No. 7 Alabama put on quite a show Saturday, shutting out No. 21 Texas A&M 59-0 in Tuscaloosa. The past two games, the Tide had put up lackluster performances on offense, which brought up questions surrounding Lane Kiffin’s offensive schemes. This week however, Alabama gave us a performance we are used to seeing from the Tide on both sides of the ball.
In the first half, Alabama’s defense stifled A&M’s offense, allowing a total of 51 yards. The Crimson Tide went into the locker room at halftime up 45-0, and out gained the Aggies by 449 yards.
Alabama quarterback Blake Sims threw for 268 yards on 16-27 attempts. He tossed three touchdowns on the day and was a great game manager. Sims also added a 46-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
During the second quarter Alabama set a school-record, tallying five touchdowns in the quarter. Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill struggled, completing 17-of-26 attempts for just 138 yards.
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper rebounded well from his performance against Arkansas with his 12th career game with over 100 receiving yards. Cooper finished the day with 8 receptions, 140 yards, and two touchdowns.
Last week, Alabama converted on just 4-of-15 third-downs and committed four penalties during the game. They cleaned up their act this week, converting on 9-of-15 third-down conversions, and committed zero penalties.
The Tide were committed to a balance attack, rushing for 298 yards on the ground and 302 yards through the air. Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 114 yards on 8 carries and two touchdowns. Derrick Henry also added 70 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.
Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin was very disappointed with the result.
“I thought we were prepared,” Sumlin stated. “I thought we had energy during the pregame warmups. Obviously the performance was extremely poor.”
“We go into every game expecting to win, expecting a great performance,” wide receiver Malcome Kennedy said. “This game we just got exposed a little bit more.”
The Aggies obviously have a lot to improve on. Kenny Hill and Texas A&M’s offense compiled only eight first downs the entire game, compared to Alabama’s 30. They previously averaged 151.6 rushing yards per game, but only managed 31 yards rushing against Alabama.
Texas A&M will have an off-week to prepare for Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 1. Hopefully this non-conference matchup will give them the opportunity to regroup before traveling to Auburn to face off against the Tigers on Nov. 8.
Alabama will carry their momentum into Knoxville this upcoming weekend against their rivals, Tennessee. It will be the first time offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will return to Knoxville since he took the Southern Cal head coaching job back in January of 2010. The Tide will look to extend their seven game winning streak against the Vols since Saban took over in Tuscaloosa.
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