#1 Alabama Escapes The Twelfth Man To Stay Perfect

#1 Alabama Escapes The Twelfth Man To Stay Perfect

Lane Kiffin might have given up his petty shots at Nick Saban and Alabama. "All that stuff you write about how good we are and all that stuff they hear on ESPN, it's like poison".

Though they were not expected to be in such a close game down the stretch, Sumlin was disappointed that his team couldn't walk off the field with a victory. In a terse summation, Saban called such media praise "rat poison" for players.

Top-ranked Alabama has looked more than imposing over the past two weeks and aims for another convincing victory when it visits Texas A&M on Saturday in SEC play.

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is human. Texas A&M played outstanding overall and Kellen Mond put up better numbers than Jalen Hurts.

On the first play of Alabama's second drive, Harris took it all the way on a 75-yard touchdown run.

"It's kind of like my dad used to tell me when I used to go to work at the station, my girlfriend broke up with so I was treating the customers bad", Saban said.

Stallings being on the field on Saturday night looked unlikely last week - just last weekend, the 82-year-old former coach was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.

Special teams - C: It was a rough night for senior punter JK Scott, who missed a 50-yard field goal with 12:39 remaining in the second quarter, shanked a 19-yard punt 15 seconds into the fourth quarter and had a punt blocked inside his own end zone for a safety with 10:18 remaining in the game. The defense wasn't at its sharpest either, particularly in covering Williams coming out of the backfield on pass plays. Alex Barnes rushed for 20 yards to give the Wildcats a first-and-goal, and Delton pushed the game to double overtime with his second rushing score.

Alabama had not committed a turnover all season until Texas A&M defensive back Debione Renfro jarred the ball loose from the grip of Crimson Tide wide receiver Robert Foster midway through the third quarter.

I did not expect Texas A&M to win this game tonight. Say what you will about the apparent focus on football first, second, and third, but the school is not paying Saban as much as he is getting to allow for the possibility of any slipping up as a program.

"I made a check at the line and it put us in a good position to make a positive play and we had a big explosive play", Hurts said of the touchdown.

But Dodson's sack came one play after Hurts escaped on a pass play and ran 38 yards down the field. He carried Texas on his back for nearly the entire game, plus two extra frames, hitting 30-of-50 throws for 380 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while leading the 'Horns with 107 yards on 20 carries. Alabama quarterbacks have only been sacked once in the last three games.

Yes, just another ho-hum beatdown of a SEC opponent. "At the end of the day, the game's going to go on if they show up or not".