But the Crimson Tide came back to score 35 unanswered points and then held on for a 49-42 win over the Aggies. A.J. McCaron passed for 334 yards and 4 TDs to lead the Tide.
Johnny Manziel was spectacular, passing for 464 yards and 5 TDs and rushing for another 98 yards, but suffered two critical interceptions.
Texas A&M opened up the game on fire with TD drives of 84 and 59 yards.
Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and on its first play from scrimmage, Johnny Manziel scrambled for 12 yards. Manziel completed passes of 32 and 35 yards to Mike Evans, before Manziel threw a 1-yard TD pass to tight end Cameron Clear for the first score of the came.
After the Aggie defense forced Alabama three and out on its first possession forcing a Tide punt, Manziel scrambled twice for 24 yards before connecting against with Mike Evans, this for 34 yards to the Alabama 1-yard line. Ben Malena ran over from the 1-yard line to give Texas A&M an early14-0 lead with 7:47 still to go in the first quater.
Alabama responded quickly, dirving 75 yards in 6 plays, with A.J. McCaron throwing a 22-yard tuchdown pass to Kevin Norwood to cut the Aggie lead to 14-7.
The Aggies fumbled the ensuing kickoff but recovered at their 2-yard line. Texas A&M drove to the Alabama 34-yard line before Mike Evans was flagged for pass interference and the Aggies were forced to punt.
Alabama drove 80 yards in 6 play, with A.J. McCaron throwing a 44-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White to tie the game at 14 less than a minute into the second quarter.
The Aggies used ten plays for methodically drive down the field and looked about to regain the lead when facing 2nd-and-goal from the Alabama 4-yard line a Johnny Manziel pass intended for Jaquay Williams in the endzone was intercepted by Bama cornerback Cyrus Jones for a touchback.
It took Alabama just 4 plays to take advantage of the Aggie turnover, as A.J. McCaron threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Bell to give the Tide their first lead of the game, 21-14, at the 8:55 mark in the second quarter.
Texas A&M went three and out but a 50-yard Drew Kaser punt left Alabama setting up from their 7-yard line. The Tide mounted an 11-play, 93-yard scoring drive, with T.J. Yeldon scoring on a 4-yard run to open up a 28-14 lead for Alabama with under a minute left in the first half.
The Aggies drove into Alabama territory before first half time expired with Texas A&M trailing Alabama by a score of 28-14.
Alabama received the opening kickoff of the second half with an opportunity to widen their lead over the Aggies. But the Aggie defense came up big, forcing a Bama three and out. However, the Aggies could not take advantage of the defensive stop, as a Johnny Manziel pass was intercepted by Vinnie Sunseri and returned 73 yards for an Alabama touchdown that gave the tide a 21-point lead, 35-14, less than two minutes into the second half.
The Aggies would not quit, driving 58 yards in 9 plays, with Johnny Manziel throwing a 14-yard touchdown to Malcolme Kennedy, that cut the Tide lead to 35-21 with 9:33 left in the third quarter.
Alabama responded by mounting their own 10-play, 93-yard drive, with Kenyon Drake scoring on a 3-yard run to restore Alabama's 21-point lead, 42-21, at the 4:16 mark in the third quarter.
After an exchange of punts, early in the fourth quarter, the Aggies struck quickly, going 80 yards on 4 plays, with Johnny Manziel tossing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Malcolme Kennedy which reduced Bama's lead to 42-28.
On their next possession, McCaron threw a 26-yard pass to DeAndrew White, before six straight T.J. Yeldon runs gave Alabama 2nd-and-goal at the Aggie 1-yard line. Bama attempted another Yeldon run up the middle, but the Aggie defense stuffed it, forcing a Yeldon fumble that Aggie linebacker Shann Washington recovered at the Aggie 4-yard line.
Facing a 3rd-and-9 from their 5-yard line, Johnny Manziel found a streaking Mike Evans down the sideline and Evans broke free to score a 95-yard touchdown which cut the Alabama lead to just 7, 42-35, with 8:04 left in the game.
Alabama mounted a time-consuming 9-play, 65-yard drive, in which facing 3rd-and-goal from the Aggie 5-yard line, A.J. McCaron rolled out and hit an open Jalston Fowler for a touchdown to restore Alabama's 14-point liead, 49-35, with just 2:38 to go in the game.
The Aggies kept fighting, with Johnny Manziel leading a 10-play, 75-yard driving consuming just 2:13 of clock, with Manziel throwing a 4-yard touchdown to Malcolme Kennedy that left Alabama holding a slim 49-42 lead with 15 seconds left in the game.
Texas A&M had one last chance, needing to recover an on-side kick, but Alabama recovered and ran out the clock to escape College Station with a 49-42 win over Texas A&M.
Statistically, Texas A&M outgained Alabama in total yards, 628 to 568, and tied the Tide in first downs at 31. Texas A&M passes for 464 yards and rushed for 164 yards while Alabama passed for 334 yards and rushed for 234 yards. The difference in the game proved to be the two turnovers by Texas A&M, with Alabama only having 1 turnover.
Johnny Manziel was spectacular, throwing passes to 10 diffferent Aggies in completing 28 of 39 passes for 464 yards and 5 TDs with the 2 INTs, and rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries, but suffered the two critical interceptions. Mike Evans was Manziel's favorite target with a career day, catching 7 passes for 279 yards and 1 TD. Manziel also completed 6 passes for Malcolme Kennedy for 55 yards and 3 TDs and and 5 passes for Derel Walker for 66 yards. Ben Malena rushed for 42 yards and 1 TD on 11 carries and caught 3 passes for 26 yards.
For Alabama, A.J. McCaron completed 20 of 29 passes for 334 yards and 4 TDs. T.J. Yeldon rushed for 149 yards and 1 TD ion 25 carries. Leading Tide receivers were DeAndrew White with 4 passes for 82 yards and 1 TD, O.J. Howard with 3 catches for 68 yards, Kevin Norwood with 3 catches for 52 yards and 1 TD, and Kenny Bell with 1 51-yard TD catch. Star receiver Amari Cooper was held to 2 catches for 34 yards.
It was an epic game, in front of the second largest crowd in Kyle Field history.
Texas A&M showed that last year was no fluke, opening up an early lead over No 1 Alabama, rolling up 628 yards on what is supposed to be the best defense in the country, and coming back to threaten the Tide.
Texas A&M now looks to regroup from the highs and disappointment of this Alabama game, when the Aggies host SMU next Saturday night.