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Harris helps No. 1 Alabama outlast Texas A&M 27-19

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Nick Saban thinks his players have gotten too wrapped up in the constant talk in the media about how good they are.

And he shared just what he thinks about that after the top-ranked Crimson Tide struggled to put Texas A&M away in a 27-19 win on Saturday night.

''I'm trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys,'' he said referring to reporters. ''All that stuff that you write about how good we are and all that stuff they get on ESPN is like poison. It's like taking poison. Like rat poison. I'm asking them: `Are you going to listen to me or are you going to listen to these guys about how good you are?'''

Damien Harris ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Hurts had a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Alabama remain undefeated .

The Aggies (4-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game as 26 1/2 point underdogs, made the game interesting, but in the end freshman quarterback Kellen Mond was simply too inexperienced to help them topple a team as talented as Alabama.

Alabama (6-0, 3-0) had rolled past Vanderbilt and Mississippi by a combined score of 125-3 over the last two weeks, but got much more of a test from the young Aggies.

''We definitely needed a reality check,'' senior linebacker Rashaan Evans said.

Mond was 19 of 29 for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a touchdown and lost a fumble.

''There's no moral victory in this deal,'' Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. ''When you play that hard and you play that long nobody's happy.''

Hurts threw for 123 yards and ran for 56.

''Are we happy? Are we pleased? No,'' he said. ''But we are happy that we can walk out of here with a win.''

Mond connected with Damion Ratley on a 32-yard pass on fourth-and-9 to get the Aggies to the 3 late in the third quarter. They were facing another fourth down later in the possession when Mond evaded one sack and got the ball off just as he was hit, finding Christian Kirk for a 2-yard touchdown pass to get the Aggies to 24-10. Kirk grabbed the ball just before his knee hit the ground.

The Aggies were driving again early in the fourth quarter when Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted Mond near the goal line for his first pick this season.

But Alabama couldn't move the ball and had to punt out of the end zone. Cullen Gillaspia, who wears Texas A&M's beloved 12th man jersey, blocked JK Scott's punt in the end zone for a safety to make it 24-12.

''I think we proved something to ourselves,'' Gillaspia said. ''We can play with anyone in the country.''

Texas A&M couldn't do anything on its next drive, with Mond getting sacked twice and losing two yards on a run to force the Aggies to punt.

Alabama added a field goal with about two minutes left to make it 27-12.

Mond cut the lead to 8 with a 1-yard run with 17 seconds left, but the Aggies ran out of time to do anything else.

''He hasn't always done everything right but he has given us a chance in all of these games to be successful,'' Sumlin said.

Alabama took its opening drive of the second half 75 yards, capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Hurts to Henry Ruggs to extend the lead to 24-3 early in the third quarter.

''My biggest disappointment is we're ahead 24-3 in the game and we didn't finish the game,'' Saban said.

Later in the third quarter Robert Foster simply dropped what should have been an easy catch before fumbling after a catch on the same drive. It was Alabama's first turnover since Nov. 24, 2016 - a span of 638 plays - and earned Foster a talking to from Saban as soon as he reached the sideline.

The Aggies led 3-0 early after Daniel LaCamera made the longest field goal of his career and the first over 50 yards with a 52-yard field goal.

The lead didn't last long as Damien Harris ran 75 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the next series.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Crimson Tide got an unexpected test in this one which will certainly give Saban plenty of things to work on with his team. The win wasn't as pretty as most of their victories have been this season, but a closer game like this could be good experience for Alabama as the season continues.

Texas A&M: Mond and the Aggies have come a long way since squandering a 34-point third quarter lead in the 45-44 loss to UCLA in their opener. If he keeps making the kind of plays he did on Saturday and can limit his mistakes Texas A&M should be in good shape as SEC play continues.

STALLINGS SALUTED

Texas A&M honored Gene Stallings on the field in the second quarter on Saturday as the Aggies celebrated the 50th anniversary of his 1967 team which won the Southwest Conference. The 82-year-old Stallings, who coached Alabama to a national championship in 1992, was able to attend the game despite suffering a heart attack last weekend.

The end zones were painted in the font used during Stallings' time at A&M and ''1967'' was painted in each end zone.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Crimson Tide should maintain the No. 1 spot in the poll despite Saturday night's struggles with the Aggies.

UP NEXT

Alabama: The Crimson Tide plays the first of three straight home games with a visit by Arkansas next Saturday.

Texas A&M: The Aggies visit Florida next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:17
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
19
Touchdown 0:17
11-K.Mond runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
64
yds
01:46
pos
27
18
Field Goal 2:14
12-A.Pappanastos 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
67
yds
04:35
pos
27
12
Safety 10:20
10-J.Scott punts 0 yards from BAMA 3 blocked by 12-C.Gillaspia. out of bounds at the BAMA End Zone. to BAMA End Zone for no gain safety.
plays
yds
pos
24
12
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:39
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
10
Touchdown 1:39
11-K.Mond complete to 3-C.Kirk. 3-C.Kirk runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
40
yds
05:11
pos
24
9
Point After TD 11:01
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
3
Touchdown 11:01
2-J.Hurts complete to 11-H.Ruggs. 11-H.Ruggs runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
60
yds
03:59
pos
23
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:16
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
3
Touchdown 3:16
2-J.Hurts runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
43
yds
01:49
pos
16
3
Field Goal 5:46
12-A.Pappanastos 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
75
yds
04:28
pos
10
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:46
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 9:46
34-D.Harris runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:13
pos
6
3
Field Goal 10:04
36-D.LaCamera 52 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
36
yds
01:32
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 16 16
Rushing 8 4
Passing 6 9
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 4-14 3-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 2-4
Total Net Yards 338 281
Total Plays 66 69
Avg Gain 5.1 4.1
Net Yards Rushing 232 71
Rush Attempts 44 40
Avg Rush Yards 5.3 1.8
Net Yards Passing 106 210
Comp. - Att. 13-22 19-29
Yards Per Pass 4.8 7.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-17 4-27
Penalties - Yards 6-50 6-45
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 3-2
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-36.5 5-47.6
Return Yards 49 55
Punts - Returns 3-10 1-3
Kickoffs - Returns 1-39 4-52
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 3/3
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 2/3 1/1
Safeties 0 1
1234T
1 Alabama 6-0 7107327
Texas A&M 4-2 307919
106 PASS YDS 210
232 RUSH YDS 71
338 TOTAL YDS 281
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 123 1 0 121.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.1% 870 7 0 149.7
J. Hurts 13/22 123 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Harris 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 124 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 500 7
D. Harris 14 124 1 75
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 56 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 517 5
J. Hurts 14 56 1 38
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 294 4
B. Scarbrough 15 55 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Ridley 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 390 2
C. Ridley 5 68 0 30
J. Jeudy 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 131 1
J. Jeudy 2 24 0 17
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 78 0
B. Scarbrough 3 21 0 11
H. Ruggs 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 32 3
H. Ruggs 1 8 1 8
R. Foster 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 96 1
R. Foster 1 1 0 1
I. Smith Jr. 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 26 0
I. Smith Jr. 1 1 0 1
C. Sims 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 106 0
C. Sims 0 0 0 0
D. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 51 1
D. Smith 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
I. Buggs 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.5
I. Buggs 9-1 0.0 0
A. Jennings 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
A. Jennings 7-0 0.0 0
R. Harrison 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 2 0.0
R. Harrison 5-3 0.0 0
L. Wallace 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 3 0.0
L. Wallace 4-1 0.0 0
D. Payne 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.5
D. Payne 4-2 0.0 0
R. Davis 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 2.0
R. Davis 4-3 1.0 0
H. Jones 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
H. Jones 4-1 0.0 0
S. Hamilton 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
S. Hamilton 4-1 0.0 0
M. Fitzpatrick 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 1 1.0
M. Fitzpatrick 3-0 0.0 1
K. Holcombe 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
K. Holcombe 2-1 1.0 0
R. Evans 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
R. Evans 2-3 0.0 0
L. Ray 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
L. Ray 2-0 1.0 0
J. Frazier 69 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Frazier 1-0 0.0 0
A. Averett 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
A. Averett 1-1 0.0 0
Q. Williams 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
Q. Williams 1-0 1.0 0
H. Hentges 84 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Hentges 1-0 0.0 0
T. Brown 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
M. Wilson 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
M. Wilson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Pappanastos 12 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
10/13 31/31
A. Pappanastos 2/2 44 3/3 9
J. Scott 10 P
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/3 0/0
J. Scott 0/1 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 36.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 38.5 1
J. Scott 4 36.5 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Fitzpatrick 29 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 39.0 39 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 39.0 39 0
M. Fitzpatrick 1 39.0 39 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
H. Ruggs 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 3.3 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 7.8 12 0
H. Ruggs 3 3.3 12 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 237 1 1 138.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.8% 1045 7 3 124.4
K. Mond 19/29 237 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
81 422 5
T. Williams 15 38 0 10
K. Ford 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 321 7
K. Ford 11 19 0 5
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 14 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 266 2
K. Mond 14 14 1 20
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 60 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 94 0
T. Williams 4 60 0 31
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 52 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 316 5
C. Kirk 4 52 1 25
C. Buckley 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 62 1
C. Buckley 1 39 0 39
D. Ratley 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 228 0
D. Ratley 1 32 0 32
J. Ausbon 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 222 1
J. Ausbon 3 23 0 12
K. Ford 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 55 0
K. Ford 4 17 0 7
R. Paul 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 48 0
R. Paul 2 14 0 9
C. Chriss 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 52 0
C. Chriss 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Dodson 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 2 1.0
T. Dodson 13-3 1.0 0
D. Tucker 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Tucker 4-0 0.0 0
L. Durham 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 4.0
L. Durham 4-1 0.0 0
K. Keke 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
K. Keke 3-0 0.0 0
Z. Henderson 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 2.5
Z. Henderson 3-1 0.5 0
O. Alaka 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 4.0
O. Alaka 3-2 1.0 0
D. Mack 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Mack 1-0 0.0 0
B. Johnson 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
D. Ratley 4 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Ratley 1-0 0.0 0
D. Renfro 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Renfro 1-1 0.0 0
A. Hines III 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Hines III 1-2 0.0 0
J. Madubuike 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Madubuike 1-0 0.0 0
T. Johnson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Oliver 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Oliver 1-0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 2.5
J. Johnson 1-2 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Tripucka 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
33 45.6 1
S. Tripucka 5 47.6 1 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.5 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 26.9 20 1
C. Kirk 2 10.5 20 0
C. Chriss 16 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 28.3 19 0
C. Chriss 2 15.5 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:12 BAMA 25 1:28 3 8 Punt
9:59 BAMA 25 0:13 1 75 TD
7:37 TXAM 50 1:28 3 4 Punt
3:31 TXAM 50 1:26 4 16 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:08 BAMA 37 0:00 7 31 FG Miss
10:14 BAMA 9 4:28 11 75 FG
5:05 TXAM 43 1:49 4 43 TD
0:25 BAMA 38 0:17 4 14 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BAMA 25 3:59 10 75 TD
7:51 BAMA 37 0:55 4 3 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:39 BAMA 25 1:16 5 10 Punt
11:45 BAMA 1 1:25 3 2 Safety
6:49 BAMA 22 4:35 10 52 FG
0:08 TXAM 12 0:00 1 -3 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TXAM 25 1:37 4 2 Punt
11:36 TXAM 30 1:32 4 36 FG
9:37 TXAM 1 1:49 3 5 Punt
6:01 TXAM 20 2:17 7 13 Fumble
1:58 TXAM 16 1:44 3 -2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:39 TXAM 32 2:17 6 26 Punt
5:41 TXAM 25 0:27 2 18 Fumble
3:16 TXAM 25 2:45 8 37 Downs
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:54 TXAM 19 2:58 8 44 Downs
6:50 BAMA 36 5:11 9 36 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:45 TXAM 46 2:54 7 44 INT
10:10 TXAM 29 3:10 7 -5 Punt
2:03 TXAM 36 1:46 7 64 TD