COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M Aggies marched 75 yards on 15 plays on the first possession and punctuated it with a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead on No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
Nothing came easy after that for the Aggies in the Crimson Tide’s 47-28 victory.
Alabama made the adjustments necessary to keep quarterback Kellen Mond and the Aggies at bay, long enough for Alabama’s offense to take command, get the lead and extend it. The Aggies still got some points, but they had to fight for every one of them.
“We wanted to come out there with the intensity like, ‘Man, we’ve got to make people earn it,'” Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis said. “That’s the Bama way of doing things. We were inconsistent at times, but we stepped up as a defense, responsibility-wise.”
The defense stepped up the pressure as well. Coming into Saturday’s game, Alabama had 10 total sacks. The Crimson Tide sacked Mond five times for minus 16 yards.
“Me and Kellen Mond had a couple of conversations,” Lewis said. “He felt our presence. I know we were getting after him and he knew it, too. We tried to be consistent as far as caging him in the pocket and not letting him escape.”
After that 75-yard opening drive Texas A&M had drives of -6, 61, -11, 1 and 69 yards for 134 in the first half and trailed 24-13 at halftime.
“They went down and scored on the first drive of the game and the players didn’t reel and didn’t get frustrated, they made the adjustments and played better the rest of the half,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
Saban said the Aggies ran the ball out of some formations where Alabama thought they would pass and hit on. Also there were some mental errors in the secondary that left receivers open.
“Once our guys made the adjustments to understand what they were doing we at least took those things away,” Saban said.
The Aggies finished with 389 total yards on 70 total plays.
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