One week after escaping Death Valley with their national title hopes intact, the Alabama Crimson Tide were unable to orchestrate another miracle comeback after falling behind 20-0 in the first quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies.
Alabama fell to the Aggies by a score of 29-24, with a number of self-inflicted wounds in the fourth quarter ultimately damaging their hopes to repeat as national champions.
Faced with another chance to steal a victory away from the jaws of defeat, Tide quarterback AJ McCarron threw his second interception of the game in the end zone on 4th-and-goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Nick Saban’s defense gave up more than 400 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week, and the Tide became the latest SEC power to fall victim to the brilliance of Aggies freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Where did Alabama go wrong in defeat, and what issues will Saban and his staff have to shore up moving forward?
Here are 10 things we learned from the Tide’s loss to Texas A&M.