Texas A&M shocks top-ranked Alabama

By Mark Dore

The Battalion, Texas A&M U. via UWIRE

No. 15 Texas A&M took a 20-0 first quarter lead on the road against No. 1 Alabama and held on down the stretch for a 29-24 win.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel completed 24 of 21 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and gained 92 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Senior receiver Ryan Swope caught 11 passes for 111 yards and a score.

A&M took a 29-17 lead on a Malcolm Kennedy touchdown grab, but Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron led the Crimson Tide back. Alabama had first-and-goal down 29-24, but the A&M defense held and safety Deshazor Everett intercepted McCarron on fourth down.

It appeared A&M would have to punt the ball with 40 seconds remaining, giving Alabama life. But an Alabama penalty gave the Aggies a first down and Manziel took a knee to complete the win.

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