Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Another defensive score sparks Tide

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts gets out of bounds as Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts gives chase in the second half.

Associated Press

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts gets out of bounds as Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts gives chase in the second half.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When Alabama couldn't shake Texas A&M in a battle of unbeaten Top 10 teams, it was Jonathan Allen's scoop-and-score defensive touchdown that effectively brushed aside the latest would-be challenger.

What else?

A star defensive end, Allen returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter to help Alabama beat the sixth-ranked Aggies 33-14 Saturday. The Crimson Tide has scored on defense or special teams in 10 straight games, a streak as impressive as its 20 straight wins.

Alabama moved on as the powerhouse league's last unbeaten team in part thanks to Allen. He scooped up the ball after Ryan Anderson knocked it loose from Keith Ford to finally build a cushion over the Aggies, who led 14-13 well into the third.

"You know you don't think about it," Allen said. "It's all reaction. We just train ourselves to pick up all loose balls in practices and it's good to see it happening in the game."

It's happening again and again.

The score was 20-14 when Allen pushed Alabama's season total of defensive or special teams scores to 12. Allen has scored twice on fumble returns.

"I think that was the real turning point in the game, because it changed the momentum of the game," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "Those plays are always huge in games, but that one was especially huge."

The Tide, however, sustained a big loss when safety Eddie Jackson was injured in the fourth quarter and didn't come back after a punt return. Saban said Jackson, a senior and team leader, is out for the season with a broken leg.

Alabama's freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts then galloped 37 yards for another score, stepping out of a defender's grasp and making a nifty move to get past another. The Tide was rolling again, a powerful encore to easy wins over ranked Tennessee and Arkansas teams.

The Aggies seemed poised to put up the biggest fight, with a defense that kept the pressure on Hurts and a handful of big runs by quarterback Trevor Knight. Then Allen and Anderson changed that in an instant. Costly penalties hurt the Aggies, too, including a roughing the passer penalty to keep Alabama's go-ahead touchdown drive going earlier in the third.

"You really have five minutes in the game that determined what happened," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We extended the drive with the roughing the passer, then we extended the drive again, I think it was an offsides. So you back that up with a fumble returned for a touchdown in a game like this, against a team like that, that can't happen."

NO. 21 AUBURN 56, NO. 17 ARKANSAS 3: Eli Stove broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run on the host Tigers' first play, giving them momentum they never lost in a surprisingly dominant victory.

Auburn held out starting running back Kerryon Johnson and still ran for 543 yards, a school record for a conference regular-season game. With former star Bo Jackson watching, Kamryn Pettway had 192 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Johnson ran well in pregame warmups but did not play after hurting his right ankle against Mississippi State on Oct. 8.

Auburn has won four straight.

The Tigers held the Razorbacks to 215 total yards, including 25 rushing. Rawleigh Williams ran for 22 yards a week after he had a career-high 180 in a 34-30 win over Mississippi.

"We played a complete game," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "Holding that group to 25 yards rushing was really unbelievable."

S.C. 34, UMASS 28: The Gamecocks offense finally opened things up. Freshman quarterback Jake Bentley was a big reason why.

Bentley threw for two touchdowns and 201 yards in his first college game to lead host South Carolina, which set a season high for points.

"We just really opened up the playbook when Jake was back there, because we know he can throw it very well," said receiver Deebo Samuel, who had eight catches for 106 yards.

MTSU 51, MIZZOU 45: Middle Tennessee had 584 total yards and made a key fourth-down stop with less than a minute left, handing the Tigers their first home loss to a non-Power Five team since joining the SEC in 2012. Missouri also allowed its most points ever in a homecoming game. The Blue Raiders beat an SEC team for the fourth time in 26 tries.

Another defensive score sparks Tide 10/22/16 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2016 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning's Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov's scoring run

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov celebrates his second-period goal against the Devils, his eighth overall, giving him goals in each of the first seven games.
  2. Bucs journal: Offense needs to get off to a faster start

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The past two games have seen the Bucs offense muster furious rallies in the fourth quarter of losses, with 229 yards against the Patriots and a franchise-record 27 points against the Cardinals.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  3. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  4. Lightning's Steve Yzerman: Nikita Kucherov 'wants to be great'

    Blogs

    If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Nikita Kucherov joined Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the last 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first six games.
  5. Fennelly: Longtime Bucs fans, we want to hear from you

    Blogs

    Calling all Bucs fans! Calling all Bucs fans!

    Jameis Winston is pressured by Chandler Jones during the Bucs' loss to the Cardinals Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.