect
afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium in front of a capacity
crowd of 101,821 fans.
Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) recovers a
fumble and returns it for a touchdown to keep the
non-offensive scoring streak alive during the second half
of Alabama's SEC football game with Texas A&M, Saturday,
Oct. 22, 2016, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntemail@example.com
Tide freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 164 yards
while completing 15 of 25 attempts for two touchdowns with
two interceptions. Sophomore running back Damien Harris
led all rushers with 125 yards on 18 attempts while Hurts
gained 93 yards and a touchdown on 21 rushes. Senior tight
end O.J. Howard led all receivers with eight catches for
69 yards and a touchdown while wide receiver ArDarius
Stewart had 57 receiving yards and receiver Calvin Ridley
had 27 yards and a touchdown.
A&M quarterback Trevor Knight completed 14 passes on 31
attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns with one
interception. Junior running back Keith Ford led A&M with
62 yards. Wide receivers Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds
both hauled in touchdowns for the Aggies, with Kirk
gaining 58 yards through the air on nine catches while
Reynolds pulled in 27 yards on two receptions.
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster led the Tide defense
with 12 tackles, including eight solo stops. Alabama
had five sacks for 50 yards on the day, with 11 tackles
for loss for minus-74 yards. Linebacker Tim Williams
had two sacks for 27 yards and linebacker Ryan Anderson
had three tackles for loss for 12 yards.
After starting the game with a six-yard pass from Hurts
to Howard, Alabama went to its ground game for the next
five plays, starting with a 30-yard pickup by running back
Damien Harris that advanced the Tide to Aggie 41-yard
line. From there Hurts rushed for 17 yards, and running
back Josh Jacobs ran for eight and then four yards. Two
rushes by Hurts that lost yardage and an incomplete pass,
all from inside the A&M 15-yard line, brought on
placekicker Adam Griffith, who hit a 32-yard field
goal to give Alabama a 3-0 lead with 11:57 left in the
On A&M's first drive, the Aggies rushed for a yard and
then completed an 11-yard pass from Knight to wide
receiver Christian Kirk before the Tide defense forced
two incompletions and an eight-yard sack back to the
Aggie 25 to bring out the punting unit.
On its second offensive series, Alabama again moved
quickly down the field before another Griffith field
goal, this time from 28 yards out. Starting on its own
27-yard line, Hurts hit Ridley for a pair of nine-yard
receptions and Harris rushed twice for 19 yards in the
first four plays of the drive. Jacobs then rushed twice
for 10 yards and caught an 11-yard pass from Hurts to
push Alabama to the Aggie 20-yard line. Harris rushed
for six-yards to the Aggie 15 before Alabama bogged down
and the kicking unit came out and pushed the Alabama
lead to 6-0 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.
A&M moved the ball 19 yards on three rushes after starting
its second drive from its 14-yard line. Running back
Trayveon Williams gained nine yards on two rushes to
start the drive before Knight picked up a first down to
the Aggie 31 with an eight-yard gain. After Williams
rushed for a five-yard loss to make it second and 15,
Knight passed 13 yards to Kirk, reaching the Aggie 39
before Tide safety Hootie Jones made the stop, making
it third and two. Williams was stopped by Tide defensive
end Jonathan Allen for no gain, forcing fourth down and
bringing out the punt team.
After a 53-yard punt by A&M, Alabama went to work on its
12-yard line. A pass interference call on the Aggies to
start the series made it first-and-10 on the 28. Three
consecutive rushes by running back Bo Scarbrough moved
the ball to the 38. The third carry resulted in a fumble
that was recovered by Alabama at its own 35 and ended the
Alabama rushed for 96 yards on 15 attempts in the opening
period while Hurts was 5-of-8 in passing for 33 yards. The
Aggies ran seven times for five yards in the first quarter
and had three receptions on five attempts for 20 yards.
Hurts ran for six yards to open the second quarter before
tossing a 14-yard pass to Howard, taking the ball to the
Aggie 45. Harris then ripped off a 30-yard run to take the
ball to the A&M 15-yard line. Hurts then ran the ball nine
yards to the Aggie six-yard line. Harris rushed for a yard
before Hurts' pass to Howard went for five yards and a
touchdown. Griffith's point-after attempt was true and
Alabama led 13-0 with 12:59 left in the first half.
Starting on his own 17-yard line, Aggie running back
Keith Ford ran for 12 yards and then caught a 21-yard
pass from Knight to move the Aggies to the 50-yard line.
Two Knight-to-Kirk passes for 15 yards put the ball on
the UA 35-yard line. Three more pass plays from Knight
to Kirk failed to gain a first down, resulting in another
Five rushes and an incomplete pass on Alabama's next
drive resulted in the Tide's first punt of the day with
JK Scott booming one 59 yards, followed by a 10-yard
return by Kirk and a 19-yard illegal block penalty on
the Aggies. That put the ball on A&M 22 to start the
The A&M drive resulted in the Aggies' first three-and-out
of the game which was followed by the first turnover of
the game when Hurts' third-down pass was picked off by A&M
middle linebacker Claude George, setting the Aggies up
on their own 34 after George's return lost 26 yards. A&M
strong safety Donovan Wilson was called for targeting
during the interception return, moving the ball back to
the A&M 34. On the next play, Tide cornerback Marlon
Humphrey picked off Knight for the game's second
consecutive turnover, giving Alabama the ball on the UA 25.
After losing a yard on a first-down rush, Hurts found
wide receiver ArDarius Stewart for 46 yards to the A&M
30-yard line. After a five-yard false start penalty,
Hurts threw 21 yards to Howard for another first down
at the Aggies' 14-yard line. After two rushes by Jacobs
netted two yards and incompletion, Griffith came on to
attempt a 29-yard field goal which was wide right and no
A&M got on the scoreboard on its next drive. Ford rushed
for 19 yards on four attempts to the UA 36 before Knight
ran 27 yards to the UA nine-yard line. From there, Knight
hit wide receiver Josh Reynolds for a nine-yard touchdown
pass. Daniel LaCamera's point-after attempt was good and
Alabama's lead went to 13-7 with 31 seconds left in the half.
Tide defensive end Dakota Ball returned the ensuing
kickoff 16 yards to the UA 38. After Jacobs rushed for
no gain on first down, Hurts threw for 12 yards to
Stewart and a combined 15 yards to Howard on two
consecutive throws, moving the ball to the Aggie 35.
A five-yard false start penalty moved the ball back
to the Aggie 40 and, after a series of timeouts, Hurts'
deep throw with five seconds left in the half was
intercepted in the end zone by Aggie strong safety Justin
Evans to end the half.
Alabama ended the half with 157 rushing yards on 29
attempts and 146 receiving yards. Hurts had 12 completions
on 20 attempts for one touchdown with two interceptions.
A&M had 65 yards rushing on 16 attempts while throwing
for 85 yards. Knight had nine completions on 17 attempts
and one touchdown with one interception.
The Aggies came out running in the second half. Ford ran
twice for 19 yards to start the third quarter and, after
an incompletion and a false start penalty, Knight rushed
twice for eight yards. Knight then went to the air,
hitting wide receiver Jeremy Tabuyo for 33 yards to the
UA 25-yard line. Knight then threw for 25 yards to Kirk
for the Aggies' second touchdown. LaCamera's extra-point
attempt was good and the Aggies took a 14-13 lead with
12:54 left in the third quarter.
Alabama answered A&M with a touchdown of its own on the
next possession. Stewart returned the kickoff to the
23-yard line. After getting sacked for five yards on the
first play of the drive, Hurts passed 11 yards to Howard
and then ran for five yards and the first down. Three
straight incompletions would have brought up fourth down,
but a roughing the passer penalty on linebacker Shaan
Washington brought about a first down at the UA 49. From
there, Harris ran for five and Hurts went for two before
throwing the ball for five yards to Ridley for the first
down. Hurts ran for five and Harris ran twice for 13 yards
to get the ball to the Aggie 21. Hurts then raced 19 yards
to the A&M two-yard line before losing two yards back to the
four. From there, Hurts hit Ridley in the right flat for
a touchdown. Griffith's extra point was good and Alabama
was back on top, 20-14.
The two teams traded punts, giving A&M the ball back with
2:39 left in the third quarter. On the sixth play of the
drive, Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson caused a fumble by
Ford that was recovered by defensive end Jonathan Allen,
who rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown. Alabama's two-point
conversion attempt failed and the Tide led, 26-14, with
21 seconds left in the third quarter. It was Alabama's
fourth consecutive game with a defensive touchdown and
its 10th with a non-offensive touchdown.
Alabama gained 39 yards rushing on 12 attempts in the
third quarter while Hurts had three completions on five
attempts for 20 yards. A&M rushed 11 times, also for 39
yards, in the third while Knight completed three passes
on six attempts for 56 yards.
Knight was sacked for a 12-yard loss to start the fourth
quarter and the Aggies would punt two plays later. Alabama
struck quickly for its fourth touchdown of the day.
Starting on the Aggies' 47-yard line, Hurts ran for eight
yards and Harris picked up two more for the first down
before Hurts slashed 37 yards for a touchdown. Griffith's
extra point split the uprights and Alabama led, 33-14,
with 12:17 left in the game.
Both teams turned the ball over on downs in the next three
possessions, bringing the clock to 1:47 left in the game.
On the final possession of the game, Scarbrough rushed five
consecutive plays, picking up 28 yards to close out the
Alabama is off next Saturday before returning to action on
Saturday, Nov. 5, taking on the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium
in Baton Rouge, La.