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                       === Aggies shock No. 1 Alabama ===
 
 Tuscaloosa,  AL  (Sports Network) -  Texas A&M's first-ever trip to Tuscaloosa
 was a memorable one.
 
 Deshazor  Everett picked  off AJ McCarron with over 1 1/2 minutes remaining to
 help  seal  the 15th-ranked Aggies'  29-24 victory over the top-ranked Alabama
 Crimson Tide.
 
 McCarron's  54-yard  touchdown pass to Amari  Cooper with 6:09 to play cut the
 gap to 29-24.
 
 The  Crimson Tide had  a chance to go in front after Texas A&M went three-and-
 out.  Kenny Bell  caught a 54-yard pass on  the first play to move the ball to
 the  six. On 4th-and-goal from the two, McCarron tried to hook up with Bell in
 the  right  side of  the end  zone. Everett,  though, stepped  in front of the
 pass for the interception.
 
 It  seemed like Alabama was going to have one last shot to keep its undefeated
 season  alive. With the  Aggies ready to punt on fourth down, the Crimson Tide
 jumped  offside. Texas A&M was awarded a first down and the Aggies ran out the
 remaining time.
 
 "We jumped offsides on a hard count which is something that you most certainly
 expect  in a situation like that," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "The players
 were  told  'make sure you stay  onsides, they are going  to try to get you to
 jump  offsides  with a  shift  or  a motion  or  something.'  The players  are
 disappointed."
 
 Johnny  Manziel completed 24-of-31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns for
 the  Aggies (8-2,  5-2 SEC), who have won  three in a row. He also carried the
 ball 18 times for 92 yards.
 
 Christine  Michael carried the ball 12 times for 27 yards and two scores. Ryan
 Swope hauled in 11 passes for 111 yards.
 
 "It  is big, for  us and our first year in the league, we haven't talked a lot
 about  it," Texas A&M  coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We are the new guys coming in
 and we have to prove ourselves and we have to continue to prove ourselves week
 in  and week  out. I said all week,  'we have gotten a little bit better every
 week.'  The past two weeks we have played pretty well on the road and our guys
 are  playing with a  lot of confidence. For these guys and this group and what
 they  have accomplished in  10 weeks. From the spring and all the changes they
 have been through, it is a big deal."
 
 McCarron  connected  on 21-of-34 passes  for 309  yards, one touchdown and two
 interceptions  for  the Crimson Tide  (9-1, 6-1), who  were coming off a 21-17
 victory over LSU in a rematch of last season's national championship game.
 
 Eddie  Lacy  carried the ball 16  times for 92  yards and a score for Alabama,
 which  wraps  up the  regular season  with games  against Western Carolina and
 Auburn.
 
 Alabama needed a win on Saturday to clinch the West and get into the SEC title
 game.  The  Crimson Tide  will need  some help if  they want  to return to the
 national  championship game.  Kansas State,  Oregon  and Notre  Dame remained
 unbeaten by winning Saturday.
 
 Trailing  by  six, 23-17, Alabama took  over at its  own 20 with 10 minutes to
 play.  After Cooper caught a 50-yard pass down the right sideline, T.J. Yeldon
 fumbled on the next play and Dustin Harris recovered the ball for Texas A&M.
 
 Manziel  needed  just two  passes to pad  the Aggies' lead.  Swope hauled in a
 42-yard pass along the right sideline to move the ball to the 24. Manziel then
 found  Malcome  Kennedy on the left  side for a touchdown with 8:37 remaining.
 The score remained 29-17 following a failed two-point conversion.
 
 Alabama  failed  to go down without  a fight. On 3rd-and-6, McCarron hooked up
 with a wide-open Cooper down the left sideline for a 54-yard score.
 
 But  in the  end,  McCarron did  not have  a  second consecutive  game-winning
 drive in him.
 
 Texas  A&M stunned  the crowd early on  with 20 unanswered points to start the
 game.  After Alabama went three-and-out, the Aggies put together a 9-play, 73-
 yard  drive. The  big play was a 29-yard  Manziel run that put the ball at the
 14. Michael capped the march with a 1-yard TD run.
 
 On  the  fourth play  of the  ensuing drive, McCarron  was intercepted by Sean
 Porter.  The pick  was made possible due to Howard Matthews' big hit. McCarron
 had  a  streak of 289 attempts  without an interception coming into Saturday's
 contest.
 
 Kenric  McNeal followed  with a 32-yard catch  to put Texas A&M inside the red
 zone. A great individual effort from Manziel led to another touchdown. On 3rd-
 and-goal from the 10, Manziel started to scramble before almost losing control
 of  the  football. He was  able to  keep control and  found Swope wide open in
 the end zone.
 
 The  Crimson  Tide failed to do  anything on offense again, leading to another
 score for the Aggies. Manziel's 32-yard run on third down moved Texas A&M into
 Alabama territory. Thomas Johnson converted the next third down with an 8-yard
 catch. Michael finished the impressive 14-play drive with a 1-yard TD run. The
 score remained 20-0 after Taylor Bertolet missed the extra point.
 
 Facing  their  largest deficit since  2010, the  Crimson Tide finally woke up.
 McCarron and Alabama bridged the first and second quarters with a 13-play, 75-
 yard  drive.  Lacy moved the chains  with a 4-yard catch on 4th-and-4. Michael
 Williams' 20-yard catch set up Yeldon's 2-yard rushing touchdown.
 
 Alabama's  defense  followed with a big  stop, as Manziel was stopped short on
 4th-and-6.  McCarron then put together a 10-play march that included passes of
 18  and 15 yards to Christion Jones and Cooper, respectively. Lacy's 2-yard TD
 run cut the gap to 20-14 with 19 seconds left until half.
 
 The  Crimson Tide continued to chip away at their deficit in the third stanza.
 Jeremy Shelley made a 28-yard field goal to make it 20-17 with 4:56 remaining.
 
 Texas  A&M, however, responded  with a field goal of its own. The Aggies moved
 the  ball  to the Alabama 11-yard  line before settling for a 29-yard Bertolet
 field goal.
 
 It stayed a 23-17 contest after Bertolet missed a 37-yard field goal.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Alabama  holds  a 3-2 series advantage.  Saturday's game was the first between
 the  two  schools since  1988 ...  The Aggies  improved to  2-10 against No. 1
 teams, with the other victory being a 30-26 win over Oklahoma in 2002.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/11 01:55:13 ET

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