TUSCALOOSA,AL.(WIAT) – Alabama came into this game with many questions but at the end of the day the Crimson Tide answered all those questions beating Texas A&M 59-0. Alabama got the job done on the ground through the air and on defense. Here’s the full game notes provided by the Alabama Media Relations department:
ALABAMA ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Alabama Football vs. Texas A&M – Notes & Quotes
Head Coach Nick Saban
“I was really proud of the way our players played today. I think this is as close to the Alabama football that we want to try to get from our players in terms of effort, toughness, emotional excitement and execution that we got throughout the game. Our approach to this game was that we wanted to find what exactly every position and player has to do and see if you can go out there and dominate your box and do you job. I don’t think we had many penalties; we played with a lot of discipline. Our quarterback (Blake Sims) executed the system extremely well and lots of guys made plays. Defensively, this is the best we’ve played against this kind of offense. We had to make some adjustments in the game but the players did a really good job. I thought being physical and breaking on the ball really had an effect on the game. I think we affected the quarterback with our pass rush. I thought special teams was a real positive for us. We had lots of guys out there in the end with a chance to play. They had a kickoff return against us but there was a lot of opportunity for lots of guys to play. I was really proud of the way our guys responded. I think a lot of this started last week with guys turning it loose, playing hard and physical, being more disciplined to execute and playing within the system. I really was very, very proud of the way our team played today. This was a really good game in a big game for us. We have a lot of respect for the kind of team they have, so to do it against a very good team is all the more reason to be proud.”
On how the offensive line established the tone of the game:
“I don’t think there’s any question about it. We had a little gathering with the offensive line this week and said, ‘look guys, you guys are starting to feel pressure and you’re being criticized. You’re not being the sergeant-at-arms that we need you to be in terms of how you control the line of scrimmage and how you dominate the line of scrimmage. Really, our guys aren’t going to make plays unless you do that. I believe in you, and I trust in you.’ Other than the center, we had the same offensive line that had great production early in the season. I believe we can do it again. Everyone just has to finish better and do a better job of preparing and getting to play. Not being confident and not believing you can do it is not acceptable, and not affecting other people on our offense because you guys are the guys that are going to make everyone go. I’m really proud of the way they did that today.”
On how important pressuring the quarterback was to setting the initial tone of the game:
“They went a lot of empty [formations] early in the game. They had some pretty crazy formations [that we had] to try and adjust to. I think the thing that saved us early on before we could adjust was that we did get good pass rush. They only had five guys to block and we hit them with a couple of pressures. I think that the best thing that we did, one of the keys in the game, was affecting the quarterback with four guys rushing. I think that was a real key to the game. I think the secondary did a good job of disguising, better than we ever have before when we’ve played these guys. We didn’t have to put an extra guy in the box to stop the run. That certainly helped the pass defense.”
#6 Blake Sims, Quarterback
On both the offensive effort and the total team effort:
“As an offense, we practiced hard, and we had one motto, be better than we were last week. That’s something that happened for us. As a team, we listened to our leaders. Our leaders are starting to be more outspoken and we also listened to Coach (Nick) Saban.
On the play of the offensive line:
“They played very well. I’m glad to have them up front, and I trust every guy that’s there. Grant Hill did a great job coming in for Austin Shepherd. I’m just happy to see the way they fought today.”
#93 Jonathan Allen, Defensive Lineman
On the defensive effort:
“We’ve been working on it all week, Coach Bo (Davis), Coach Saban and Coach (Lance) Thompson all put a big emphasis on playing defense the Alabama way. I’m glad that we did what we’ve been taught and coached to do. It was just a great team effort.”
On if he’s ever seen the defensive play so well against the up-tempo offense:
“Probably not. I have to give all the credit to the coaching staff and all of my teammates. They did a great job of coming together and playing for one another.
GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for today’s game against Texas A&M were Trey DePriest, DeAndrew White and Jarrick Williams. The Crimson Tide won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
SERIES HISTORY: Alabama holds a 5-2 edge in the all-time series with Texas A&M, after today’s 59-0 victory and last season’s 49-42 win in College Station. The 2012 matchup, which the Aggies won 29-24, was the first between Alabama and Texas A&M since the two teams met in College Station, on Dec. 1, 1988, a game that the Tide won, 30-10. The first contest in the series was played on Jan. 1, 1942, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Alabama won that meeting, 29-21.
LARGEST WIN OVER RANKED OPPONENT: Today’s 59-0 victory over Texas A&M is the largest win over a ranked opponent in Crimson Tide history. The old record was a 55-point win over No. 14 Syracuse in a 61-6 victory in the 1953 Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1953.
SCORING SPREE IN TUSCALOOSA: Alabama’s 59 points in today’s game against Texas A&M are the most the Crimson Tide has scored since recording 62 in a win at Duke on Sept. 18, 2010. It is also the largest margin of victory since a 66-3 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 29, 1979 and the biggest shutout victory since a 62-0 win over Tulane on Oct. 12, 1991.
ALABAMA SCORES MOST POINTS IN A QUARTER: The Crimson Tide’s 35 points in the second quarter of today’s game were the most in a quarter in program history (records dating from 1945 to present). The previous high was 34 at Ole Miss on Oct. 7, 1989.
TIDE PUTS UP SECOND-MOST POINTS IN A HALF: Alabama scored 45 points in the first half of today’s game against Texas A&M marking the most points in a half since scoring 45 at Duke on Sept. 18, 2010 and the second-most points in a half in program history. The most scored by the Crimson Tide in a half came during the 1990 matchup with Vanderbilt when Alabama put up 52 in the first half.
EXCELLING ON THIRD DOWN: Alabama has been very good on third down on both sides of the ball. In today’s game, the Crimson tide converted on 60.0 percent of its third downs (9 of 15) bringing its season average to 53.0 percent (53 of 100). Defensively, Alabama only allow Texas A&M to convert on 15.4 percent of third downs as the Aggies went 2 of 13. The Crimson Tide has limited its 2014 opponents to only 30.2 percent (29 for 96) all season.
BEATING THE BEST: With the win over A&M, Alabama is 27-10 (.730) against the Associated Press top 25, including a 16-5 (.762) mark against AP top-10 teams since the start of 2008. The Crimson Tide was 3-2 in 2013 against the AP top 25 in 2013 after going 5-1 in 2012. The Tide held a 4-1 mark vs. top 25 teams in 2011 and went 5-3 against the AP top 25 in 2010.
GETTING TO THE QUARTERBACK: The Crimson Tide defense recorded six sacks in today’s game against Texas A&M, which was the most since it had five against Michigan State in Orlando on Jan. 1, 2011. Alabama now has 19 sacks on the season for an average of 2.7 per game.
HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 300: In head coach Nick Saban’s 100-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 64 times, or 64.0 percent of the time. UA has held four of seven opponents below 300 yards in 2014.
HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 200: During head coach Nick Saban’s last 88 games at the Capstone (since the start of the 2008 season), the Crimson Tide defense has held the opposing offense to fewer than 200 yards of total offense 32 times.
10 POINTS OR FEWER: Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 51 times since the start of the 2007 season, including twice in 2014 (Florida Atlantic and Texas A&M). Alabama held 9-of-13 opponents to 10 points or less in 2013 with three shutouts. The Tide limited seven of its opponents to 10 points or less in 2012, four of which were shutouts. The Tide was successful in holding opponents in the 0-10 point range in nine games in 2011 and eight times in 2010. Alabama limited opponents to that range seven times in both 2008 and 2009, and in 2007 posted two games in which it held opponents to 0-10 points. Alabama has shut out the opposition 15 times during the Saban era.
TIDE TOPS 500 AGAIN: For the fifth time in seven games Alabama has recorded at least 500 yards of total offense as the Crimson Tide finished with 602 yards in today’s game. Alabama has accumulated 3,602 yards of total offense this season for an average of 514.6 per game.
YELDON MOVES INTO SIXTH IN CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS AT UA: T.J. Yeldon’s 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter was the 30th rushing touchdown of his career, tying him for sixth place in the Alabama record books with Eddie Lacy (2010-12). Mark Ingram (2008-10) is the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns with 42.
YELDON GOES OVER 100 FOR THE 14TH TIME: T.J. Yeldon recorded the 14th 100-yard rushing game of his career, eclipsing the milestone midway through the second quarter. He finished the game with 13 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With Adam Griffith’s 21-yard field goal in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 176 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin
“It’s hard to say where we are, and I think bye week comes at a good time. Our message was similar to last week – we do need to look within and examine what we’re doing schematically. Personnel saw a bunch of new faces out there in the second half defensively. Those guys didn’t do too poorly. We need to evaluate where we are so from a timing standpoint. The bye week, I think, is much needed and will also give an opportunity to really evaluate a lot of different things going on.”
On whether he has lost control of the team:
“No, I don’t think I’ve lost them. But, however you cut it, that performance was unacceptable and embarrassing. I think Alabama had a lot to do with that, but we’ve got to get back to work and examine where we are right now.”
On the performance of Alabama:
“I thought Alabama played very well today. They played like Alabama plays. They were better physically, particularly in the first half. We came into this game knowing that if we could do what we wanted to do, we could win the game, including not giving up big plays over the top, and if we could move the ball offensively. We really didn’t generate too much, until the end, from a special teams standpoint. Alabama was the superior team in all three phases.”
On the quarterback play:
“We put Kyle (Allen) in the fourth to try to get a spark, but our problem was getting first downs. A quarterback gets credit when we win and a lot of blame when we lose. There are 10 other guys out there on offense that make his job easier.”
#7 Kenny Hill, Quarterback
On Texas A&M’s struggles:
“I wish I could tell you. It’s something we’re trying to figure out. We have a bye week coming up; that’s good for us. We have got to regroup, and then we play a game against Louisiana-Monroe.”
On what’s changed since the South Carolina game:
“Our confidence has changed; they don’t have the same confidence anymore. That’s something we need to get back. The whole offensive unit needs confidence. We need to start rolling.”
On Sumlin’s message after the game:
“Coach Sumlin just said, ‘Nobody get down on each other. We’re going to need everybody. You can’t point a finger at one person. It’s a group effort.’ We just have to come out after this bye week and do what we’ve been doing.’”
#84 Malcome Kennedy, Wide Receiver
On Texas A&M’s confidence:
“I wouldn’t say confidence is the issue. We’re in a bad mindset right now, and that’s something we need to work on. When offense, defense and special teams are going against you, it’s hard to win a game.”
On Texas A&M’s losing streak:
“It’s the game of football, things happen. If we were meant to win every game, we wouldn’t play any one game. We’re just going through things right now, which happens. This is going to bring us closer together as a team.
Coach Sumlin handles these situations well. He says ‘stay together. It doesn’t matter what anyone says. What we do as a team matters.’”
• Senior WR Malcome Kennedy returned to the lineup after missing the past two games due to injury. He had four catches for four yards.
• Sophomore LB Shaan Washington posted a game-high 10 tackles. It was the first time he’s ever led the team in tackles in a game and it was the first double-digit tackle game of his career.
• Junior punter Drew Kaser had a career-high nine boots against the Crimson Tide (previous game high punts was eight vs. Missouri in 2013). He averaged 45.0 yards, put one punt inside the 20 and three 50-yard-plus boots.
• True freshman WR Speedy Noil surpassed the century mark in all-purpose yardage for the third straight game and for the fourth time in seven career games. Against the Crimson Tide, Noil gained 138 yards — 32 receiving and 106 on kickoff returns.
• Junior RB/KOR Trey Williams’ 75-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter was the Aggies’ long kickoff return of the season and the longest by an Aggie since Williams had a 95-yarder against Mississippi State in 2013.
FOR THE RECORD …
• Game captains were senior Malcome Kennedy and juniors Julien Obioha and Drew Kaser. The Crimson Tide won the toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff
• Junior Sam Moeller, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, was the Aggies’ 12th Man for the 21st straight game.
• With the loss, the Aggies fell to 5-3 overall and 2-3 vs. the Southeastern Conference.
• The Aggies have lost three straight games for the first time since the 2011 season.
• The 59-0 shutout marked the first time the Aggies have been shutout since 2003 (77-0 at Oklahoma).
• The 59-point margin of defeat was the most since the 77-0 game in 2003 and the second-most in school history.