Texas A&M football couldn’t quite pull off the upset against No. 1 Alabama. The team as a whole played well, but these Aggies were particularly impressive in the 27-19 loss.
The Texas A&M football team should be proud of the way they played against the top ranked Crimson Tide. Although they ultimately lost, there are a lot of positive things to take away from this game.
The fact that A&M only ended up losing by one score was impressive in and of itself. Alabama outscored their last two opponents (Vanderbilt and Ole Miss) 125-3. On top of that, the Aggies actually outscored the Crimson Tide 16-10 in the second half. Unfortunately their second half efforts weren’t good enough to make up for a poor first half.
Texas A&M found themselves trailing Alabama 24-3 early in the third quarter. Being down 21 points to the No. 1 team in the country would cause most teams to abandon all hope of winning. But not Texas A&M. The entire team played hard until the final whistle was blown.
The defense as a unit played extremely well. They held the reigning SEC offensive player of the year Jalen Hurts to 13 completions and 123 passing yards. They did however allow Alabama to rush for 232 yards, but that isn’t as bad as it seems considering they average 301 rushing yards per game this season.
The defense also forced Bama to commit their first turnover of the season when freshman Debione Renfro forced a fumble mid-way through the third quarter. That turnover sparked the Aggies’ comeback attempt.
Although their comeback attempt would eventually fall short, Texas A&M proved that they are a really good football team that continues to improve week by week.
The Aggies will be on the road next week as they take on Florida. But before we look ahead to their match up with the Gators, we must first acknowledge these three players for their efforts against Alabama.