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Halftime Notes: Alabama at Texas A&M

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Oct. 12, 2019

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No. 1-ranked Alabama leads No. 24 Texas A&M, 24-13, after two quarters of play at Kyle Field. The Crimson Tide held the ball for 12:29 and ran 11 plays less than the hosting Aggies (40-29) in the team’s third SEC game of the 2019 football season.
Waddle is expected to play in the second half, per UA Athletics.
Smith was Alabama’s leading receiver with 82 yards on five receptions. Harris led the team in rushing with 21 yards on six carries. Waddle has returned two punts for 58 yards, including a long of 47 yards. Henry Ruggs III has returned two kickoffs for 65 yards with a long of 38 yards.
Defensively, safety Xavier McKinney and linebacker Shane Lee lead the team with six tackles apiece. McKinney also recovered a fumble that was forced by fellow defensive back Shyheim Carter. The defense recorded sacks (Lee/Justin Eboigbe, Terrell Lewis and Christian Barmore).
-- Alabama’s captains for today’s game at Texas A&M are redshirt senior linebacker Anfernee Jennings, junior wide receiver Henry Ruggs III and junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
-- Alabama extended its school record for consecutive games with a score to 248 with sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Waddle 31-yard receiving touchdown in the first quarter. The Crimson Tide was last held off the scoreboard in a 9-0 loss to Auburn on Nov. 18, 2000. Alabama has a 193-53 (.785) record over the course of the current streak.
-- On the Crimson Tide's second touchdown of the first quarter, junior signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa set the UA career touchdown record, moving ahead of AJ McCarron (2010-13) with 77 for the No. 1 spot. With his three passing touchdowns in the first half, Tagovailoa now has 80 for his career.
-- With his 161 passing yards in the first half at Texas A&M, Tagovailoa has accumulated 6,481 passing yards in 30 career games to rank third all-time at Alabama. Tagovailoa is now 1,443 yards shy of passing John Parker Wilson (2005-08) who is second on the list with 7,924 yards. McCarron, the program’s all-time leader, finished with 9,019 yards across his four seasons in Tuscaloosa.
-- Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide is 134-7 (.950) when leading at the half. Alabama has held the lead in 51 of its last 64 games dating back to the start of the 2015 season. Alabama is also 118-4 (.967) when leading by seven or more points at the break during the Saban era.
“We’ve got to compete every play of the game and keep playing. We obviously let an opportunity slip away down here with the interception. We knew they were going to go two minutes, and we got two penalties. That’s 30 yards right there, which is what gave them the field goal. We did play better on defense after the first series and we’re going to have to continue to do that.”
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