The Alabama Crimson Tide headed into Saturday’s game against No. 15 Texas A&M as the top-ranked team in the country. Sixty minutes later, it was all over but the crying as the Aggies handed the Tide their first loss of the season.
Johnny “Football” Manziel and the Aggies were quick out of the blocks with the freshman quarterback leading A&M to a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Tide fought back, closing to within three in the third but a 29-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet early in the fourth quarter put the Aggies back up by six.
Alabama had a chance to go ahead two drives later, but a fumble by freshman running back T.J. Yeldon put the ball back in Manziel’s capable hands. Two plays later, A&M took a 29-17 lead.
Alabama answered on the next drive with quarterback A.J. McCarron connecting with Amari Cooper for a touchdown. The extra point by Jeremy Shelley was good, putting the Tide within five at 29-24 with just over six minutes left to play.
The Alabama defense did what it could to give the Tide the chance to win by forcing a quick three and out. The Tide offense managed to drive the ball to the Texas A&M 2-yard line before tragedy struck for their national championship hopes in the form of an Aggies interception. The Aggies would go on to win 29-24.
The Tide (9-1, 6-1) still has a chance at the SEC championship and can clinch the West on Nov. 24 against Auburn. First though, the Tide will host Western Carolina on Nov. 17.
The Aggies (8-2, 5-2) host Sam Houston State next week before finishing out the season against SEC-rival Missouri.
In other SEC action:
Arkansas 20, No. 8 South Carolina 38 – Arkansas started strong, but proved to be no match for Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks. South Carolina improved to 8-2 after turning an 11-point halftime lead into a rout. “I think the last time we beat them (George W.) Bush was the president,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said according to the Log Cabin Democrat. “It was four years ago, I know that. It’s been a long time. They are not quite the team they have been in the past.” The Razorbacks, now at 4-6 overall, must win games against two ranked teams -- Mississippi State on Nov. 17 and LSU on Nov. 23 -- to be bowl eligible. The Gamecocks Host Wofford next week before finishing the regular season at Clemson on Nov. 24.
Missouri 51, Tennessee 48 – The Volunteers (4-6, 0-6) remain winless in the SEC, but certainly not for lack of trying. It took four overtime periods for Mizzou (5-5, 2-5) to secure its second SEC win of the season. “After the defense has kept Missouri in several games this season, the offense made plays to win this game,” the Missourian reported. Next week, Missouri hosts Syracuse and Tennessee travels to Vanderbilt.
University of Louisiana Lafayette 20, No. 6 Florida 27 – The Gators (9-1, 7-1) prevailed after a nail-biter in the Swamp Saturday. The Ragin’ Cajuns led 20-13 early in the forth. Florida tied the game at 20-all before scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just two seconds left on the clock. “The Gators were coming off eight consecutive games against SEC foes and were supposed to get a break against a middle-of-the-pack team from the Sun Belt Conference. Louisiana-Lafayette was a 27-point underdog, was paid $950,000 to be Florida's homecoming opponent,” the Daytona News Journal reported. The Gators host Jacksonville State next week before closing out the regular season against Florida State in Tallahassee.
No. 5 Georgia 38, Auburn 0 – The Dawgs (9-1, 7-1) clinched the SEC East Saturday with a 38-0 blowout of the Auburn Tigers (2-8, 0-7). “The Georgia Bulldogs are now a virtual lock to appear in a BCS bowl game, and not that much has to happen for them to be a one-loss team in the national title game,” according to the Bleacher Report. Georgia hosts Georgia Southern next week and the Tigers play host to Alabama A&M.
No. 21 Mississippi State 17, No. 7 LSU 37 – After last week’s devastating loss to Alabama, LSU (8-2, 4-2) was looking for redemption and they got it against Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3). “The question was whether this football team was going to come to play after playing an emotional game a week ago," LSU Coach Les Miles told the Times-Picayune. "There's no question they were. There's a fundamental feeling in this building, this stadium and this football program that we're just catching speed, just getting the pace that we need. We're not going to sacrifice our improvement based on the fact we played a tough team." Up next for the Bulldogs is a trip to Starkville to face the embattled Razorbacks. LSU will host Ole Miss.
Vanderbilt 27, Ole Miss 26 – Vanderbilt (6-4, 4-3) became bowl eligible with Saturday’s 1-point win over the Ole Miss Rebels (5-5, 2-4). “Vanderbilt may choose to ignore the bowl talk, but there is no ignoring the little piece of history the Commodores made with a huge comeback on Saturday night in Mississippi,” USA Today reported. “Vanderbilt rallied from 17 points down early in the third quarter and secured a bowl berth in consecutive seasons for the first time with a 27-26 win over Ole Miss before a sellout crowd of 60,572 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.” Vanderbilt will host cross-state rival Tennessee next week. The Rebels head to Death Valley to take on the LSU Tigers.
Idle Nov. 10: Kentucky
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