The most anticipated game of the year certainly lived up to the hype. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies came out strong and hit Alabama early with two quick touchdowns to start the game, but ‘Bama responded with 35 straight points and held on during a late A&M comeback, eventually avenging their only loss from last season with a 49-42 victory.
After getting shell-shocked to start the first quarter, Alabama was able to keep the reigning Heisman trophy winner in check and put up 28 unanswered points to end the first half, including this nifty flea-flicker.
Well, somewhat in check. Johnny Football was able to pull off this ridiculous play that will more than likely be on every highlight show tomorrow even though it only ultimately gained 12 yards:
Just when it seemed as though the Crimson Tide were going to run away with the game in the 4th, the Aggies forced a fumble on their own goal line, allowing Manziel to hit receiver Mike Evans for a 95 yard touchdown pass. And just like that, Texas A&M was back in it, only down by seven with just over eight minutes to go.
But Alabama had an answer of their own, driving down the field and eating up nearly six minutes of game clock on their way to a play-action touchdown pass by A.J. “The Game Manager” McCarron to put the Tide up 49-35. Manziel — who finished with 464 yards passing, 5 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and 98 yards rushing — led a last minute touchdown drive, scoring with 15 seconds left on the clock. But it turned out to be a little too late, as ‘Bama was able to recover the onside kick and walk away with the victory, which Nick Saban declared “took 10 years off my life.” And the Tide keep on rolling.