Top-ranked Alabama gets past Texas A&M

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By John Zenor AP Sports Writer

Jonathan Allen re­turned a fum­ble 29 yards for a touch­down late in the third quar­ter to help No. 1 Alabama beat sixth-ranked Texas A&M, 3314. Alabama moved on as the league’s last un­beaten team.

Jonathan Allen re­turned a fum­ble 29 yards for a touch­down late in the third quar­ter to help No. 1 Alabama beat sixth-ranked Texas A&M, 33-14, Satur­day.

The Crim­son Tide (80, 5-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) moved on as the pow­er­house league’s last un­beaten team, get­ting yet another in a long string of de­fen­sive scores. Allen, a line­man, scooped up the ball af­ter Ryan An­der­son knocked it loose from Keith Ford to fi­nally build a cush­ion over the Ag­gies (6-1, 4-1), who led 14-13 well into the third.

It was 20-14 when Allen ex­tended Alabama’s streak to 10 games with a score on de­fense or spe­cial teams, half the du­ra­tion of a win­ning streak now at 20 go­ing into an open date.

Alabama’s fresh­man quar­ter­back Jalen Hurts then gal­loped 37 yards for another score, step­ping out of a de­fender’s grasp and mak­ing a nifty move to get past another. The Tide was rolling again, a pow­er­ful en­core to easy wins over ranked Ten­nessee and Arkansas teams.

The Ag­gies seemed likely to put up the big­gest fight, with a de­fense that kept the pres­sure on Hurts and a hand­ful of big runs by quar­ter­back Trevor Knight. Then Allen and An­der­son changed that in an in­stant.

The Tide de­fense sus­tained a big loss when safety Ed­die Jack­son was in­jured on a late punt re­turn. Coach Nick Sa­ban said Jack­son, a se­nior, is out for the sea­son with a bro­ken leg.

Alabama racked up five sacks of Knight, who had engi­neered Ok­la­homa’s Su­gar Bowl upset of Alabama as a red­shirt fresh­man with a 348-yard, four­touch­down per­for­mance. He passed for 164 and ran for 24 in the semi-re­match.

Hurts passed for 166 yards and rushed for 93 more, throw­ing for a pair of touch­downs while get­ting in­ter­cepted twice. Damien Har­ris rushed 17 times for 126 yards.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Texas A&M: The Ag­gies led deeper into the game than any other ‘Bama op­po­nent, the 6:33 mark of the third quar­ter. Knight made some plays with his run­ning but was also given lit­tle time to hit re­ceivers down­field by Allen & Co. Knight threw a pick on the first play af­ter the de­fense in­ter­cepted Hurts in Alabama ter­ri­tory. The SEC’s top run­ning team was held to 114 yards.

Alabama: Dom­i­nated the stat sheet (303 yards to 150) in the first half but set­tled for two short field goals and Adam Grif­fith missed a third. It was enough to keep it in doubt. The de­fense gave up back-to-back long TD drives late in the sec­ond quar­ter and to open the third, but de­liv­ered big plays when it had to.

BRYNN AN­DER­SON — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, left, scores a touch­down against Texas A&M de­fen­sive back Dono­van Wil­son, front, and Texas A&M line­backer Otaro Alaka dur­ing the first half of Satur­day’s game at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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