Resilience Over Revenge
In the week leading up to Saturdays game Alabama head coach, Nick Saban, and his players stated numerous times how they weren’t seeking revenge against the Aggies. With a game that proved to be as good as advertised, the Crimson Tide showed that resiliency is what they were after.
Crimson Tide fans thought they were seeing a bad case of déjà vu early in Saturday afternoon’s matchup with 6th ranked Texas A&M. The Aggies jumped out to a 14-0 lead, which was similar to last season when the Aggies put up 20 points in the first quarter. Alabama showed its resilience by striking back and putting up 35 unanswered points. Living up to all the hype Johnny Manziel proved to the nation why he was the first freshmen ever chosen for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award.
Manziel fit the billing rushing for 98 yards, passing for 448, and throwing 5 touchdowns. His main target seemed to be Mike Evans, who gave our secondary fits for the majority of the game finishing with 279 yards. Alabama’s defense gave up 628 yards and 42 points the most ever since Saban has been on the sideline.
The Tide’s defense however made big plays when given the opportunity. Cyrus Jones intercepted a pass in the end zone as Saban stated was a “huge play”. Vinnie Sunseri also had an interception, with Jarrick Williams making a big play blocking a pass with his helmet that bounced off landing in Sunseri’s arms. Sunseri appropriately ran the ball 73 yards into the end zone, faking out Manziel in the process.
A.J. McCarron played exceptionally well, passing for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns. Alabama’s offense appeared to be what we have all come to expect, with a balanced attack. Six different offense players scored. The wide receivers totaled 231 yards and three touchdowns.
It was a good to see the running game back to its “smash mouth” style. T.J. Yeldon rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown. Appearing in his first game of the season Kenyan Drake proved to be in the list of great running backs that Alabama is getting accustomed to having. Drake rushed 50 yards and a touchdown as well. Jalston Fowler, who played back and full back rushed for 37 yards with a receiving touchdown.
This game saw numerous Tide players all fighting throughout every play. It wasn’t perfect, the Tide had 11 penalties, however that is nothing that can’t be corrected. In the win over Virginia Tech many were wondering what this teams identity would be. The win over the Aggies may not have answered all questions, but it did prove that it has one major similarity that most Nick Saban football teams always have, they are resilient.
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