Rapid Reaction: Alabama makes easy work of Texas A&M
The Texas A&M defense is going to have nightmares about Mac Jones touchdown passes.
The Alabama quarterback torched the Aggies’ secondary on Saturday, leading his team to an easy 52-24 victory.
Jones finished with 435 yards passing and career-high 4 touchdowns. He was a big-play threat all day against the Aggie defense, with 6 throws for 20 or more yards. His first touchdown of the day was a beautifully thrown 78-yard touchdown pass that hit John Metchie III in stride. He made a similar 87-yard touchdown toss to Jaylen Waddle for the first score of the second half. He capped the day with his second touchdown throw to Metchie III, this one a 63-yard bomb.
It stayed close for about a quarter, but after that it was all ‘Bama.
An interception from Texas A&M’s DeMarvin Leal set up a Kellen Mond touchdown to Ryan Renick to tie the game at 14 early in the second quarter. It was the last touchdown the Aggies would score until the 7:25 mark in the 4th quarter.
The Crimson Tide scored 21 unanswered to end the first half, taking a commanding 35-21 lead into halftime. It was the same theme of domination in the second half for the No. 2 Crimson Tide.
After the Aggies tied the game, Jones paced the Crimson Tide on their next scoring drive. He had 3 passes of 15-plus yards during that drive, including a 16-yard connection with running back Najee Harris that set up a 2-yard touchdown run for Harris on the next play.
The Alabama defense also looked dominant for stretches.
When A&M took over trying to tie the score again, Daniel Wright delivered perhaps the play of the game, swinging the momentum entirely in Alabama’s direction. Wright stepped in to make an interception, running it back 47 yards for a touchdown.
The Aggies responded by getting into Alabama territory and threatening to score, only to turn it over on downs. Alabama capitalized with yet another touchdown with seconds to spare before halftime.