Bama Outguns Texas A&M in Classic Shootout

Published on 15-Sep-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Bama Outguns Texas A&M in Classic Shootout

The first 'Game of the Century' of this century lived up to the hype, as Alabama outlasted Texas A&M 49-42.

But it didn't start out the way the Crimson Tide would have preferred.

In fact, the game looked like the beginning of last year's contest when A&M jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. But the Tide bounced back in grand fashion, scoring 28 unanswered points with the help of Bama quarterback AJ McCarron, who threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns.

Johnny Football was, well, Johnny Football:

For Manziel, it was just another day of making spectacular plays with his hands and feet, piling up over 500 yards in total offense along with five touchdowns proving that he was no fluke.

The problem was the A&M defense. Yes Manziel put up big numbers against the Bama D, but they made a couple of plays against the Heisman quarterback that was the difference in the ball game.

An early interception in the end zone after the unbelievable play by Manziel (shown above) stopped an Aggies drive, allowing the Tide to get the ball back and score taking a 21-14 lead.

After that, the Alabama never relinquished the lead.

Manziel threw another interception that was returned for a 73-yard touchdown by Vinnie Sunseri, which turned out ot be the difference in the game. For all his greatness, Manziel's interceptions were a major factor in costing his team the victory.

McCarron, on the other hand, was as cool as a cucumber. He never panicked when the Tide got behind early, and when his team needed a touchdown badly to seal the game, it was his on-field leadership that guided Bama to victory against the Aggies. 

We may look back on this day as the point that he saved Alabama's chances of winning their 16th national championship, and third in a row. 

And for Crimson Tide fans, that's all that matters.