The Aggies were coming off a close 28-26 loss to the third-ranked Clemson Tigers, which got them in the Top 25, but Kellen Mond could not help keep his team in it, as they dropped to 2-2. Tagovailoa completed 22-of-30 passes for Alabama, and helped his team score 10 points in the final 1:09 of the first half to hold a 31-13 lead at halftime.
Mond completed 16-of-33 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown, although, he was intercepted twice in the loss. The Aggies' quarterback faced pressure all night, getting sacked seven times, and was intercepted on his first throw of the game. Texas A&M will most likely drop back out of the rankings as they get ready to visit Arkansas next week. Alabama will stay home to host Louisiana-Lafeyette in a non-conference matchup next week.
Meanwhile, the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes celebrated having head coach Urban Meyer back from suspension on Saturday with a 49-6 rout of Tulane at home. Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw for 304 yards in five touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Buckeyes improved to 4-0 on the year. Meyer returned from a three-game suspension due to him covering up his former assistant coach's domestic violence issues.
The head coach missed out on blowouts of Oregon State and Rutgers, followed by an impressive win over No. 15 TCU last week. Co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was the interim head coach in Meyer's absence.
The third-year sophomore quarterback Haskins completed 21-of-24 passes before sitting out for the entire second half. He is near the top in the country with 16 touchdown passes this season, and is on pace to break J.T. Barrett's program record of 35 in a season. That mark was set last year and he can inch closer next week in a top-10 showdown with No. 10 Penn State. Tulane will play host to Memphis in Week 5.