Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen’s 30-yard fumble return for a score against Texas A&M gave the Crimson Tide their 12th non-offensive touchdown of the season, and he extended the team’s streak of scoring at least once in this fashion to 10 games, dating to last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal against Michigan State.
That just demonstrates how many playmakers the Crimson Tide have at their disposal.
If you’re the relive-the-glory type, you’ll love the compilation of all of Alabama’s non-offensive scores from 2016.
Presented in order of most recent:
No. 12: Jonathan Allen 30-yard fumble return (Texas A&M)
Allen got his second score of the season when teammate Ryan Anderson knocked the ball away from Aggies RB Keith Ford on third-and-26 late in the third quarter. Allen was nearby to pick up the ball and rumble for the score.
Jonathan Allen FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN!! pic.twitter.com/WZMxxfTp1m
— Jack McGuire (@BigDaddysCourt) October 22, 2016
No. 11: Eddie Jackson 79-yard punt return (Tennessee)
This is one of the reasons why we’ll miss CBS Sports play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist so much. Just listen to his call as the Tide took a 42-10 lead with this score. Outstanding. It’s just such a shame that Jackson is now out for the season, however, after breaking a leg vs. Texas A&M.
No. 10: Ronnie Harrison 58-yard INT return (Tennessee)
You think that the Crimson Tide are falling for a screen pass? On third-and-7 late in the first quarter, Alabama detects the play meant for Jalen Hurd. It instead went into the arms of Harrison, who took it the distance in the other direction.
No. 9: Minkah Fitzpatrick 100-yard INT return (Arkansas)
This was one of 3 Fitzpatrick interceptions against the Razorbacks, and it gave the Crimson Tide their final points in a game that Alabama won by 19.
No. 8: Tim Williams 23-yard fumble return (Arkansas)
Pressure applied to Razorbacks QB Austin Allen results in a fumble, and Williams was the defender who grabbed it and returned it for 6.
No. 7: Run, Ronnie, Run (Kentucky)
Junior college transfer Stephen Johnson is quickly learning that you can’t be careless with the football in the SEC. With the Wildcats trailing just 10-3 midway through the second quarter, he coughs up a fumble while trying to scramble for a first down, and opportunistic safety Ronnie Harrison snatches it off the bounce and dashes past a Kentucky receiver for six easy points.
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) October 2, 2016
No. 5 Alabama does … score TDs in every way possible (Ole Miss)
This is the point when you thought, “Finally, this crazy game is just about over.” Whether you consider it a fumble or an interception return (it was officially scored as a fumble), 294-pound Jonathan Allen rumbling 75 yards down the sideline was an amazing sight to behold. Pass rushing specialist Tim Williams gets the best of Rebels O-lineman Sean Rawlings and just gets his hand on Kelly to force the fumble, and Allen seems to snag it right out of the air.
You’re also probably wondering: How did Allen know to cover up the football right as Ole Miss’ Quincy Adeboyejo is about to catch him at the goal line? Allen could see Adeboyejo’s approach on the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium video board as he ran to the end zone. Once again, good awareness by an Alabama defender.
No. 4: Major Payne for Chad Kelly (Ole Miss)
Big defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne gets credit for the scoop-and-score, but this play was more a result of 1) linebacker Ryan Anderson being sent on a delay blitz and 2) Kelly’s poor ball security. Anderson wrestles it out of the Ole Miss quarterback’s hands on their way to the turf. Payne gets credit for awareness, though. Sad Ole Miss dad (0:22 mark) says it all for the Rebels.
No. 3: The legacy continues (Ole Miss)
Trailing Ole Miss 24-3 in the second quarter, Alabama fans were about to hit the “panic” button before Jalen Hurts orchestrated a quick touchdown drive. Then Jackson made it a one-score game by doing what Cyrus Jones did so well the year before — making teams pay in the return game. The blocking execution wasn’t perfect on this one, but the deep punt gave Jackson enough room to get the wheels turning. Eighty-five yards later, the Tide find themselves within striking distance of the Rebels.
No. 2: Mr. Jackson’s back (Western Kentucky)
All Alabama needs to do with Eddie Jackson is sit him back in zone coverage and let him do work. Here, Western Kentucky has two slot receivers running streak routes, and both are well-covered. Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White tries to force one, but Jackson eats it up and then speeds past everyone and stiff arms White for the pick-six.
No. 1: Right where they left off (USC)
Believe it or not, the 2016 Crimson Tide have almost as many non-offensive touchdowns as last year’s squad — and we’re only eight games into the schedule. Southern California came into the season with high hopes, but coach Clay Helton already finds himself in danger of getting canned. It all started in Week 1 with Alabama’s 52-6 throttling in Jerry World. Southern California actually led 3-0 through the first quarter, but the deficit quickly piled up in the second quarter after quarterback Max Browne’s pass went off his receiver’s hands and right into Marlon Humphrey’s. He and a convoy charge 18 yards into the end zone for a 17-3 lead.
Bonus: The big Mack attack (Kent State)
This is technically an offensive touchdown, but linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson made a 1-yard touchdown catch against Kent State after lining up as a fullback (4:35 mark of the video below). The best part? Jalen Hurts’ pass was actually intended for tight end O.J. Howard, who was running a route deeper in the end zone. Wilson, a former 5-star recruit, just so happened to snag it instead and, after a bit of a bobble, came down with it. Featuring defensive players in goal line situations is something college teams need to do more often. Props on that accidental touchdown, Alabama.
SEC Country’s Alec Shirkey contributed to this report.