Alabama beats Texas A&M 33-14

Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) sacks Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, front left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) sacks Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, front left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Jonathan Allen returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to help No. 1 Alabama beat sixth-ranked Texas A&M 33-14 Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) moved on as the powerhouse league’s last unbeaten team, getting yet another in a long string of defensive scores. Allen, a lineman, scooped up the ball after Ryan Anderson knocked it loose from Keith Ford to finally build a cushion over the Aggies (6-1, 4-1), who led 14-13 well into the third.

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Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, left, scores a touchdown against Texas A&M defensive back Donovan Wilson, front, and Texas A&M linebacker Otaro Alaka during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, left, scores a touchdown against Texas A&M defensive back Donovan Wilson, front, and Texas A&M linebacker Otaro Alaka during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

It was 20-14 when Allen extended Alabama’s streak to 10 games with a score on defense or special teams, half the duration of a winning streak now at 20 going into an open date.

Alabama’s freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts then galloped 37 yards for another score, stepping out of a defender’s grasp and making a nifty move to get past another. The Tide was rolling again, a powerful encore to easy wins over ranked Tennessee and Arkansas teams.

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The Aggies seemed likely to put up the biggest fight, with a defense that kept the pressure on Hurts and a handful of big runs by quarterback Trevor Knight. Then Allen and Anderson changed that in an instant.

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Alabama racked up five sacks of Knight, who had engineered Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama as a redshirt freshman with a 348-yard, four-touchdown performance. He passed for 164 and ran for 24 in the semi-rematch.

Hurts passed for 166 yards and rushed for 93 more, throwing for a pair of touchdowns while getting intercepted twice. Damien Harris rushed 17 times for 126 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: The Aggies led deeper into the game than any other ‘Bama opponent, the 6:33 mark of the third quarter. Knight made some plays with his running but was also given little time to hit receivers downfield by Allen & Co. Knight threw a pick on the first play after the defense intercepted Hurts in Alabama territory. The SEC’s top running team was held to 114 yards.

Alabama: Dominated the stat sheet (303 yards to 150) in the first half but settled for two short field goals and Adam Griffith missed a third. It was enough to keep it in doubt. The defense gave up back-to-back long TD drives late in the second quarter and to open the third, but delivered big plays when it had to.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Alabama was already a near-unanimous No. 1 , but this could cause the lone holdout voter to reconsider. Texas A&M shouldn’t veer too far out of the Top 10 despite the lopsided final score.

UP NEXT

Alabama: has an open date before visiting No. 25 LSU

Texas A&M: gets a break from SEC games against New Mexico State.

Related: Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin post game press conference after Alabama loss

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A running game log of the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game on October 22nd, 2016.

Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Game Time: 2:30 pm
Where to Watch: CBS42 – Can’t watch it on air? Here is how to watch it online.

Twitter: Alabama Crimson Tide | Texas A&M Aggies | WIAT CBS42


1st Quarter

Crimson Tide wins coin toss – elect to accept the football

11:57 – Adam Griffith hits 32 yd FG – Bama leads 3-0
4:43 – Adam Griffith hits 20 yd FGBama leads 6-0

End of the 1st: Alabama leads 6-0

2nd Quarter

12:59 – O.J. Howard TD pass from Jalen Hurts – Bama leads 13-0
:38 – Trevor Knight TD pass to Josh Reynolds – Bama leads 13-7

End of the 2nd: Alabama leads 13-7

3rd Quarter

12:54 – Trevor Knight TD pass to C. Kirk – TAMU leads 14-13
6:33 – Calvin Ridley TD pass from Jalen Hurts – Bama leads 20-14
:21 – Jonathan Allen picks up fumble, runs in for TD. 2 pt. conversion fails – Bama leads 26-14

End of the 3rd: Bama leads 26-14

4th Quarter

12:27 – 37 yd TD run for Jalen Hurts – Bama leads 33-14

End of the 4th: Alabama beats TAMU 33-14

Related – Nick Saban Press Conference: Texas A&M Week

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