Sunday, September 15, 2013

College Station Classic: Alabama 49 Texas A&M 42

Alabama has won the College Station track meet. Please stand for the gold medal presentation, followed by the national anthem.

Or something like that…

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.
While 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.

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.
While 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.
The 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.

Some people watched...
Twitter Tide

AJ McCarron shared his thoughts following Alabama's victory over the pesky Aggies.
Ha 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.
Injury report

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.
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