Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Alabama's Offense Proves It Can Score with Anybody

McCarron proved that he's a lot more than just a game manager.
McCarron proved that he's a lot more than just a game manager.Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Sebastian LenaAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2013

The No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide proved they can still score with the best of them by defeating the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies 49-42 on Saturday.

Sure, it was against an Aggies defensive unit that came in ranked No. 93 in the nation. However, it was a significant improvement from the Tide’s sloppy offensive showing in Week 1 (206 total yards).

It also puts the team firmly in the driver’s seat for its third straight BCS title game appearance.

Against Texas A&M, Alabama racked up a total of 568 yards of offense. More impressively, the team only faced a third down six times all game, converting half of them.

It may not be as stunning as the Aggies putting up 628 yards of total offense against a Tide defense that returned seven starters from a unit that ranked No. 1 in the nation last season, but for a team that has relied on its defense to win ball games for so long, this is something to cherish.

ESPN Stats and Info put it all into perspective:

 

This will be Alabama's first win when allowing 35 or more points since Sept. 15, 2007 vs Arkansas (41-38).

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 14, 2013

 

In fact, the win was historically significant for the program:

 

Alabama allowed 42 points, the most the Tide have ever allowed in a win.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 14, 2013

 

Quarterback A.J. McCarron led the way for Alabama, throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-29 passing.

Throughout the game, he remained calm and collected in the pocket. He was instrumental in helping the Tide overcome a 14-0 deficit by throwing three straight touchdown tosses in the first half.

Running back T.J. Yeldon was also terrific, rushing for 149 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. However, the sophomore will most likely be remembered for his fourth-quarter fumble on the goal line that resulted in a Texas A&M touchdown.

Regardless, it was a much better collective effort from Alabama’s offense this time around.

Furthermore, the team struggled to move the chains, converting on just six of 17 third-down situations. It certainly didn't help that McCarron (10-of-23, 110 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT) and Yeldon (75 YDS, 1 TD) both put in underwhelming performances against a mediocre Hokies team.

However, after Saturday’s performance of offensive prowess, there's no doubting that these boys from Alabama can light up the scoreboard.

Take notice, SEC.


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