Alabama Football: Mac Jones shines as Tide top Aggies

Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports /

Alabama football wins their home opener against the Texas A&M Aggies.

Texas A&M came into their game against Alabama football with high hopes. Thanks to big defensive plays and dominance by Mac Jones, the Tide emerged victorious with a 52-24 win.

Mac Jones distributed the ball evenly to all targets against the Aggies. Despite Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith leading the way for the Crimson Tide, John Metchie scored the first touchdown in this game. It was a 78-yard catch for the score.

Alabama also scored on a Najee Harris run early in this game to take a quick lead, but Texas A&M fought back. They scored on a long pass due to a mistake by Daniel Wright and immediately got the ball back with a Mac Jones interception. After a 14-14 score, Alabama fought back with a pick-6 and another offensive score. By halftime, the Tide led by three touchdowns.

Defensive missteps were still prevalent in the second half, but Alabama extended its lead. Jaylen Waddle continued his Heisman campaign with an 87-yard touchdown catch. All in all, Mac Jones was the key that ignited the rest of the offense. He went 20 for 27 with 435 yards and 4 touchdowns.  for Alabama football.

The Crimson Tide running game struggled overall, but they still did their part. Najee Harris scored two touchdowns in the first half despite his inability to break free for a long run. Part of the reason for this was because the passing game continued to break free for long gains. Many of Harris’s touches were near the goal line.

Nick Saban remains undefeated against former assistants as he beats Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies. Alabama will face three more former assistants in October when they play Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee.

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There are a lot of things to take away from this Alabama football victory. The secondary needs work, and the running game did not live up to the hype. However, Alabama achieved all of its goals in the win. They can definitely grow from their performance as the season progresses, but Tide fans should be happy.