After the teams traded punts to open the game, Alabama opened the scoring when Minkah Fitzpatrick took an Allen interception 33 yards for a touchdown at the 7:58 mark of the first quarter, and Henry pushed the lead to 14-0 two-and-a-half minutes later with a 55-yard touchdown run.
Taylor Bertolet put the Aggies on the scoreboard with a 54-yard field goal, but Henry answered nine seconds into the second quarter with another scoring plunge, this from six yards out. Texas A&M threatened to get back in the game when, after a 52-yard Bertolet field goal, Allen moved the ball into Alabama territory, but he was again intercepted. Eddie Jackson grabbed the available pigskin and raced it 93 yards for a touchdown, turning a potential 21-13 score to 28-6.
Alabama missed on a chance to fully break the game open, though, and dynamic freshman Christian Kirk capitalized with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown with 3:03 to go before the half.
Henry rushed 15 times for 178 yards and two scores in the half, and Jake Coker complimented him by completing 9-of-12 throws for 65 yards. Kenyan Drake left the game with an apparent leg injury.
The Aggies’ offense struggled mightily in the half. Allen connected on only 12-of-24 throws for 135 yards with a pair of interceptions while Tra Carson led the Aggies’ ground efforts with 10 carries for only 30 yards.
Bertolet missed a 55-yard try as time expired in the half.
Alabama will receive to open the second half.