Bama's Best Ever Against Ranked Foe

Alabama’s 59-0 win over Texas A&M was one of just a handful of games matching ranked teams. The Crimson Tide was ranked seventh and A&M 21. Bama’s margin of victory was the greatest in Alabama history against a ranked team.

Alabama’s 59 points was the most since scoring 62 in a game at Duke on Sept. 18, 2010. It was the largest margin of victory since a 66-3 win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 29, 1979. It was the biggest shutout victory since a 62-0 win over Tulane on Oct. 12, 1991.

But Duke and Vanderbilt and Tulane are not the same as Texas A&M. The 59 points against the Aggies was the most against a ranked team ever for Alabama. The previous record was a 55-point win (61-6) in the 1953 Orange Bowl against 14th ranked Syracuse.

Here are other notes from the Bama victory.

Alabama now holds a 5-2 edge in the all-time series against Texas A&M.

The Crimson Tide’s 35 points in the second quarter of Saturday’s game were the most in the available records of Alabama games, which date from 1945. The previous high was 34 against Ole Miss in Jackson on Oct. 7, 1989.

The 45 points in the first half by Alabama were the most since scoring 45 in that 2010 Duke game and second most in Bama history to a 1990 game at Vanderbilt when it was 52-0 at intermission.

For the fifth time in seven games this year, Alabama reached the 500-yard mark in total offense. Bama finished with 602 yards of total offense against A&M and is averaging 514.6 yards per game this year.

T.J. Yeldon went over the 100-yard mark for the 14th time in his Alabama career. That makes him third all-time at Bama behind Bobby Humphrey (1985-88) and Shaun Alexander (1996-99) with 15 each.

Yeldon’s one-yard scoring run in the second quarter was the 30th rushing touchdown of his career, tying him for sixth place in the Alabama record books with Eddie Lacy (2010-12). Mark Ingram (2008-10) is the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns with 42.

When Adam Griffith connected on his 21-yard field goal to start the scoring against Texas A&M, it marked the 176th consecutive game in which Alabama has scored. That is the on-going program record.

Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin, who was coach at Houston 2008-11 and for the Aggies since then, had never been shut out as a head coach. His lowest previous score came last year at LSU when he lost to the Tigers by 45-10.

With the win over 21st ranked Texas A&M, Alabama is 27-10 (73 per cent) against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 since 2008. Alabama is 16-5 against AP top ten teams in that period.

Opponents have gained over 300 yards of offense only 35 times in Nick Saban’s 101-game Alabama career. Texas A&M joined the failures with only 172 Saturday. Bama has held four of seven opponents under 300 this year. Texas A&M had only 51 yards of total offense at halftime, all of it passing yardage.

Since the start of the 2007 season, Bama teams under Saban have held opponents to 10 points or fewer 51 times, just over half of his 101 games.

Alabama is now 79-5 under Saban when leading at the half.

Captains for Alabama were safety Jarrick Williams, linebacker Trey DePriest, and wide receiver DeAndrew White.

Honorary captains for the Crimson Tide were former Bama linebacker DeMeco Ryans, former defensive tackle Bob Baumhower, and former offensive lineman Evan Mathis, who is Bamhower’s nephew.

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