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Texas A&M Football

Post-Game Review: Alabama 59, Texas A&M 0

October 18, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama scored on its first EIGHT possessions and completely shut down Texas A&M’s offense to deal the Aggies an embarrassing 59-0 Southeastern Conference football loss on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

In absorbing their third consecutive lopsided loss, the Aggies were thoroughly outclassed in their worst defeat in two-and-a-half seasons under Coach Kevin Sumlin.

A&M was outgained 602 yards to 178. The Aggies managed just 31 rushing yards.

The defensive highlight for A&M was forcing the Tide to settle for a 21-yard field goal on its first series. A&M's defense did not muster another stop until Alabama’s second unit stalled midway through the third quarter. Further, the Aggies did not cross midfield until a Brandon Williams run with 10:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Brandon Jones, TexAgs Alabama's offense moved down the field as if against air and A&M never mounted a single response in a disastrous loss. {"Module":"photo","Alignment":"left","Size":"large","Caption":"Alabama\u0027s offense moved down the field as if against air and A\u0026M never mounted a single response in a disastrous loss.","MediaItemID":47634}
The Aggies (5-3, 2-3 in the SEC) have a much-needed open date next week and then will face Louisiana Monroe on Nov. 1 with the chance to end the skid and get the sixth victory required for bowl eligibility.

Rising: No doubt, frustration is at an all-time high in the Kevin Sumlin era. Losing at Alabama is no disgrace, but by early in the second quarter the game was invoking thoughts of Texas A&M’s 77-0 loss to Oklahoma in 2003. Sumlin was on the other sideline in that game. Three consecutive blowout losses will also lead to …

Falling: The Aggies have been in a free fall since moving up to No. 6 in the national polls. After the loss to Mississippi State they fell to No. 14.

They fell to No. 21 after the loss to Ole Miss.

They will fall out of the Top 25 after losing to Alabama and will have little chance of climbing back in because of the lopsided nature of those defeats.

Best hands: Daeshon Hall looped around a block and got his hands on Alabama backup quarterback Jake Coker early in the fourth quarter. Unlike many instances throughout the game, this time an Alabama player did not escape the grasp. Hall lifted Coker and slammed him to the turf for the sack and one of the few plays made by the Aggies defense.

Best hit: Howard Matthews zoomed in from left side to knock the ball loose from Alabama tight end Brian Vogler in the back of the end zone. The play was originally signaled a touchdown by an official, but that call was quickly overruled. It didn’t really matter, though. Two plays later Derrick Henry ran eight yards for a touchdown to give Alabama 31-0 lead in the second quarter.

Turning point: Deshazor Everett stepped in front of a Blake Sims pass for Amari Cooper, but couldn’t hang on to an interception that most likely would have resulted in a 98-yard touchdown. It was the Aggies’ best opportunity to score until a long Trey Williams kickoff return late in the game. Adam Griffith kicked a 21-yard field goal on the next play to begin Alabama’s scoring landslide.

Brandon Jones, TexAgs Even the Tide's backups put serious yardage up against A&M's first-string defense, which remained in throughout. {"Module":"photo","Alignment":"right","Size":"large","Caption":"Even the Tide\u0027s backups put serious yardage up against A\u0026M\u0027s first-string defense, which remained in throughout.","MediaItemID":47646}
Standing ‘O’: Next week is an open date.

Scoring summary

First quarter
ALA: Adam Griffith 21-yard FG. Key play: Deshazor Everett breaks up pass to Amari Cooper on third-and-goal. ALA 3, A&M 0

ALA: T.J. Yeldon 9 run (Griffith kick). Key play: Yeldon 17 pass from Blake Sims. ALA 10, A&M 0

Second quarter
ALA: Yeldon 1-yard run (Griffith kick). Key play: Yeldon 31-yard run to 4-yard line. ALA 17, A&M 0

ALA: Sims 43-yard run (Griffith kick). Key play: Sims 21-yard pass to Cooper on third-and-10. ALA 24, A&M 0

ALA: Derrick Henry 8-yard run (Griffith kick). Key play: Yeldon 25-yard run. ALA 31, A&M 0

ALA: Cooper 24-yard pass from Sims (Griffith kick). Key play: Christion Jones 39-yard punt return to A&M 24. ALA 38, A&M 0

ALA: Henry 41 pass from Sims (Griffith kick). ALA 45, A&M 0

Third quarter
ALA: Amari Cooper 45-yard pass from Sims (Griffith kick). ALA 52, A&M 0

Fourth quarter
ALA: Flournoy-Smith 14-yard pass from Jake Coker (JK Scott kick). ALA 59, A&M 0
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