Texas A&M vs. Alabama

Alabama’s DeVonta Smith (6) jumps as Najee Harris (22) is tackled by Texas A&M’s Buddy Johnson (1) in the fourth quarter Saturday at Kyle Field.

OFFENSE: C

What went right: Quarterback Kellen Mond had a turnover-free game and rushed for 90 yards despite five sacks. Wide receiver Quartney Davis had his second straight seven-catch game and freshman tight end Jalen Wydermyer had three catches for 49 yards, including a nifty 25-yard touchdown.

What went wrong: Texas A&M’s running game basically disappeared after 10 carries for 42 yards on the first drive.

Bottom line: A&M punted on three of its first four possessions in the second half, having a seven-play, 82-yard touchdown drive but managing only 12 yards on the other 10 plays.

DEFENSE: C-

What went right: Freshman Demani Richardson came up with an interception in the end zone to prevent Alabama from building on a 24-10 lead. He became the first player this season to intercept Tua Tagovailoa.

What went wrong: Alabama scored touchdowns on third-and-10 and third-and-7 twice.

Bottom line: Alabama’s receivers were too good after catches, eluding too many would-be tacklers as the Crimson Tide converted eight of 13 third downs.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F

What went right: Jayden Peevy blocked an extra point.

What went wrong: The blocked punt for a touchdown put a bow on the victory.

Bottom line: Every time an Alabama returner touched the ball, something good happened for the Crimson Tide.

COACHING: C

What went right: A&M opened the game with positive yards on 15 straight plays.

What went wrong: After Alabama answered A&M’s opening touchdown drive the Aggies had their first three-and-out. Mond threw a pass into the ground, lost 4 yards on a draw play and was sacked. Alabama then scored a touchdown in less than a minute and never trailed.

Bottom line: A&M continues to hurt  itself with self-inflicted mistakes. A&M had a chance to make it a one-possession game after forcing Alabama’s first punt, but receiver Kendrick Rogers was called for a personal foul following a first down, killing that drive. Alabama scored a touchdown and then blocked the punt for another score.  

OVERALL: C

What went right: You couldn’t have had a better start than a 15-play, 75-yard drive to open the game that took 8 minutes, 3 seconds.

What went wrong: A&M’s average starting field position was its own 23. Alabama was A&M’s 48.

Bottom line: A&M is 1-7 against SEC teams coming off a bye.  

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