COLLEGE STATION, Texas — You knew Derrick Henry was “feeling it” when he broke free from the first two layers of Texas A&M’s defense in the first quarter.
Alabama’s junior running back had just the safety to beat, and there were few in the stadium who would have put money on that poor defensive back. Henry blew by him for a 55-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead in Alabama’s eventual 41-23 takedown of the Aggies.
“He was huge,” lineman Cam Robinson said. “He was getting to the second level, and honestly, I don’t think they wanted to tackle him.”
Quarterback Jake Coker leaned on Henry and the running game all day.
“I’ve gotten to where I don’t get too surprised anymore,” he said of Henry’s brilliance. “You see him doing things like that all the time, and he did what Derrick does, today. Very impressive.”
Coach Nick Saban put it simplest at the end of the day: “Derrick’s a real workhorse for us.”
Henry’s historic day included a hallowed spot in the Alabama record books and his 12th-straight game with a rushing touchdown — best in ‘Bama history, and currently best among the country’s active players.