Mistakes on offense, and the inability to stop the run, ended up hurting Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC) as the No. 9 Aggies fell to No. 10 Alabama 41-23 (6-1, 3-1 SEC) at home Saturday.
Alabama took advantage of Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen’s three interceptions as the Crimson Tide returned all three picks for touchdowns, setting a school record.
Allen finished the game with 263 yards through the air but the three interceptions proved to be costly for the Aggies.
Texas A&M also struggled to slow down the Crimson Tide’s ground game as Alabama running back Derrick Henry rushed for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 32 carries.
Here is the postgame reaction:
Mistakes haunted Texas A&M on offense as the Aggies threw four interceptions, three by Allen and another by Kyler Murray. Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick returned two of the interceptions back for touchdowns and Eddie Jackson returned one for the third pick-six.
Sumlin: "It's virtually impossible to win when you give away 21 points."
— Battalion Sports (@battsports) October 17, 2015
Despite throwing two interceptions in the second quarter to put the Aggies in a 28-6 hole with 6:28 left in the half, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin kept Kyle Allen in for most of the game. Kyler Murray only had four pass attempts when the freshman quarterback came in the game to spell Allen.
Sumlin says he told Allen & Murray that picks are part of position. Like head coach; too much credit when u win, too much blame when u lose.
— The Zone (@Zone1150) October 18, 2015
Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones came in Allen’s defense after he threw the three interceptions. Seals-Jones finished the game with six receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Ricky Seals-Jones on 3 pick 6s: Kyle was flushed out of the pocket and just trying to get it to us. That’s part of the game that happens.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) October 17, 2015
Texas A&M entered the game knowing it had its work cut out for it on defense, but the Aggies struggled to contain Henry out of the gate, as the junior running back ran for 153 yards on nine carries in the first quarter.
Sumlin on Henry: "He's a man. We said that coming into the game."
— Battalion Sports (@battsports) October 18, 2015
Texas A&M couldn’t avenge last season’s 59-0 loss against Alabama but Kevin Sumlin was pleased with the effort the Aggies made throughout the game on defense.
The Aggies seemed to have a shot at a comeback, only down by 11 points before Crimson Tide’s Fitzpatrick made the 55-yard pick six with 5:18 left in the fourth quarter.
"I thought our defense played hard the entire time. I didn't see that last year when we played this game." – Kevin Sumlin on the positives
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) October 17, 2015
Aggies wide receiver Christian Kirk returned a 68-yard punt for a touchdown and kicker Taylor Bertolet made a pair of field goals over 50 yards in the first half. But Bertolet also missed two field goals in the game and the punting unit allowed Alabama defensive back Cyrus Jones to return a punt for 23 yards to keep the Texas A&M special teams from playing a flawless game in that aspect.
"Games like this you try to manufacture points anyway you can… I thought our special teams played above average…" – Coach Sumlin
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) October 18, 2015
Here is the video of Sumlin’s postgame press conference: