No. 1 Alabama Survives Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel’s Magic [Video]

No. 1 Alabama hangs on to beat No. 6 Texas A&M in a shootout, 49-42. AJ McCarron passed for 334 yards and 4 TDs in the win.

The most anticipated college football game entering the season was Alabama versus Texas A & M. They entered Saturday’s game ranked 1st and 6th in the country. And the game did not disappoint.  Both teams secured their respective status as college football’s heavyweights.

Johnny Manziel again showed  moments of offensive brilliance, and Texas A&M again built a surprising first-quarter double-digit lead against the national champions.

But Alabama rewrote the rest of the script Saturday, proving to be the more opportunistic, balanced team in a 49-42 victory that earned the No. 1 Crimson Tide a measure of revenge against the sixth-ranked Aggies, writes USA Today.

McCarron and the Tide didn’t take as long to respond this time, ripping off the next 35 points. McCarron tossed three touchdowns in the first half to put Alabama up 28-14. Sunseri’s pick-6 made it 35-14 less than three minutes into the third.

When Alabama wiped out a nearly 14-0 deficit to score 35 straight points, it looked like Texas A&M was going to get run out of its own stadium, which was rocking for what many believe was the biggest home game in Aggies’ history. But Manziel (464 yards passing) would not let his team quit and Mike Evans (seven catches, 279 yards) had a night for the ages.

In the second quarter of Saturday’s Texas A&M-Alabama game in College Station, the Heisman Trophy winner made another Heisman worthy play. On third-and-8, Manziel made an amazing scramble to avoid a sack, maneuvering his way out of the grasp of 290-pound Alabama defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan, and somehow managed to throw the ball nearly 50 yards for a 12-yard gain.

Alabama led by 21, 42-21, late in the third quarter and that is usually enough to make normal opponents pack it in. But the Aggies scored with 15 seconds left to pull within a touchdown. Alabama recovered the onside kick and the Crimson Tide faithful could finally breathe, reports CBS Sports.

Alabama’s best defense was its offense. The Tide gained 568 yards and kept Manziel pacing on the sideline with a couple of long drives.

“With the type of offense A&M has, you have to eat up some clock and pound the ball,” said McCarron, who passed for 334 yards.

“We knew we were going to have play this way on offense to have a chance in this game,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “I didn’t think they were going to score 42 points, but I kind of thought they would score some points and they did.”

Moments after the game in the Texas A&M locker room, coach Kevin Sumlin threw down the narrative for the Aggies moving forward.

“First of all, I am very proud of the effort that we gave against the No. 1 team in the nation,” he said. “Alabama is a very good team and there is a reason they are the defending national champions. Nobody could say that this team quit.”

Manziel only answered questions about the game afterward. He was one of many Aggies reminding everyone what happened to the loser of this matchup last year.

“This wasn’t the Super Bowl,” Manziel said. “Alabama lost a game last year and still went on to win the national championship. Our season isn’t over.”

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