Instead, the Aggies shocked the Crimson Tide by punching back. It had laid waste to its last two opponents by a combined score of 125-3.
"It is real disappointing. They're the number one team in the country and we just went toe-to-toe with them until the final seconds of the game". Following the interception, Alabama struggled to get out of the shadow of their own endzone, forcing a punt from the back of their own endzone, which was blocked by Cullen Gillaspina, who dons the #12 jersey for A&M, which has always been heralded as the star special-teams player who embodies the core values of the 12 man that the Aggie faithful claim with such pride. "We knew that coming into this game this defense liked to run side to side to try to keep things from getting to the perimeter". All the credit goes out to them. "They're not going to give you anything". That was until Saturday rolled around, when a somewhat game Texas A&M Aggies squad (relatively) held its own against the Crimson Tide. One of the best coaches of all-time blaming the media for his players losing focus because he only "just" beat Texas A&M.
"Coach Banks drew up a great scheme against their punt team", Gillaspia said. "But I saw him staring at him so I kind of baited him, let him throw the ball, just broke on the ball and made the play".
That No. 3 - star Aggie receiver Christian Kirk - was effectively eliminated from the play because he was streaking left and pressure forced Monk to roll right.
After running off almost 5 minutes of the game clock, Pappanastos lined up a 44-yard field goal, which he nailed from the right hash to put Bama ahead by 15 with 2:09 left. The drive included a 17-yard completion and A&M was flagged for pass interference. "All that stuff you write about how good we are and all that stuff they hear on ESPN, it's like poison". Fitzpatrick also recovered a late Texas A&M onside kick attempt to seal the win.
Alabama entered Saturday having averaged more than 315 rushing yards and almost 510 total yards a game, but the Tide tallied 355 total yards, including 232 on the ground, against the Aggies. The Tide tallied six plays of 15-plus yards, all of which came on their five scoring drives. "We knew this would probably be the best team we've played and they played us tough in the front seven".
Alabama was able to regain enough composure to stop A&M after the free kick, then went on a 10-play, 52-yard drive that ended in a 44-yard Pappanastos field goal to make the margin 27-12. Following a Tide 40-yard field goal by Andy Pappanastos, Trayveon Williams fumbled on the A&M 43-yard line.
The more the better is an obvious reality and the program certainly has the staff to break things down in depth.