Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The story behind 2 big Alabama plays, how film was factor

The story behind 2 big Alabama plays, how film was factor

"It was a tough game in a tough atmosphere, and we knew coming in that this was probably the best team we've played and that they would play us tough in the front seven, which they did", Alabama coach Nick Saban said Saturday night in a news conference.

Three SEC teams were represented in the AP Top 25, all ranked in the top 10.

Sumlin was fielding questions about what many considered a moral victory for A&M, considering the Aggies were almost four-touchdown underdogs against rolling Alabama (6-0, 3-0), which had defeated its two prior SEC opponents by a combined score of 125-3. There's little debating that, especially after he has turned the Alabama Crimson Tide to some weird version of John Wooden's UCLA basketball program, but instead of scoring buckets, Nick Saban's players commit acts of violence for our entertainment. And the Crimson Tide appeared to be in cruise control against the Aggies, leading 24-3 in the third quarter before Texas A&M came storming back.

After cornerback Debione Renfro forced the Alabama's first turnover in 11 months by stripping WR Robert Foster of the ball, quarterback Kellen Mond (19-29, 231 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) came to life, converting two spectacular 4th down passes on a 5 minute, 21 second drive. Oh, the humanity of it all. "I knew it and made the play".

Mond was 19 of 29 for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

When Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond spun out of trouble and added a couple of twists along the way in escaping an Alabama pass rush en route to a highlight-reel touchdown pass Saturday night, the freshman looked an terrible lot like a fellow San Antonian who held the same gig four years ago. Even though Texas A&M really played a good game and shared a lot of heart in the game, we played a pretty ordinary game for us.

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"He's giving everything he's got", Sumlin said.

While the Aggie offense was starting to heat up, the Alabama offense went frigid with help from an Aggie defense that held them to 4 yards a play and 1.7 yards a rush in the second half.

Mond started the drive with a 20-yard run to get the Aggies in field goal range, but then made a key mistake.

Alabama's Jalen Hurts (2) throws a pass against Texas A&M during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in College Station, Texas. "(But) this is a different A&M team.

"You have to give A&M a lot of credit", Saban said. "All that stuff you write about how good we are? No", he said. "But we are happy that we can walk out of here with a win". "We're not in that position at the end of the game to try and onside kick and do some things if he doesn't play the way that he did down the stretch". All those things to me are really, really important. "If you get better every week, there's not a game that we can't win".

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