(1) Alabama - 27, Texas A&M - 19
October 7, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The top-ranked University of Alabama football
team used a powerful rushing attack and stout defense to defeat Texas
A&M, 27-19, Saturday night at Kyle Field.
Alabama defensive lineman LaBryan Ray (89) makes a big sack of Texas
A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) during the second half of the Alabama
at Texas A&M SEC football game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Kyle Field
in College Station, Texas.
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntemail@example.com
The Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) outgained the Aggies (4-2, 2-1 SEC)
232-71 on the ground in the win. On the defensive side of the ball,
the Alabama forced three A&M turnovers.
Junior running back Damien Harris led Alabama's rushing attack with a
game-high 124 yards, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown run in
the first quarter. Harris eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the
second time this season and fifth time in his career. Sophomore
quarterback Jalen Hurts finished the game with 56 yards on 14 carries
and a score on the ground, while going 13-of-22 for 123 yards and a
score through the air
On defense, junior defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs led the team with a
career-high 10 tackles, while junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison
and sophomore defensive lineman Raekwon Davis each finished with eight
tackles. Junior defensive standout Minkah Fitzpatrick finished with
five tackles to go along with an interception and forced fumble.
The two teams traded punts to begin the game before Texas A&M got on
the scoreboard first, gaining 36 yards on five plays, capped by a
52-yard field goal, taking the early 3-0 lead with 9:59 left in the
On the next play from scrimmage, Harris doubled back through a hole
at the line and sprinted 75 yards to the end zone to put the Tide on
top 13 seconds after the Aggies took the lead. Alabama led 7-3 after
Harris' career-long touchdown run and junior placekicker Andy
Pappanastos' extra point with 9:46 left in the first quarter.
Following a punt apiece from each team, Texas A&M controlled the ball
at their own 43-yard line, when Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond
scrambled for five yards before senior linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton
and Fitzpatrick converged on Mond and forced a fumble that was
recovered by senior linebacker Rashaan Evans at the A&M 46-yard line.
Alabama came up empty on the drive, while forcing an Aggie
three-and-out on the next possession.
After an Alabama missed field goal, the Crimson Tide defense stood
tall and forced another Texas A&M punt. On the fifth play of the UA
drive, Hurts found open space with his feet, streaking 38 yards to
set up a Pappanastos 34-yard field goal attempt later in the drive.
The 12-play, 75-yard drive, ended with Pappanastos' field goal, putting
the Tide up 10-3 with 5:41 to play in the half.
On the ensuing Aggie drive, senior defensive lineman Joshua Frazier
ripped the ball away from Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams.
The fumble was recovered by Davis at the A&M 43-yard line.
The Crimson Tide offense took advantage of the turnover, rumbling 43
yards down the field, capped off by Hurts' one-yard touchdown run.
After the Pappanastos extra point, the Tide led 17-3 with 3:16 left
in the first half.
Alabama opened up the second half by converting a big third down play,
when Hurts found junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley, for a 30-yard
pickup that was moved further day field by a personal foul by the A&M
defense to set up the Tide with first down at the Texas A&M 24-yard
line. Later in the drive, junior running back Bo Scarbrough converted
a crucial fourth-and-one to keep the Tide offense on the field. Two
plays later, Hurts found freshman wide receiver Henry Ruggs III wide
open for the eight-yard pitch-and-catch. Ruggs' third touchdown of the
year on his third reception of the season, put the Tide up 24-3, after
Pappanastos' kick, with 11:01 left in the third quarter.
Following an Alabama fumble at its own 36-yard line, its first turnover
in 37 quarters of play, dating back to Nov. 26, 2016 against Auburn,
Texas A&M scored a three-yard touchdown throw on fourth down to trim
the Tide lead to 24-10 with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, a short Alabama punt gave the Texas A&M offense
the ball at its own 46-yard line and made its way all the way down to
the UA 10-yard line before Fitzpatrick slid in front of the Aggie
receiver, picking the ball off at the UA one-yard line, keeping the
score at 24-10 with 11:45 remaining in the game.
The Tide offense was unable to move the ball off of its own goal line,
setting up a punt from its own end zone, which was blocked out of the
back of the end zone for an Aggies safety, trimming the Alabama
advantage to 24-12 with 10:18 left in the game.
After the safety, the Tide defense forced an Aggies punt while the
offense answered by driving 52 yards on 10 plays to set up Pappanastos,
who converted a 44-yard field goal attempt to extend the Alabama lead
to 27-12 with 2:09 remaining in the game.
Texas A&M responded with a one-yard touchdown run to cap a seven play
64-yard drive that narrowed the margin to 27-19 with 17 seconds left in
On the ensuing kickoff, Fitzpatrick recovered the Aggies' onside kick
attempt and returned it 39 yards to the A&M 12-yard line to seal the
Alabama returns to action at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14,
against Arkansas for the Crimson Tide's Homecoming game. Kickoff is set
for 6:15 pm CT and will be televised on ESPN.
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