Texas A&M came into Tuscaloosa and did what few team have done in recent years: walk out with a victory. How do the numbers stack up?
Probably the most important statistic of this entire ballgame: the number of turnovers Alabama committed. Texas A&M committed none. AJ McCarron gave up his first two interceptions of the season. The other was a TJ Yeldon fumble. Alabama’s turnover margin for the first eight games of the season was -19. These past two weeks? The Crimson Tide are -5. In fact, both LSU and Texas A&M committed no turnovers against Alabama, which hasn’t happened since FAU went without a turnover earlier this season.
The number of yards that Alabama’s defense has given up the last two weeks; the most over a two-week stretch under Nick Saban. The last time Alabama gave up more yards in a two week span was in 2003, under first-year coach Mike Shula. That year, Alabama gave up a total of 938 yards to Mississippi and Tennessee.
Since the NCAA restored freshman eligibility in 1972, Johnny Manziel was just the second freshman quarterback to beat a top-ranked team since 1987, and the second overall to beat a top-ranked team in Texas A&M history. The other freshman quarterback was Oklahoma’s Charles Thompson, who took down No. 1 Nebraska.
The number of pass attempts AJ McCarron threw against the Aggie defense; the most of his entire career. He completed 21 of those with two interceptions and one touchdown on Alabama’s final scoring drive. It’s the first time Alabama has passed more than they have rushed since Kent State in 2011.
That’s the third down conversion ratio for Alabama against Texas A&M. The Aggies had a 11-18 ratio. They hadn’t missed a third down conversion until mid-second quarter, and went on to attempt a fourth down conversion, which failed on a Johnny Manziel rush.
Irrelevent Stat of the Night: 56.5
That’s the average number of kicking yards Alabama punter Cody Mandell on Saturday, which is a career high for him. He punted a total of 226 yards with his longest being 60 yards.
Compared to Auburn: 28
That’s the number of points Georgia scored against Auburn in the first four drives of the game. The first four drives for Georgia accounted for four passing touchdowns. Each of those drives started as close as the Bulldogs 36-yard line, and as far as the Georgia 9-yard line.
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