Alabama got back to its dominant ways in a huge shutout victory of SEC West rival Texas A&M by a score of 59-0. It was a performance that showed their dominance on both sides of the ball with the offense scoring at will, especially in the first half, and the defense not giving up a single point to a team that at one point in the season looked to have one of the best offense in the nation.
Both these teams came into this game not living up to their high expectations. Texas A&M started the season looking like one of the best teams in the country getting off to a 5-0 start and a number 6 ranking with an impressive early dismantling of South Carolina. After the hot start they had two bad losses to Mississippi State and Ole Miss in consecutive weeks looking overpowered in both losses. Alabama also fell to Ole Miss after their 4-0 start in a very memorable upset. They were able to recover with a narrow win over Arkansas, but fans were still upset that they were only able to beat them by one point.
This was a much-needed chance to rebound for both teams but only one team showed up ready to play in the first half. Alabama got off to a decent start with a nice drive that Texas A&M was able to stall on the goal line and hold the Tide to a field goal to open the scoring 3-0. The Aggies offense that looked so potent in their first five games got off to a horrid start in Tuscaloosa being forced to punt in every drive in the first half. They could simply not get anything going in the run or the pass with Alabama reminding the nation that they are still an elite defense.
Texas A&M’s awful start on offense was only half of their problem as they could also not do anything on defense to stop the Crimson Tide’s offense. After their initial field goal Alabama scored a touchdown on every drive from there on in the first half. Everything was working for the Tide offense as they totaled 449 yards in just the first half and went into the half with a 45-0 lead. Not only were the amount of total yards impressive but also the effort was completely balanced with 223 yards passing and 226 yards rushing. Quarterback Blake Sims could seemingly find his favorite target Amari Cooper at will through the air and even added a 43-yard touchdown on the ground.
Since the game was effectively over in the first half Alabama had the luxury of letting a lot of young guys who do not get a ton of playing time get game experience in SEC play. Even with the second and third teams in the Aggies failed to score in the second half. The score ended at 59-0 and if Alabama had needed to score in the second half that score line could have been much worse with how easy the Tide were moving the ball.
Coach Kevin Sumlin will have to really reevaluate his approach on the offensive end after three straight weeks of sub par performances. The Texas A&M defense has been equally as poor during their three consecutive losses to ranked opponents. On the other hand Alabama will be happy they got both their offense and defense back on track after two straight lackluster performances.
Alabama added to Texas A&M’s recent woes by absolutely crushing them 59-0 in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide needed a decisive win and they got exactly that, next up they will travel to Tennessee as they try to get back in the SEC West title mix. Lucky for the Aggies they get to face Louisiana Monroe next, which will give them a much-needed rest from the daunting SEC schedule and give them time to prepare for big upcoming games against Auburn and LSU.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius