What was billed as a heavyweight match turned into a second-half knockout punch for top-ranked Alabama, who beat fellow undefeated SEC West beast Texas A&M 33-14 on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
A&M actually took a one-point lead after getting a touchdown on the first drive of the second half, but Alabama answered right back with a scoring drive of its own.
"I really liked the way our players responded in the second half when we got behind 14-13 and A&M went right down and scored on their first possession of the second half," UA head coach Nick Saban told CBS after the game. "So, great competitive spirit on our part to come back and dominate the game the rest of the way."
Then ahead 20-14, junior defender Ryan Anderson forced a fumble from Aggies running back Keith Ford with 31 seconds left in the third quarter. Jonathan Allen scooped up the ball and rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown to make it a two-score advantage, and UA never looked back.
It was the 12th non-offensive touchdown of the season for the Tide and the 10th consecutive game Alabama has scored a touchdown that didn't come from its offense.
Like has been the case all season, UA dominated the second half to continue to make its case that it's the best team in the nation.