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Alabama’s offensive struggles have Texas A&M alive in the matchup at halftime

Alabama DL Jaheim Oatis (#91) signals a call during first half against Texas A&M
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Alabama had second-year quarterback Jalen Milroe start the matchup against Texas A&M.

The first half was not easy for the native Texan as he totaled 58 passing yards on five of seven completions, but he tossed two touchdowns, including a 35-yarder to Jermaine Burton. Milroe also tossed an interception before halftime. Texas A&M scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, but Alabama has a 17-14 lead at halftime.

Jahmyr Gibbs leads Alabama in rushing with eight carries for 71 yards.

Milroe has nine carries for 69 yards. He got sacked three times, including two that resulted in lost fumbles. Texas A&M won the turnover battle, despite its offensive issues. Brian Branch leads the Tide for tackles (seven) and has a tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Deontae Lawson, a freshman, has four total tackles. He is starting at weakside linebacker in place of Jaylen Moody.

The senior linebacker did not dress out in pregame warmups. Byron Young, a senior defensive end, has four tackles and a pass breakup. Terrion Arnold, a freshman cornerback, posted four tackles and an interception. It was his first career pick.

Chris Braswell and Dallas Turner (two) combine for three sacks. Will Anderson has a team-high four quarterback hurries.

Alabama’s defense allowed two touchdowns to the Aggies in the second quarter, but Texas A&M has 144 yards offensively and averaged 3.6 yards per play. Bill O’Brien and the Crimson Tide’s offense has to make adjustments in the second half.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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