- Created on Saturday, 10 November 2012 20:44
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
Just in case there was still a single college football fan that believed the Aggies would not be able to compete in the SEC, Texas A&M did the only thing they could do to convert any remaining non-believers:
They beat the hell out of Alabama, 29-24, in Tuscaloosa.
In what was one of the most exciting games of the year, the Aggies wasted no time letting the Crimson Tide know they came to play with touchdowns on their first three drives. However, the Crimson Tide did what defending champions do and closed the gap to 20-14 before the end of the half.
Early in the second half A&M fans likely started feeling a little déjà vu coming on. Just like in the season opener against Florida and more recently against LSU the offense came out flat and had a hard time moving the ball (six plays for -6 yards on their first two drives). When Alabama kicked a field goal with right around five minutes left in the third to close the gap to 20-17 it appeared as if the momentum was now with the Crimson Tide.
That is, until Johnny “Football” Manziel and the Wrecking Crew took over the game.
"No moment is too big for him," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said after the game. "He gives our players a sense that we can score from anywhere."
A 16-play, 63-yard drive stretched the lead back out to six, 23-17. After the defense forced a three and out and the Aggies missed a field goal the stage was set for A.J. McCarron to lead Alabama back much like he did a week earlier against LSU. When he threw a 50-yard completion to Amari Cooper the Tide Faithful smelled another dramatic comeback.
The A&M playmakers were not done playing yet. Defensive back Steven Terrell ended stopped Alabama’s next drive with a forced fumble. Two plays later Manziel through a strike to Malcome Kennedy in the back of the end zone to give the Aggies a 29-17 lead.
It wasn’t done yet though. On the next drive McCarron once again hooked up with Cooper for a 54-yard touchdown to close the gap to 29-24. The ‘Bama defense did their part forcing the Aggies into a three and out on their next drive.
Only up by five and with a clutch quarterback in McCarron in the zone it was not looking good for the Aggies. When McCarron tossed another 54-yard pass to get the Tide down to the six-yard line A&M fans everywhere felt their hearts hit the floor.
Until Deshazor Everett intercepted McCarron—the second interception and third turnover of the day for A&M—giving the ball back to the Aggies with 96 ticks left on the clock.
Alabama still wasn’t done. They appeared to have the Aggies stopped at the 13-yard line, and were set to get the ball back with 40 seconds left on the clock. With three 50+ yard pass plays in the fourth quarter Alabama was not out of it yet. However, after a penalty on fourth down gave Texas A&M a first they were.
“We knew we’d have our hands full,” said A&M receiver Ryan Swope.
The win will definitely vault the Aggies into the top 10 of the BCS standings, and with only Sam Houston State and Missouri left the Aggies will likely be headed to their second BCS bowl in school history.