Texas A&M could have folded like most teams do when they fall behind No. 1 Alabama by three touchdowns. Instead, Kevin Sumlin’s team finished strong in going toe-to-toe with the Crimson Tide the rest of the way in a 27-19 loss Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
It’s not often teams can point to a good loss, but for the Aggies, the loss to Alabama could be just what they need — a confidence builder.
A few statistical items:
- Both teams totaled 16 first downs.
- Alabama outgained Texas A&M 355-308
- The Aggies had more passing yards (237-123).
- Neither team was good on third downs offensively. Alabama converted 4 of 14, while Texas A&M was 3 of 14.
- The Aggies led time of possession: 32:28 to 27:32.
The two biggest advantages for Alabama came in rushing yards (232-71) and the Aggies had 3 turnovers compared to 1 for Alabama.
A&M blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety Saturday night against Alabama and scored a touchdown with 17 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 8 points. Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick recovered the onside kick to secure the win.
Because of that showing, SEC Country Power Poll voters bumped up the Aggies one spot in the poll this week to No. 4. Alabama is No. 1, where the Tide have been all season, followed by Georgia and Auburn.
Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1) travels to Gainesville this week to play Florida (3-2, 2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Gainesville.
Following the road trip against the SEC East Gators, the Aggies return home to play Mississippi State, Auburn and New Mexico before ending the season with road trips to Ole Miss and LSU.
Check back here every Sunday for the latest installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 6 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||310||0||2||2||3|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||288||0||3||2||3|
|4||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||241||0||5||4||9|
|5||LSU (9 - 4)||201||0||10||5||9|
|6||Florida (4 - 7)||197||0||4||4||9|
|7||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||190||0||7||4||10|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||178||0||6||4||10|
|9||South Carolina (9 - 4)||153||0||8||5||11|
|10||Tennessee (4 - 8)||89||0||12||7||12|
|11||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||79||0||11||9||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||65||0||9||7||13|
|13||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||30||0||13||11||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||7||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)