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Similar to last season’s meeting, the Aggies jumped all over the Tide from the opening kickoff. Texas A&M looked to be in a strong position to pull off another shocking upset after racing to a 14-0 lead seven minutes into the game.
Manziel dazzled on designed runs, and he made big plays through the air by going down the field—especially when he looked in the direction of receiver Mike Evans.
Manziel rolled up 562 yards of total offense, and Evans torched the Tide’s secondary, making seven catches for 279 yards and a touchdown. Rub your eyes if you would like to, but those numbers are real.
However, the two turnovers the defense was able to force turned out to be the difference in the game.
Corner Cyrus Jones picked off a fade route in the second quarter, and safety Vinnie Sunseri’s nifty 73-yard pick-six gave the Tide a commanding three-touchdown lead early in the second half.
While Saban and Kirby Smart can’t be happy with all of the yards and points the defense allowed, the Tide were still able to make a few key plays at opportune moments that helped them escape with a win.