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08 Octubre 2017, 10:08 | Gerardo Tarin
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Both the Atlanta kickoff game and the road match at Vanderbilt had plenty of Crimson Tide fans attending, but Texas A&M'sKyle Field was truly hostile to Bama on Saturday night.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is often seen as a robotic figure who doesn't have a care in the world for much joy or topics of interest outside the realm of a football gridiron. Nevertheless, this Alabama football team looks like they are already playing with a chip on their shoulder after being devastated by the Clemson Tigers in the final moments of the National Championship Game previous year.
Alabama coach Nick Saban also wasn't pleased in his post-game comments, saying he'd been attempting to convince his players not to listen to the media heaping superlatives their way.
After the turnover, the A&M defense was all over the Alabama running backs, who were pinned inside their own 5-yard line. Kerryon Johnson led the way with 204 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns.
"But if we don't go out there and play a good game, then we're going to have all the problems that we had with the hurricane and we're going to have the problem that we lost".
"He's really taken control of our offense", junior tight end Hale Hentges said.
I did not expect Texas A&M to win this game tonight.
Alabama prides themselves on being able to run the ball effectively and drain the game clock in the process. "We're not going to be everybody 66-3". Prior to quarterback Deondre Francois going down at the end of the game, the Crimson Tide were still handling Jimbo Fisher's team and ultimately knocked off a top competitor that day. He was a backup to start last season when the Crimson Tide opened up in Arlington's AT&T Stadium. "But I think actually losing to UCLA in the manner humbled a lot of guys and that puts a chip on our shoulders", said Johnson.
Harris' run was the only offense in the first quarter, as the Crimson Tide only gained nine yards besides the run.
Hurts' 1-yard touchdown run giving Alabama a 17-3 lead with 3:16 to play in the second quarter helped move him into sole possession of fifth place on the Alabama career touchdown list with 47 combined passing and rushing touchdowns. Those numbers were a product of Alabama's pressure and Texas A&M's reluctance to let him stretch the field vertically.
The Aggies would scratch a little closer when a blocked punt in the end zone resulted in a safety, bringing the score to 24-12 with 10:18 to play in the game. Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond scrambled before finding receiver Christian Kirk for a 2-yard scoring pass on fourth-and-goal.
"No one tries to run against them, but we will", A&M offensive tackle Keaton Sutherland said. Even though the Aggies didn't have enough to pull the upset, they did expose some of the Tide's weaknesses.
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