No. 2 Alabama Football Opens 2020 Season with a 38-19 Win Over Missouri
October 3, 2020
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide won its
19th-consecutive home opener with a 52-24 victory over No. 13 Texas A&M on
Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. UA moves to 2-0 on the season, while the
Aggies dip to 1-1.
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The Tide offense shined, collecting 544 total yards of offense in the win.
Redshirt junior quarterback Mac Jones finished 20-of-27 for a career-high
435 yards and four scores. Sophomore John Metchie III led the receivers
with a career-best five catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while
junior Jaylen Waddle added another five receptions for 142 yards and a
score. Senior running back Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for a game-high 60
yards on 10 carries, while fellow senior Najee Harris recorded two rushing
touchdowns and 43 yards on the ground.
On defense, Alabama forced a pair of turnovers, which included a 47-yard
interception return for a touchdown by redshirt junior Daniel Wright and
another interception in the end zone for freshman Malachi Moore. Sophomore
Christian Harris racked up 10 tackles and a quarterback hurry, while
sophomore Jordan Battle added nine tackles and a pass breakup.
Mac Jones connected with John Metchie III for a 78-yard yard touchdown to
get the Crimson Tide on the board first. The drive lasted 1:18 and took
three plays to go 80 yards following the missed field goal attempt from
Najee Harris capped off a seven-play, 66-yard drive with a six-yard rush
to give Alabama its second touchdown of the game. The drive lasted 3:14.
Ainias Smith caught a 47-yard pass from Kellen Mond late in the first for
the Aggies. The drive consisted of five plays that went 75 yards over 2:45.
Texas A&M evened the score with a 17-yard touchdown reception from Mond to
Ryan Renick. It was the first play of the drive following a 23-yard
interception return from DeMarvin Leal.
Alabama took the lead back as Harris carried the ball in for a two-yard
score at the end of a seven-play, 66-yard drive that lasted 2:34.
Daniel Wright intercepted Mond and returned 47 yards for the score and
Alabama's first non-offensive touchdown of 2020.
The Tide's fifth touchdown of the game was scored on a two-yard pass from
Jones to DeVonta Smith. The drive was just shy of a minute, lasting 0:59,
with eight plays for 64 yards.
Seth Small's 29-yard field goal completed the 12-play, 40-yard drive for
the Aggies that lasted 4:59.
Mac Jones tossed to Jaylen Waddle for 87 yards and Alabama's third
receiving touchdown of the day. The drive went for 1:39 and consisted
of three plays for 75 yards.
A 27-yard field goal from Will Reichard finished off the Tide's first
drive of the final quarter. The 10-play, 68-yard drive lasted 5:32.
For the second time in the game, Mond connected with Smith, this time
for the 14-yard score to end a seven-play, 75-yard drive (2:49).
Jones once again found Metchie III down field, resulting in a 63-yard
touchdown for the final score of the contest. The drive lasted 1:52 and
went 75 yards across four plays.
Alabama takes to the road once again, this time traveling to Oxford to
take on Ole Miss on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Crimson Tide and Rebels are
scheduled for a 5 p.m. CT kickoff at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with the
game airing live on ESPN. The matchup will be the 68th meeting between
the two schools with UA holding a 55-10-2 (52-11-2 NCAA) all-time
advantage in the series.
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