The 'Game of the Century' in college football lived up to its billing as No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 1 Alabama went down to the wire. Johnny Manziel threw 3 TDs in the 4th quarter, but the Aggies came up just short.
For the second straight year, A&M jumped out to an early lead on No. 1-ranked Alabama. But unlike last year, the Crimson Tide came back quickly at Kyle Field.
The Aggies lead 14-0 on a TD pass from QB Johnny Manziel to Cameron Clear, and a 1-yard TD run by Ben Molena.
But it was all 'Bama for the remainder of the first half. AJ McCarron threw 3 TD passes and TJ Yeldon scored on a 4-yard TD run as the Tide took a 28-14 lead at halftime.
The third quarter didn't get off to a good start for the Aggies as a Manziel pass was tipped for a pick-6.
Manziel redeemed himself with a TD throw to Malcome Kennedy, but Kenyan Drake scored 5 minutes later for a 42-21 Alabama lead.
But the Aggies kept chipping away at the lead. Manziel connected with Kennedy again to pull A&M within 2 touchdowns.
Then Manziel hit Mike Evans for a 95-yard TD pass to make it 42-35 with just over 8 minutes to play.
Alabama drove down to the 5-yard line when McCarron passed to Jalston Fowler for a TD on third down and the 49-35 lead.
With only 15 seconds to play, Manziel and Kennedy connected for the third time to make it 49-42.
Alabama then recovered the on-side kick attempt to seal the win.
Manziel was his spectacular self, throwing for a career-high 464 yards and five TDs.
But Alabama's best defense was its offense. The Tide gained 568 yards and kept Manziel on the bench with a couple of long drives.
The Crimson Tide improved to 2-0 on the season while the Aggies dropped to 2-1.
Next up for Texas A&M: SMU at home on Sept. 21.
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