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Alabama survives roller coaster ride with Texas A&M, 49-42

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Texas A&M started on a high note but hit the high C just a tad early against the top-ranked Alabama. Alabama calmed down and took firm control on the road of one of the most anticipated games of the season, but had to hang on for a 49-42 victory. They certainly had to breathe a sigh of relief after this one.

Alabama showed the poise of a champion, which should be expected when Nick Saban is the head coach and AJ McCarron is the quarterback. Down 14-0 after two offensive drives by Texas A&M, McCarron and Alabama went to work to claw back in to the game and they did so masterfully. Alabama scored four touchdowns before halftime and they did so only entering the red zone once. McCarron connected on big touchdown plays with Kevin Norwood (22 yards), DeAndrew White (44 yards) and Kenny Bell (51 yards) and T.J. Yeldon punched one in from the goal line on the only red zone opportunity for Alabama in the first half. Alabama had taken full control of the game, with the defense doing their part to not allow Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel from going off. Manziel had his moments that baffle the eyes, but he also had his negative moments. Manziel threw one interception in the end zone and had another returned by Vinnie Sunseri for a touchdown early in the third quarter (GIF via SB Nation). Sunseri’s pick-six gave Alabama a 35-14 lead.

Texas A&M did put up a fight in the fourth quarter to make things somewhat interesting. The defense forced a fumble by Yeldon in a goal line stand and boy did the Aggies capitalize. Manziel dropped back and unloaded a deep pass down the left side of the field to Mike Evans, who separated from his defender and dashed down field for a 95-yard touchdown to bring the Aggies within one score, down 42-35.

Showing the composure of a proven winner, Alabama stormed right back down field on their ensuing possession. Alabama marched right down to the five yard line. After a timeout, Alabama went to a play-action pass and McCarron completed a pass to Jalston Fowler for the score. It was just the second catch of the year for Fowler and it put Alabama up two scores with just under two and a half minutes to play. Texas A&M did manage one more late touchdown to make it a seven-point game, but Alabama recovered the ensuing onside kick to cement the hard-fought victory.

Now the question becomes who out there can beat Alabama? The Tide have shown some cracks in their first two games but are now 2-0 and remain the team to beat. Do we now look ahead to November 9 when LSU visits Alabama, or is there another team on Alabama’s schedule capable of pulling the upset? If it was not Texas A&M, who could it be?

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53 Responses to “Alabama survives roller coaster ride with Texas A&M, 49-42”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Sep 14, 2013 7:22 PM

    Just a few words for all the prophets, palm readers, haters, etc. that predicted BAMA would loose and to all the Aggie fans:

    ROLL TIDE!!!

  2. furnzilla says: Sep 14, 2013 7:24 PM

    dhardy8207 says:
    Sep 14, 2013 7:22 PM
    Just a few words for all the prophets, palm readers, haters, etc. that predicted BAMA would loose and to all the Aggie fans:

    ROLL TIDE!!!
    To all the prophets who predicted a Bama fan would spell lose wrong, way to go!

  3. mauldawg says: Sep 14, 2013 7:25 PM

    Poor little Johnny football. To bad he couldn’t buy this game. Wonder how much money he made off this game? Hope he never wins another game. College football would be better off he he wasn’t around.

  4. normtide says: Sep 14, 2013 7:29 PM

    The offense might be alright. Great game aggies, roller coaster is a great word for it. Roll Tide

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 14, 2013 7:31 PM

    If you told me before the game started that Manziel would have almost 600 yards of offense and 5 TDs I would have said not only did we win… we rolled.

    But then enter that PATHETIC excuse of a defense. They got just destroyed on the line of scrimmage play in and play out.

    It sucks that we had OUTSTANDING performances by Manziel and Mike Evans and just wasted them.

    The two picks were really the difference in the game. First one took 7 off the board and second one added 7 the other way.

    Great game, fun to watch. Congrats to Bama.

  6. herrcules13 says: Sep 14, 2013 7:35 PM

    mauldawg: Johnny Football MAKES college football interesting. You watched, right?

  7. dcroz says: Sep 14, 2013 7:37 PM

    Alabama played what may be the best defense on their regular season schedule (LSU remains to be seen) in the first game and what is undoubtedly the best offense they will face in the second. Despite bad offensive play two weeks ago and bad defensive play overall today (some great plays including the two picks that decided the game, but over 600 yards total offense…even if it was against Johnny Football?) the Tide survived both. So, there is certainly vulnerability, but who can take advantage? We’ll get a better idea about what Ole Miss is all about after their game with the “other” Texas team tonight, but after Tennessee’s shellacking by Oregon today and Arkansas’s rather pedestrian play against light opposition, the only two teams I see that could pose a challenge are LSU and Auburn. LSU is, of course, obvious. Auburn, meanwhile, could be really dangerous because they take the Iron Bowl much more seriously than ‘Bama does when the Tide is looking ahead to the SEC Championship Game the following week. They came very close to ruining ‘Bama’s party in 2009, and while they’ve not had the players to do it the last two years, they can cause the Tide fits if Alabama is not focused going into Jordan-Hare.

    Ultimately, though, the one team that has the best chance of beating Alabama…is Alabama. Can the Tide remain focused to avoid the upset this season…and considering how weak the schedule looks at this point, I wouldn’t count on Alabama overcoming a loss to get to Pasadena this year the way it has done the past two times around.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 14, 2013 7:40 PM

    Bama v Oregon in the BCSCG….

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 14, 2013 7:45 PM

    By the way…. I thought this game was WAY overhyped but honestly it might have lived up to it…. Wasn’t really a back and forth battle but more of a game of swings.

    Aggies owned the first few minutes. Bama dominated the 2nd and 3rd qtrs and Aggies made a furious come back only to come up short….

    Great game.

  10. bucrightoff says: Sep 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    The end zone pick was brutal and obviously was the difference. Alabama took the momentum and ran with and before you knew it they were up 21. The reason Saban and Bama dominate has more to do with the consistently awesome offensive lines than the defenses.

  11. cometkazie says: Sep 14, 2013 7:49 PM

    Most entertaining game I’ve seen in a while.

    I love college football!

  12. Mythirien says: Sep 14, 2013 7:49 PM

    Oh, this game. I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest from the nerves. It was a great game and a good effort from both teams. I am definitely happy that Bama snagged the W and am even happier for Johnny Ego to receive a good old-fashioned humblin’.

  13. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:04 PM

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  14. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Sep 14, 2013 8:07 PM

    Do you guys think Texas a’m can still make it to the championship game? Just wondering because I’m not a huge college football fan but that was a unbelievable game

  15. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Sep 14, 2013 8:07 PM

    Do you guys think Texas a’m can still make it to the championship game? Just wondering because I’m not a huge college football fan but that was a unbelievable game

  16. dcroz says: Sep 14, 2013 8:08 PM


    Do you call it that because you bleed when you poop after getting sodomized by a pig? You know that’s not healthy.

  17. harleyspoon says: Sep 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    I see a lot of low class Alabama “White Trash” mouthing off in here…I’m not an Aggie fan but I recognize when kids are selling out to win…These Bama Trash don’t realize that the Number 1 team in the nation and the reigning National Champ ought not be on the verge of getting their asses beat in the 4th quarter by a team the who SEC fanatics were sure couldn’t stay on the field with any SEC team…ever!! I’d say that idiotic idea has be put to least in the minds of thinking people..

  18. overratedgators says: Sep 14, 2013 8:12 PM

    Finally, a “game of the century” that lived up to billing. I had no dog in that fight, but man, what a fun game to watch.

  19. mstiger1 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:14 PM

    It’s a good thing for Bama that they have such a powder puff schedule. They don’t look like a Championship team so far. LSU “rolls” in Tuscaloosa in November.

  20. harleyspoon says: Sep 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    Hey, Mytherion, how many yards did Johnny Ego throw for today against the Number 1 Team…I wouldn’t call that a big time “humblin’….and most intelligent people wouldn’t either!!

  21. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    Buckeyes will beat those chumps in the championship game

  22. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    @harleyspoon …

    I know most of the commenters on this blog, and so far, only four Bama fans have posted on this thread. None of them has mouthed off in an ungracious way. In fact, a couple of them have congratulated the Aggies on a great game–as I was about to do before stumbling across your rant. Bigotry is ugly no matter where it’s targeted. I am a diehard football fan but can’t imagine spewing that kind of hate over anything, least of all athletics. And it doesn’t involve any “thinking” at all. What a sad little bad sport you are.

  23. harleyspoon says: Sep 14, 2013 8:23 PM

    Go back and read some of those Bama comments…I only respond to those who have been trashy…and if the shoe fits, they need to wear..If not, they don’t!!

  24. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 8:23 PM

    Bear Bryant would have been proud of both his former teams today. Thankful the Tide rolled, but that was close!

    Congrats to the Aggies on a hard-fought game. Not a big fan of Manziel’s, but he’s a tough, wiley QB and never gave up. Very proud of AJ’s poise throughout. Both defenses had their hands full!

    Like most people, I thought this matchup was somewhat overhyped, but the game actually lived up to the hoopla. Wouldn’t mind seeing one like that every week–as long as my team isn’t in it LOL

  25. cometkazie says: Sep 14, 2013 8:24 PM

    Right, again, Deb.

    Two top notch teams playing a very entertaining game and the better team won.

  26. canetic says: Sep 14, 2013 8:32 PM

    Isn’t Alabama supposed to have a good defense? 42 points? Lol. SEC myth busted, again.

  27. Mythirien says: Sep 14, 2013 8:56 PM

    “harleyspoon says: Sep 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    Hey, Mytherion, how many yards did Johnny Ego throw for today against the Number 1 Team…I wouldn’t call that a big time “humblin’….and most intelligent people wouldn’t either!!”

    You don’t think one can be humbled from a loss? The context of my use of the phrase was in relation to the loss itself, not necessarily that they were taken out behind the woodshed. We all know it wasn’t like that. Not once did I say that A&M and Manziel didn’t play a good game. They played a darn good game and were close to making the comeback, especially if there had been more time left on the clock.

  28. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 9:38 PM

    ROFL … canetic, you had to work to come up with that! SEC myth busted? No one’s ever said SEC defenses wouldn’t struggle with tough SEC offenses :)

  29. bamasleeper13 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:58 PM

    What a game! Congrats to my Tide although it was a nail biter! I don’t like Johnny Football as a person but what a player. The kid is short of amazing! The Aggies should be proud, hard fought game! ROLL TIDE!

  30. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 14, 2013 9:59 PM

    One word


    Manziel was Manziel

    Bama grew up and the Tide rolled.

    A&M was superb and with as many freshmen and sophomores A&M played, they are going to be a force nationally.

    A&M was very gracious in losing and even better hosts.


  31. harleyspoon says: Sep 14, 2013 10:36 PM

    A&M’ offense is just typical of a Big12 offense…and al I heard last year from SEC’r’s was they just don’t play defense in the Big12…I’ve been watching SEC football all day and I haven’t seen a hell of a lot of good defense against that “tough” TEXAS A&M OFFENSE…

  32. cometkazie says: Sep 14, 2013 10:39 PM

    Deb and fellows, you can see who the real fans are.

  33. dkhhuey says: Sep 14, 2013 11:11 PM

    Flipped into the game once in a while but just couldn’t stomach the Johnny Autograph over coverage enough to watch the entire game!

    Nicely done Bama!!!

  34. Anoesis says: Sep 15, 2013 1:54 AM

    A thirteen touchdown shootout isn’t what one thinks of when watching the SEC. My prediction of a 42-14 ‘Bama win didn’t take into account the simple fact that Manziel might be a douche, but that boy can play. Very entertaining game.

  35. sabatimus says: Sep 15, 2013 1:57 AM

    You’re still an asshole! You’re still an asshole!

  36. kalynp says: Sep 15, 2013 2:27 AM

    watching the game I started to think about Bama’s recent defense players and how they seemed to not only stop passes but catch some too…the next play we had the interception in the end zone and the game and the approach started to shift…glad I wasn’t the only one thinking it!! Roll Tide!

  37. patall24 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:34 AM

    Love when people talk about are weak schedule but I guess people don’t watch towards the end of the year when we beat the #2 team in the BCS and play and win the sec championship game which is usually a team ranked in the top 5. And talk trash about are defense playing the Aggies who have arguably one of the top 3 best offenses in college football. Take your two cents and post it elsewhere.

  38. charliekennedy2013 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:53 AM

    Alabama played a great game and made fewer mistakes than A&M. A&M played a good game and hung in there despite the mistakes they made.

    Alabama’s football team has strength in all areas especially their offensive line. The Aggies have talent too but they need a few more games and some work on their defense.

    I still think the Aggies should be proud of their performance against the #1 team in the nation. Despite being down by 21 points, the Aggies never gave up.

    Manziel and Evans really made things really interesting for A&M. AJ McCarron and the entire Tide offense played great.

    Nicely done Tide!

    Gig’em Aggies.

  39. saragrace88 says: Sep 15, 2013 5:57 AM

    Hard fought game that came down to the last 15 minutes of the game. Mistakes were made on both side, but it was only week 3. Bama had 10 months and 2 full weeks to prepare. Ags were coming off 2 weeks of playtime. This was Saban’s first visit to C-Stat I’m almost 100% sure he wasn’t prepared for what he found. The 12th Man and loudest stadium in the country. Good game.

    Gig ‘Em Ags :)

  40. dhardy8207 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:34 AM

    “To all the prophets who predicted a Bama fan would spell lose wrong, way to go!”

    One who is above error and so quick to critique grammar errors must surely hold an important position in life….

    If pointing out that a blog is not perfect stroked your feelings about that game then I’m glad I could provide you a little outlet for your frustration….You have a swell day now!!

  41. cometkazie says: Sep 15, 2013 9:01 AM

    Ole Miss didn’t do too badly against UT either.

    In Austin, too.

  42. jason1214 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    Great game. Aggie fans should be proud, one or two stops and they win. RTR
    Get a clue, Manziel would put up that yardage and points against 100% of Div-1 defenses.

  43. harleyspoon says: Sep 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    SEC has 3 great teams (Bama, LSU, A&M (maybe) and maybe one more really good team (SC) but the rest of the conference is just good but nothing to die for….

    Only one state in the SEC has more than 2-3 good teams year in and year out (Florida–Fla, Miami [once in awhile], FSU [once in awhile]..[Miami and FSU aren’t in the SEC]) and a few of the rest of the states only have 1 really good team…Bama (A+), Ole Miss (B+ just lately), SC (A-), Ga (B+ up and down), LSU (A-)….Tennessee (Tenn D+ & Vandy C+) has no really good teams this year…Arkansas has an average (C) team…Kentucky has a good team (B+) but it ain’t in the SEC. Missouri is below average…(C-)

  44. timh1955 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:34 AM

    Bama and A&M are the two best teams in the country. This was like watching the National Championship in September instead of January.

  45. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 10:23 AM

    One thing I learned this weekend as an Aggie fan… If we can put up 42 on Bama, we should be able to outscore just about everyone else we’re going to see this year.

    2. Mike Evans is a beast and a legit Bilitnikof contender.

    3. If our defense keeps playing like this, Johnny Manziel may win another Heisman because he is going to have to put up stupid numbers like this every week.

  46. jjsooner says: Sep 18, 2013 9:38 AM

    Ok enough of the Manziel hype. Yes he’s a good player and yes he made a difference. BUT he went head-to-head with McCarron and lost. He couldn’t keep up and his mistakes lost the game. Get over it Aggie nuts. He (McCarron) beat you at your crib at your own game. Manziel will last all of 2 games in the NFL and someone will clock him back to reality and IR. He’s a better cheater than player anyway. Coach Sumlin will be better off when that piece of garbage is gone. Go ahead and take that punk attitude to the NFL and let’s see how long he lasts.
    Bama is just better and so is McCarron.

    How’d that 12th man crap work for you Aggs??!!

  47. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 19, 2013 5:19 PM

    How’d your Sooners like him last year when they got a good look at a “good player”?

  48. jjsooner says: Sep 20, 2013 12:30 PM

    Lol yep he ate the defense up no doubt and he deserved the Heisman but McCarron, in a different way, is a better QB and has way better credetials, except the Heisman. If not for a fumble on the A&M goal line, the score would have been much worse. My issue with him was his behavior AFTER the Heisman. If it walks like a punk, talks like a punk and cheats like a punk, its probably a punk.

    Oh and I see you’re some sort of Texas fan. Sux for you. OU has owned teams from Texas for the last 10 years, regardless of the school.

  49. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 4:07 PM

    I’m an Aggie and I have always had respect for OU as a program… especially the way they handle the Horns year in and year out.

    And over the years you have owned most Texas schools…. you got owned in January though…. no ifs ands or buts about it.

  50. jjsooner says: Sep 20, 2013 5:00 PM

    Yes indeed we did. I believe I said that. I’ve always like A&M and Coach Sumlin is outstanding. My problem is Manziel and how he behaves or more appropriately, doesn’t behave. As in virtually no class. He’s a punk and most of the nation agrees. There’s no doubt he’s got talent, but you have to have some class and maturity and I think you probably agree whether you’ll admit it or not. Its ok, we’ll see you again I’m sure :-)

    Oh and yes, I do hate UT:-)

  51. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 21, 2013 2:28 PM


    Manziel is a 21 year old college student. If Manziel was a 40 or 50 year old college football coach chasing
    college coeds, then I ‘d have a problem. Oh,wait!, as a Sooner you know all about class since Barry Switzer never chased young tail in Norman, did he?


  52. jjsooner says: Sep 21, 2013 11:17 PM

    Did you say something? Who the hell here said anything about chasing anyone. Soooo at 21 and in the brightest lights in CFB, you’re ok with him being a punk and a cheat? STFU. You may go now.

  53. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 25, 2013 7:14 PM

    Must have hit a nerve about Switzer chasing young tail while coaching at OU. Where is the proof Manziel cheated? None. The slime autograph brokers have crawled back under the rock where you live.

    Face it Manziel OWNED your ass in the Cotton Bowl and you can’t face the fact that Texas may suck, but OU swallows,

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