Alabama pulls away to thump Texas A&M

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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 on 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.

Alabama racked up five sacks of Trevor Knight, the quar­ter­back who engi­neered Ok­la­homa’s Su­gar Bowl upset over 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. 4-yard run gave the Wolver­ines a 28-0 lead af­ter their first four pos­ses­sions.

Corey Cle­ment ran for 134 yards and a touch­down and Wis­con­sin snapped a twogame skid.

Malvern Prep grad Alex Horni­brook passes for 197 yards to help the Bad­gers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) win for the fourth straight time in Iowa City.

Backup Bart Hous­ton threw a touch­down pass, and Cle­ment’s 1-yard run put the Bad­gers ahead 14-6 mid­way through the third quar­ter.

The Bad­gers al­lowed just 236 yards on 60 plays and held the Hawkeyes (5-3, 3-2) with­out a touch­down for the first time all sea­son.

C.J. Beathard had 153 yards pass­ing for Iowa. The Hawkeyes have lost three straight at home. yards of to­tal of­fense.

Car­ring­ton Thomp­son had eight catches for 177 yards and two touch­downs, and Jarvion Franklin ran for 114 yards and a touch­down for the Bron­cos (80, 4-0 Mid-Amer­i­can). The game was the first at home as a na­tion­ally ranked team in school his­tory.

Bro­gan Roback threw for 334 yards and a touch­down and ran for a score for East­ern Michi­gan (5-3, 2-2).

BRYNN AN­DER­SON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Alabama quar­ter­back Jalen Hurts scores in the sec­ond half against Texas A&M on Satur­day.

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