Quarterback Jalen Milroe threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the win
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 11/10 Alabama football team continued its winning ways with a 26-20 road victory Saturday at Texas A&M. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 5-1 overall and sits atop the SEC Western Division with a perfect 3-0 record.
Quarterback Jalen Milroe had a strong showing in his first appearance at Kyle Field, throwing for a career-best 321 yards on 21-of-33 passing and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Jermaine Burton was the main beneficiary of Milroe’s passing attack, as he finished with nine catches for 197 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Isaiah Bond also had a strong game, closing with 96 yards receiving on seven catches and a score.
The Crimson Tide defense continued its impressive play this season, and especially in the second half, allowing the Aggies (4-2, 2-1 SEC) only three points and 103 total yards of offense after intermission. Defensive lineman Tim Keenan III stepped up to lead the team with eight tackles and a sack, while Caleb Downs added seven tackles and an interception.
- With the win, Alabama improved to 13-3 in the series with Texas A&M, including a 6-1 record when playing the Aggies at Kyle Field
- Jermaine Burton entered today’s game with season numbers of eight receptions, 189 yards and two touchdowns but finished with nine receptions for 197 yards and a pair of scores in the Tide’s victory
- The Alabama defense allowed the Aggies 103 total yards of offense in the second half, including just 15 yards rushing, and three points, as UA outscored Texas A&M 16-3 after intermission
- With 67 yards rushing allowed, the Alabama defensive unit has now held 20 of its last 34 opponents (dating back to the 2021 season) to less than 100 yards rushing
- UA has now limited 10 of the last 19 opponents to 80 yards or less dating back to the start of the 2022 campaign, including three games in 2023.
- Alabama’s place kicker Will Reichard made his only field goal of the day and has now accounted for 25 consecutive field goals made dating back to last year’s contest at Tennessee. Reichard went on to make his last 13 field goals in 2022 and has connected on all 12 of his field goals during the 2023 season.
- Head coach Nick Saban improved to 30-3 all-time against his former assistants, including a 6-1 record when facing Jimbo Fisher
- Caleb Downs’ second quarter interception marked the fifth time in the last six games that the defense has picked off a pass. In fact, the Crimson Tide now has seven picks on the year, matching its 2022 season total (13 games)
- The victory was Saban’s 199th in 17 seasons at Alabama (199-28)
How It Happened
- 05:34 – TAMU | Texas A&M got on the board first with a 22-yard field goal from Randy Bond ending a seven-play, 39-yard drive in 3:15
- 03:31 – UA | Alabama answered with a 39-yard field goal from Will Reichard capping off a six-play, 49-yard drive
- 14:51 – UA | The first touchdown of the game came when Jalen Milroe found Isaiah Bond for a 52-yard reception finishing a five-play, 66-yard drive in 2:06
- 09:57 – TAMU | The Aggies scored their first touchdown when Max Johnson connected with Jake Johnson for a 22-yard reception to tie the game
- 03:23 – TAMU | Le’Veon Moss carried the ball across the goal line for a one-yard rushing touchdown to end an 11-play, 53-yard drive that lasted 5:38
- 07:29 – UA | Alabama opened the second half with a touchdown when Milroe found Jermaine Burton for a 15-yard reception after a six-play, 39-yard drive
- 00:22 – UA | A 19-yard reception to Burton from Milroe capped off a six-play, 80-yard drive in 2:37
- 02:11 – TAMU | Randy Bond hit his second field goal of the game to complete a five-play, 62-yard drive lasting 1:26
- Alabama returns home to begin a three-game homestand starting with Arkansas next Saturday, Oct. 14.
- The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks are scheduled for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the game airing live on ESPN