No. 2 Alabama beat No. 13 Texas A&M 52-24 on Saturday afternoon with an impressive performance from nearly everybody on its offense. The Alabama offense finished with 544 yards, averaging a remarkable 9.9 yards per play. Quarterback Mac Jones set new career highs with 435 yards passing and four touchdown passes. And his wide receivers made one play after another to break open the game.
Things started well for the Aggies on their opening drive as they moved down the field into the Crimson Tide’s red zone before stalling out and settling for a field goal attempt. The attempt missed, and three plays later, Jones was hitting John Metchie III for a 78-yard touchdown to put the Tide up 7-0.
Texas A&M battled back, coming from 14-0 to tie the game 14-14 early in the second quarter, but the Aggies shot themselves in the foot from then onward. After Alabama took the lead back, Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond threw a pick six on a third-and-long as Daniel Wright undercut a route and took it 47 yards the other way. Then on Texas A&M’s next drive, Mond hit Ainias Smith on a third down for what should have been an easy first down. Instead Smith, who scored a spectacular 47-yard touchdown earlier in the half, dropped the ball.
Alabama then marched 64 yards in eight plays before Jones found Devonta Smith in the back of the end zone to go up 35-14 with 22 seconds left in the half. In the third quarter, the Aggies threatened to make a game of it, but after forcing an Alabama three-and-out, their impressive drive once again stalled, and they had to settle for a field goal. Then in a case of deja vu, Jones hit Jaylen Waddle for a 78-yard touchdown a few plays later to make it 42-17.
After that, the only question was how large the final deficit would be. The answer was 28 points by the time the buzzer sounded. Here’s my four biggest takeaways from yet another Alabama blowout victory.