Instead, he has relied on his playmaking abilities as a passer to help lead the top-ranked Tide to another undefeated start.
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It would last all of one play from scrimmage.
The A&M defense tagged Alabama for its first turnover since last November.
Saban said he hadn't even really thought about it, noting "maybe that's a mistake on our part", but saying they are treating it like a business trip. "We saw that tonight". Kansas State needed only four plays to answer.
He said this story of him and his father reminded him of the situation the Crimson Tide players from Houston are going to face this Saturday. However, if last year's game is any indication this one might be closer.
Alabama opened the second half with a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. "Whenever you get back around family and enjoy time with family, and are around the football team ..." "This is by far, I think, the strongest team we've played to this point all the way around", Saban told reporters of a slate that began with Florida State. A&M got to him once in the second half for a season-high three sacks in total.
Alabama football is 6-0 and should be 8-0 and rested when a flawed LSU team comes to Tuscaloosa. Hurts scored the touchdown after Harris ran 27 yards to the 1, breaking three tackles.
Mond threaded a needle, completing a 3-yard pass to Christian Kirk as he was falling out of bounds.
Mond led the offense on a 44-yard drive before throwing the ball into double coverage, and Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick picked the ball off at the 1-yard line.
"When you have a loss like A&M did in the opener and bounce back to get to 4-1, what does it say about them to get over that?" "If you're a defensive lineman or an offensive lineman in this league, you know what time it is".
Texas A&M limited Alabama's offense to just 110 yards in the second half. "I would just call it a test rather than a reality check". I wish it hadn't bounced out of bounds, but it's a amusing shaped ball.
I did not expect Texas A&M to win this game tonight.
Texas A&M freshman QB Kellen Mond had a solid performance against a dominant Alabama defense. A&M couldn't recover the onside kick, however, and the Crimson Tide were able to run out the clock. Sometimes you need to focus on the task at hand no matter what else is going on in life.
"He's one of the most physical backs I've ever seen", A&M center Erik McCoy said. "They learned something when they lost against UCLA". And that type of one-dimensional offense never does well against Nick Saban teams. "We're ahead 24-3, we're supposed to go ahead and put the game away, and we didn't".
"There are no moral victories in this league", Sumlin said.
Saban said Hurts is improving his ability to consider his options when he starts to scramble.
"We've got goals every week internally that we're trying to reach, and this team responds to that by getting a little bit better every week". He has 5.5 sacks in five games, second in the SEC.