No. 1 Alabama continued rolling through the SEC by pulling away in the second half for a 33-14 victory over No. 6 Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa.
It felt like the Tide were dominating throughout the game, but red zone issues in the first half (Alabama was just 1 for 4) allowed the Aggies to hang around. Texas A&M took a brief lead after scoring a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to go up 14-13, but the home team answered immediately to go back ahead for good.
Alabama's offense moved the ball well all game but left points on the board early on with three drives stalling out inside the 10. In the second half, the Tide punched the ball into the end zone twice on offense and for the 10th straight game got a non-offensive touchdown courtesy of star defensive lineman Jonathan Allen -- his second touchdown of the season.
The Tide's defense was as dominant as ever. Texas A&M had one drive that went into the red zone all game and only managed 278 total yards. The Aggies averaged 3 yards per carry and only 4 yards per play as Alabama's defensive front pressured Trevor Knight all afternoon and finished the game with five sacks.
As the game wore on, Alabama's rushing attack wore down the Aggies. The Tide picked up 287 yards on the ground, led by 125 from Damien Harris. Quarterback Jalen Hurts wasn't as sharp as he was against Tennessee, but he still rushed for 93 yards and threw for 164 yards with three total touchdowns and two interceptions.
The win gives Alabama 20 consecutive wins dating back to last season. The Tide continue to look like the favorite to win a second straight national title having dispatched a very good Texas A&M team without much stress.
It's going to be interesting to see how the Aggies respond to their first loss. They hung around for the better part of three quarters, but it was clear that they didn't have the horses to go blow-for-blow with Alabama on the road. With games against Ole Miss and LSU remaining, Texas A&M can still finish the season strong and make a push for an at-large bid to a New Year's Six bowl game.
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