In one of the most anticipated college football meetings in recent memory, A.J. McCarron put on his own Heisman-worthy performance Saturday and Alabama exacted a measure of revenge on Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M with a 49-42 victory.
McCarron completed 20-of-29 passes for a career-high 334 yards and four touchdowns, helping the top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0, 1-0 SEC) gain some payback from last November's 29-22 loss to the Aggies in Tuscaloosa that nearly derailed Alabama's BCS title hopes. T.J. Yeldon did his part as well for the two-time reigning national champions, who scored 35 straight points after spotting sixth-ranked Texas A&M a 14-0 lead and held off a late comeback attempt. The sophomore back accounted for 149 of Alabama's 234 rushing yards and had a touchdown among his 25 carries. Manziel, whose outstanding effort in last year's meeting helped win him the Heisman Trophy, put on another terrific display in the rematch, racking up personal bests of 464 yards and five touchdowns through the air and adding 98 rushing yards. He also threw two costly interceptions, one of which was returned 73 yards for a score by Vinnie Sunseri, that helped seal the Aggies' (2-1, 0-1) fate.