Alabama's Derrick Henry piled up a career-high 236 yards on 32 carries with a pair of touchdowns in a 41-23 road win over Texas A&M on Saturday, once again putting his stamp on a Crimson Tide offense that has been inconsistent.
Henry, a 245-pound bruiser of a rusher who could be eligible for the NFL draft in either 2016 or 2017, ripped through a porous Aggies defense for 153 yards in the first quarter alone. The Aggies were able to slow Henry in the second half after Crimson Tide senior center Ryan Kelly, a Rimington Award candidate as one of the top centers in college football, was lost for the game due to a concussion.
Henry's effort and three interception returns for touchdowns (all on throws by Aggies QB Kyle Allen) by the Alabama defense was more than enough to keep the Crimson Tide (6-1) in the SEC and College Football Playoff race. UA safety Eddie Jackson set a school record with 119 interception return yards, taking one of his two picks for a 93-yard touchdown.
Freshman Minkah Fitzpatrick recorded two more interceptions and returned both for scores.
While Texas A&M had no answer for Henry, the Aggies were unable to generate a rushing attack of their own. Texas A&M carried 25 times for just 32 yards as a team, just a week after Arkansas managed just 44 rushing yards against perhaps the best defensive front in college football.