TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa heaved his first pass to a diving DeVonta Smith in the end zone for a touchdown.
The 30-yarder wasn't a replay of their winning connection in the national championship game, but it did set the stage for No. 1 Alabama's 45-23 victory over No. 22 Texas A&M on Saturday. The game was close for a while before turning into yet another Crimson Tide romp.
"We knew coming into this game it would be a 60-minute dogfight, and that's kind of what it was," tailback Damien Harris. "They played us close in the first half but we knew if we just kept grinding away, that eventually we'd be able to pull away."