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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws a pass against Western Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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The Alabama Crimson Tide proved yet again they’re one of best teams in the country with a 52-24 win over the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday.

Mac Jones was the star of the show for No. 2 Alabama, throwing four touchdown passes, including three that went for more than 60 yards. John Metchie III scored the first two touchdowns of his career in what became a blowout during the Tide’s first home game of the season in front of a limited crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

It was a complete effort to knock off the No. 13 team in the Associated Press poll, giving Alabama its first resume-building win of 2020.

Kellen Mond recorded three touchdown passes, but Texas A&M still suffered its eighth straight loss to its SEC West rival.

Notable Performances

Mac Jones, QB, ALA: 20-of-27, 435 passing yards, 4 TD, 1 INT

Najee Harris, RB, ALA: 43 rushing yards, 26 receiving yards, 2 TD

John Metchie III, WR, ALA: 5 catches, 181 receiving yards, 2 TD

Jaylen Waddle, WR, ALA: 5 catches, 142 receiving yards, 1 TD

Kellen Mond, QB, A&M: 25-of-44, 318 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Isaiah Spiller, RB, A&M: 25 rushing yards

Ainias Smith, RB, A&M: 29 rushing yards, 123 receiving yards, 2 TD

Mac Jones Leads Exciting Alabama Offense

The Crimson Tide might have lost several key players from last season to the NFL, but it still boasts one of the top attacks in the nation behind Jones.

He had 435 passing yards on just 27 attempts, turning heads on the first drive with a 78-yard touchdown toss to Metchie, which featured a beautiful deep ball:

CBS Sports @CBSSports

Hello, Mac Jones. Hello, John Metchie. Hello, end zone. https://t.co/RN1aVjYHXY

Chase Goodbread @ChaseGoodbread

Mac Jones dime puts Alabama up early. Couldn’t have handed it to John Metchie any easier.

Joe Marino @TheJoeMarino

Mac Jones dime. Can’t throw the 9 route any better than that.

Jones spread his targets around with each of his top three receivers catching at least five passes.

CBS Sports @CBSSports

Mac to Metchie is working well for @AlabamaFTBL. https://t.co/VF6KZr3YOY

CBS Sports @CBSSports

DeVonta Smith had all the room he needed. https://t.co/1oggXQb7Yd

CBS Sports @CBSSports

W̶A̶R̶P̶ WADDLE SPEED https://t.co/hMM2Sx5KCs

CBS Sports @CBSSports

“I think we have a new star we can talk about.”

John Metchie III: 5 REC, 181 YDS, 2 TD https://t.co/JnLw25zlRW

SEC Network @SECNetwork

Mac Jones has three career pass TDs of 85+ yards.

That’s the most by any QB in @AlabamaFTBL history. https://t.co/GM61io9l9D

Aaron Suttles @AaronSuttles

Mac Jones showing off all the throws today. Nice touch pass to Waddle there.

Kevin Scarbinsky @KevinScarbinsky

Mac Jones out here playing darts.

There were some question marks about Jones heading into the season since he is replacing Tua Tagovailoa, but there will be few doubters after just two games.

Najee Harris also provided plenty of help, totaling 69 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns.

Even with limited touches, his work as a runner and receiver makes him an elite NFL prospect:

SEConCBS @SEConCBS

If there’s an end zone nearby, Najee Harris is gonna find it. https://t.co/XSHa7v9iTh

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

With 2 rush TD in the first half, Najee Harris now has 5 rush TD on the season.

The only Alabama players with more rush TD through the team’s first 2 games over the last 25 seasons are Shaun Alexander (8) in 1998 and Derrick Henry (6) in 2015. https://t.co/GDG9zYGjp3

Dane Brugler @dpbrugler

I think @MoveTheSticks nailed it with his Matt Forte comp for Najee Harris.

Both have size, cutting ability, patience, toughness and outstanding receiving skills. Forte had a little more home run ability but Harris can create as well.

The Tide made some mistakes, including a bad interception by Jones, but 544 yards with only about 22 minutes of possession showed they will be difficult to stop.

Few Big Plays Not Enough to Keep Texas A&M Competitive

The Aggies showed great resolve in the first half, overcoming a 14-0 deficit with huge plays.

CBS Sports @CBSSports

HOW DID HE STAY IN BOUNDS?! https://t.co/3gfqtOzCxJ

br_betting @br_betting

From down 14 to tied just like that 🔥

A&M (+700 ML/+18.5) playing tough early https://t.co/uoetmMwS8Q

The comeback made it seem as though this would be a competitive matchup.

But it was not.

The Texas A&M defense struggled to stop Alabama, while key mistakes led to huge turnarounds:

Bleacher Report CFB @BR_CFB

BAMA PICK-6

(via @CBSSports)
https://t.co/jfhz3T9HKe

Other miscues, including a missed field goal on the opening drive and two failed fourth-down tries, also didn’t help the Aggies stay in the game.

There were positive moments in the second half, including the emergence of Ainias Smith:

Will Leverett @312Will

A&M moving Ainias Smith to the backfield is like moving Jerry Rice to the backfield in Super Tecmo Bowl.

Mike Lucas @KAGS_Lucas

Ainias Smith in the slot is a PROBLEM.

Actually, Ainias Smith anywhere on the field with the ball is a problem. #GigEm

It still wasn’t enough to keep up with the Tide.

This is clearly a talented team that could win a lot of games, but you need to be near perfect to beat Alabama on the road, and that wasn’t the case Saturday.

What’s Next?

The schedule remains difficult for Texas A&M, which will host No. 3 Florida next Saturday. Alabama will go on the road to face Ole Miss.

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