Video: Saban at the podium

Alabama coach Nick Saban adresses the media after Alabama's dominant win over Texas A&M on Saturday.

New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez was on the sideline at Bryant-Denny Stadium. His presence must have affected the performance of the Alabama (#7, 6-1, 3-1) defense. They pitched the equivalent of a shutout, negating the potent Texas A&M (#21, 5-3, 2-3) offense in the Tide’s 59-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. A sold out crowd (101,801) and national TV audience (CBS) witnessed the resurgence of the Alabama offense. After a successful Adam Griffith 21-yard field goal on the first possession, quarterback Blake Sims and company passed and ran up and down the field for seven consecutive touchdowns. Alabama led at halftime, 45-0.

Head Coach Nick Saban was highly pleased with the performance of the offense, defense and special teams. The thoroughly effective effort might constitute as near to perfection for an Alabama team during the Nick Saban era. Zero penalties and turnovers. Dominating a power five conference opponent with ease is seldom done especially against a Kevin Sumlin offense which had piled up 71 points (42 – 2013, 29 – 2012) in two previous meetings against Alabama. The third year Aggie coach has never registered a goose egg on the scoreboard while at Texas A&M or Houston (2008-2011). Baseball enthusiasts seeking a reference might say the Alabama offense hit a home run today. The Tide scored on 9 of 13 possessions. Texas A&M, averaging an SEC leading 43.9 points per game, had a dozen opportunities and penetrated Alabama territory three times but failed to record a single point. Nine times the Tide defense forced a punt, twice the Aggies turned the ball over on downs and Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland intercepted a Kenny Hill pass in the third quarter. The ’Bama defense allowed a mere eight first downs. Final on this beautiful autumn day was Alabama 9 scores, Texas A&M 0 or 59-0 for football purists.

Watch the video of the Nick Saban post Texas A&M vs. Alabama press conference as he explains the keys to victory:


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