Two out of the last three seasons the A&M Aggies have played the Crimson Tide very tough. Of course those were the days of Johnny Manzel. Manzel led the Aggies to a shocker in Tuscaloosa in 2012 which led to his Heisman Trophy. In 2013 he connected with Mike Evans for over 200 yards passing and they only loss by seven points in College Station. Last season, the Aggies met their match against the Crimson Tide defense and were blown out in Bryant-Denney Stadium 59-0.
The 12th Man was amped and ready for the Tide to come in to College Station Saturday afternoon ranked 9th in the country and ready to give Alabama its second loss of the season, which would have knocked them out of the running for a chance at the SEC West title. But when you’re so amped up for a big game you tend to do things that are out of the norm and overthink. Sophomore Kyle Allen ran into that buzz saw that is Kirby Smart’s defense.
Four…count them four interceptions thrown by the Aggie quarterbacks. Kyle Allen pressing a little bit overthrew his receivers on two of three interceptions and miscommunication between him and his receiver resulted in his third turnover.
When you look at the final score and analyze or breakdown a game, depending on how close the score is you can point to this or that, but sometimes the answers are right there in front of you. 41-23 was the final score. Kyle Allen threw three interceptions; all of which were returned for touchdowns by Eddie Jackson and two by Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick is the only player in the long history of Alabama football to have two interceptions returned for touchdowns in one game. The Aggies had 21 points off turnovers. Take those away and the Aggies could have given the Tide their second loss.
It didn’t help A&M that they let Alabama running back keep his Heisman hopes alive by allowing him to rush for 236 yards on the ground and scoring two touchdowns.
Turnovers make the difference in every game, some way or another.