The Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies were expected to have a big show on Sept. 14. The Tide and Aggies could have provided a letdown, and at a few points, it looked like they would. But despite how the Aggies looked close to blowing the Tide out in the first quarter, and Alabama was moments from blowing out Texas A&M in the fourth, the showdown stayed thrilling throughout with several highlight reel plays.
The Tide ultimately had more of those plays en route to a 49-42 win, despite the video game like stats from Johnny Manziel. The Heisman winner threw for 464 yards and five touchdowns, and had what may be the play of the year in eluding a sack and throwing up a Hail Mary completion to Edward Pope in the second quarter. But because he followed it up with an interception in the end zone, the Tide went on to take the lead and never look back.
That sequence wasn’t the only one that got fans and players riled up in College Station. From long bombs, costly mistakes, sudden momentum turns and unstoppable offense, the Tide and Aggies put on a display that this college football season might not see again.
Here is a list of the huge plays that defined the Tide’s victory, and may wind up defining the BCS race as a result.