A.J. McCarron passed for four touchdowns and 334 yards as No. 1 University of Alabama defeated sixth-ranked Texas A&M University 49-42 in college football.
The Crimson Tide rallied from being down 14 points in the first 10 minutes of the game when Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel completed a one-yard pass to Cameron Clear for the first of five touchdown passes, and Ben Malena scored on a one-yard run.
In other games involving the top ten teams in the AP Writers’ Poll, it was No. 2 Oregon 59, Tennessee 14; No. 4 Ohio State 52, California 34; No. 5 Stanford 34, Army 20; No. 7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13; No. 8 Louisiana State 45, Kent 13; and No. 10 Florida State 62, Nevada 7.
At Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, McCarron threw touchdown passes of 22, 44 and 51 yards and T.J. Yeldon scored on a four-yard run to give the Crimson Tide a 28-14 halftime lead.
“I’m so proud of our players for the resiliency they showed getting behind 14-0,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters. “Just slowly and methodically coming back in the game and building up the lead.”
Alabama’s Vincent Sunseri started the third quarter with a 73-yard interception return and Kenyan Drake had a three-yard touchdown run as the Crimson Tide (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) expanded their lead to 42-21.
Not Super Bowl
Manziel, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes, including one with 15 seconds left in the game, to bring the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) within one touchdown of Alabama. He completed 28 of 39 passing attempts for 464 yards and two interceptions.
“I thought his play was Johnny-like,” said coach Kevin Sumlin of Manziel. “Anybody who’s seen him play, that’s about right.”
The game was a rematch from last season, when the Aggies handed the Crimson Tide their only loss in a 29-24 contest.
“This wasn’t the Super Bowl,” Manziel said. “Alabama lost a game last year and still went on to win the national championship. Our season isn’t over.”