(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — Fifteenth ranked Texas A&M took a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, and then held off a late rally as it beat top-ranked Alabama (9-1), 29-24.
The Aggies (8-2) never trailed in the game, but Bama made it close in the fourth quarter. AJ McCarron found receiver Amari Cooper for a 54-yard touchdown pass with 6:09 left in the game. Then McCarron drove Alabama to the Aggies’ two-yard line when he threw a fourth down interception to Deshazor Everett.
Johnny Manziel completed 24 of his 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 92-yards as well.
“I was really concerned about this week. We seemed like we were a little bit out of gas this week,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “Texas A&M is a really good team and they played really well. Their quarterback is a fantastic player. He obviously made some plays that were great plays out there.”
The win was Texas A&M’s first over a top-ranked team since it beat Oklahoma 32-26 in 2002.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire