No. 2 Alabama Football Cruises to 62-10 Win Over New Mexico State
September 7, 2019
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2-ranked Alabama football team put up 603 yards of
total offense in its 62-10 win against New Mexico State in the Crimson Tide's
home opener inside Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. Alabama moved to 2-0 on the
season while the Aggies dropped to 0-2.
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On offense, junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa totaled 227 yards on 16-of-24
passing and three touchdowns, to go along with a 25-yard rushing touchdown.
Junior wideout Jerry Jeudy had a career-high three touchdowns, after ending
his day with eight receptions and 103 yards. Junior wide receiver Henry Ruggs
III added 141 total yards and two scores of his own with one on the ground
and one receiving.
On defense, senior defensive end Raekwon Davis and junior defensive back
Xavier McKinney tied for the most tackles with six each. Sophomore defensive
back Patrick Surtain II came up with his first interception of the season
while also forcing a fumble.
The first play from scrimmage resulted in a touchdown for the Tide as Ruggs
III rushed for 75 yards down the sideline to give the Tide a 7-0 advantage
just 13 seconds into the game.
On the next offensive possession, Alabama went 89 yards in 10 plays, capped
by Jeudy scoring his first touchdown of the day from 21 yards out. The
Crimson Tide led 14-0 with 9:08 left in the opening frame.
Later in the first quarter, Tagovailoa found Jeudy for their second touchdown
connection of the game, this time it was a 23-yard score that had the Tide up
21-0 as time expired in the first quarter.
Alabama continued to pile on the points in the second quarter when Tagovailoa
connected with Ruggs III for a 10-yard score to finish a seven-play, 72-yard
scoring drive. The Tide held a 28-0 advantage with 10:08 left before the half.
On the ensuing New Mexico State possession, the Tide defense came up with a
turnover as sophomore defensive back Patrick Surtain II picked off a pass at
the Tide's 16-yard line to setup the Alabama offense. The Tide only needed
five plays to go 84 yards, with Tagovailoa running it in from 25-yards out to
give UA the 35-0 lead.
Just before the half, freshman kicker Will Reichard split the uprights from
48 yards for the first made field goal of his career, extending the lead to
38-0 at the break.
The onslaught continued in the second half with junior running back Najee
Harris taking it in for an eight-yard score with 8:20 to go in the third. UA
led 45-0 after the nine-play 55-yard drive.
New Mexico State got on the board midway through the third period with a
four-yard pitch-and-catch, before Alabama responded on its next drive with
another score. Junior quarterback Mac Jones found Jeudy for the wideout's
third score of the day to push the lead to 52-7.
Later in the quarter, Reichard knocked in his second field goal of the day,
this time from 49 yards out, making it 55-7.
To close the third period, freshman running back Keilan Robinson scampered 74
yards for the first score of his Alabama career.
New Mexico State added a field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 62-10,
the eventual final.
Tagovailoa finished with four scores for the second consecutive game to begin
his 2019 campaign.
Jeudy went over 100 yards for the third consecutive game dating back to last
year. The junior also set a new career-high with three receiving touchdowns.
Ruggs III showed his explosiveness on the first play of the game taking the
ball 75 yards for a rushing score. He followed it up with a receiving
touchdown in the second quarter, his first of the season.
Reichard made the first two field goals of his career Saturday, knocking it
through from 48 and 49 yards on the day.
On the defensive side of the ball, McKinney tied for the most tackles on the
team with six, including one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry.
Surtain II recorded his first interception on the year and forced fumble to
go along with one pass breakup to hold down the secondary.
For the game, Alabama outgained New Mexico State 603-262 including grinding
out over 300 yards on the ground. The 600-plus yards were the most when the
Tide tallied 639 on Oct. 18, 2018 at Arkansas.
UA averaged 9.9 yards per carry after putting up 318 rushing yards on 32
carries and four scores from four different rushers.
At the half, Alabama had 391 yards compared to the Aggies' 64.
The Tide defense stood tall with seven tackles-for-loss and three sacks on
Alabama won the turnover battle 3-0 after forcing two fumbles and picking off
Alabama will face its first true road test next Saturday, Sept. 14, when it
takes on South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Kickoff between the Crimson Tide
and Gamecocks is set for 2:30 p.m. CT with the game airing live on CBS.
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