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In a game that lived up to the hype in every possible way, Alabama held off Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies by the score of 49-42. The 42 points marked the highest total the Alabama program has ever allowed in victory.
Huge grab by Alabama's Kevin Norwood vs Texas A&M: #SEC pic.twitter.com/Lqh1w63FNSWhile the SEC is traditionally associated with quality defense, the tussle in College Station was the equivalent of utilizing a roll of Brawny to hold back a flood. Make no mistake, a few “game-changing” defensive plays were made, but that was the exception…not the rule.
— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) September 15, 2013
Although the final stats read like an infinite math equation, the overall performances, by both squads, left fans reaching for the blood pressure medication, and possibly a stiff drink. No lead was ever safe, and for a time, it appeared that 49 points still wouldn’t be enough for the Tide.
In what can only be described as an “instant classic,” Alabama earned a hard-fought victory, while answering a slew of questions on the offensive side of the ball.
AJ McCarron, if the nation needed additional proof, is no longer a game manager, but rather a game changer. McCarron continues to carve the Alabama record book like a Thanksgiving turkey, while showing amazing poise and leadership in pressure situations.
Watch: AJ McCarron describes a "unbelievable win" over Texas A&M. http://t.co/nn0pgWpaF4While defense was certainly at a premium, Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri's "pick-six" of A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was certainly one of the biggest "highlights" of the game, and a major turning point in the contest.
— ESPN Alabama (@ESPNAlabama) September 14, 2013
Watch Vinnie Sunseri's interception and touchdown for Alabama: http://t.co/jQDssErbU7 #SEC #BAMAvsTAMUThe Alabama/Texas A&M showdown featured enough magic to make David Copperfield blush, but in the end, Alabama had just enough ability to make the Aggies disappear.
— SEC Sports (@SECSportsUpdate) September 15, 2013
Some people watched...
The TV rating for #BAMAvsTAMU (9.0/21) is CBS's highest-rated afternoon regular-season CFB game in 23 years since 1990 Miami-ND.Twitter Tide
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) September 15, 2013
AJ McCarron shared his thoughts following Alabama's victory over the pesky Aggies.
So proud of my TEAMMATES! I love playing this game with these guys. I love you bama fans too.. The best in the country. #blessed #glorytoGodHa Ha Clinton-Dix, who was on the receiving end of a horrible officiating call (targeting) in the early stages of the game, took a rather "chill" approach to the A&M game and what awaits the 2013 Tide.
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) September 15, 2013
2 in the wagon 12 lagging #RolltideInjury report
— Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (@HaHa_CD6) September 15, 2013
While safety Landon Collins and linebacker Adrian Hubbard both exited the game due to heat related matters, defensive back Deion Belue was the only injury of note. Per Nick Saban, during his postgame presser, Belue's ailment was described as a possible case of turf toe.
Deion Belue has a hurt toe, possibly turf toe, per Nick Saban.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) September 14, 2013