For the 2017 University of Alabama football season, TideSports intern Terrin Waack will provide select stellar stats, obscure facts and notable quotes from the most recent game to show how the Crimson Tide uses “The Process” against its opponents.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — No. 1 Alabama defeated Texas A&M, 27-19, at Kyle Field on Saturday in front of 101,058 people.
- If Alabama trails, it doesn’t do so for long. With 9:59 left in the first quarter, Texas A&M put the first points up on the board with a field goal. It only took the Crimson Tide 13 seconds to come back, thanks to running back Damien Harris’ career-long 75-yard touchdown run. The last time Alabama trailed was during the season opener against Florida State by four points. That time it took 2:13 to take the lead back.
- The Crimson Tide has made at least one interception in every game this season. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick grabbed his first after having six last year.
- Alabama has posted points in all 24 quarters so far this season. This weekend, UA tallied seven points in the first and third, 10 in the second and three in the fourth.
- This isn’t a statistic, but it is stellar. Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings was in attendance, just a week after suffering a heart attack. He was with his 1967 Texas A&M team, which won the Southwest Conference Championship under his direction and was honored at the game.
- Texas A&M became the first SEC team this season to score a touchdown against Alabama. The third-quarter score also marked the first time UA has allowed any opponent into the end zone since Colorado State on Sept. 16.
- The Crimson Tide committed its first turnover of the season also in the third quarter. Its turnover-free streak lasted 37 quarters before wide receiver Robert Foster ruined it with a fumble.
- Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley has caught a pass in the last 36 appearances, every game of his career. The streak ranks No. 3 among active FBS players. That number should look familiar. Look at his jersey.
- At every seat in the press box, there was a sheet with a warning: “For our first-time visitors, please do not be alarmed as the press box will move during the Aggie Way Hymn.” Oh, it moved all right.
- Unranked Iowa State upset No. 3 Oklahoma, 38-31, in Sooner territory.
- Is the U back? No. 13 Miami threw a last-minute touchdown on the road to top in-state rival Florida State, 24-20.
Quoting Nick Saban
Question was about offense going three-and-out on first drive, but …
“I’m trying to get my players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys. All of that stuff you write about how good we are and all of that stuff they hear on ESPN, it’s like poison. It’s like taking poisons, like rat poison.”
Quoting the Crimson Tide
Running back Damien Harris as he left the interview room and passed quarterback Jalen Hurts …
“Jalen for president.”
Quoting the opponent
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on how his team closed has the gap some …
“There’s no moral victory in this league. You go in that locker room – when you play that hard and you play that long – nobody is happy.”
Name of the game
TAMU: Keeath Magee II
The redshirt freshman is a linebacker for the Aggies.
Top 3 rushers
- UA: Damien Harris, 14 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown
- UA: Jalen Hurts, 14 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown
- UA: Bo Scarbrough, 15 carries for 55 yards
Top 3 receivers
- UA: Calvin Ridley, five receptions for 68 yards
- TAMU: Trayveon Williams, four receptions for 60 yards
- TAMU: Christian Kirk, four receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown
Top 3 passers
- TAMU: Kellen Mond, 19-29-1 for 237 yards and a touchdown (sacked four times)
- UA: Jalen Hurts, 13-22-0 for 123 yards and a touchdown (sacked three times)
Top 3 defenders
- TAMU: Tyrel Dodson, 16 total tackles (two quarterback hurries and a sack)
- UA: Isaiah Buggs, 10 total tackles
- UA: Ronnie Harrison, eight total tackles (a pass breakup)
Alabama (6-0) hosts Arkansas (2-3) for homecoming next Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will kick off at 6:15 p.m. and air on ESPN.