Printed on: November 11, 2012

Aggies hold back the Tide


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Johnny Manziel and the SEC newbies from Texas A&M took down the biggest bully in their new neighborhood and left No. 1 Alabama with badly bruised national championship hopes.

Johnny Manziel, better known around Texas as Johnny Football, staked the 15th-ranked Aggies to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Texas A&M held on to beat the Crimson Tide 29-24 on Saturday.

The Aggies (8-2, 5-2), playing in the Southeastern Conference for the first season after ditching the Big 12, also might have ended the league\\\'s run of BCS titles at six years.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1), who have been No. 1 almost all season and had won 13 straight, didn\\\'t go quietly.

AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a second straight scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass and motored the ball downfield before Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left.

Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92, confounding the Tide defense with his ability to keep plays alive as the Aggies scored the game\\\'s first 20 points.

Around the Top 25

No. 2 KANSAS STATE 23, TCU 10: At Fort Worth, Texas, Collin Klein ran for two touchdowns, a week after leaving the game early with an apparent head injury.

The Wildcats improved to 10-0 for only the second time under coach Bill Snyder, and moved within two wins of likely reaching their first BCS championship game.

No. 4 NOTRE DAME 21, BOSTON COLLEGE 6: At Boston, Everett Golson ran for a touchdown and threw for two more on Saturday night to help Notre Dame stay unbeaten.

Taking the field one hour after top-ranked Alabama lost to No. 15 Texas A&M, the Fighting Irish (10-0) remained in the hunt for a spot in the BCS title game.

No. 5 GEORGIA 38, AUBURN 0: At Auburn, Ala., Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for more than 100 yards and Georgia clinched a spot in the SEC championship game.

No. 7 FLORIDA 27, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 20: At Gainesville, Fla, Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with 2 seconds remaining and Florida rallied in the closing minutes to avoid a huge upset.

No. 9 LSU 37, No. 23 MISSISSIPPI STATE 17: At Baton Rouge, La., Zach Metten-berger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and LSU kept alive faint hope of a Southeastern Conference title.

Looking sharp a second straight week, Mettenberger completed 19 of 30 passes without an interception.

No. 10 CLEMSON 45, MARYLAND 10: At Clemson, S.C., Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Clemson won its sixth straight and record 12th in a row at Death Valley.

SYRACUSE 45, No. 11 LOUISVILLE 26: At Syracuse N.Y., Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and Syracuse handed Louisville its first loss of the season.

No. 12 SOUTH CAROLINA 38, ARKANSAS 20: At Columbia, S.C., Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score for South Carolina.

No. 14 OKLAHOMA 42, BAYLOR 34: At Norman, Okla., Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and Bob Stoops moved into sole possession of second place on the school\\\'s career wins list.

No. 15 STANFORD 27, No. 13 OREGON STATE 23: At Stanford, Calif., Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and Stanford overcame four turnovers to rally past Oregon State.

No. 18 NEBRASKA 32, PENN STATE 23: At Lincoln, Neb., Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner for Nebraska\\\'s first lead, and the Cornhuskers overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit for the fourth time this season.

No. 19 TEXAS 33, IOWA STATE 7: At Austin, Texas, David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and Texas honored former coach Darrell Royal by whipping Iowa State.

No. 21 USC 38, ARIZONA STATE 17: At Los Angeles, Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and Southern California bounced back from consecutive losses against skidding Arizona State.

No. 24 RUTGERS 28, ARMY 7: At Piscataway, N.J., Brandon Coleman caught his second touchdown of the game on a 31-yard pass from Gary Nova with 8:49 to play and Rutgers survived a valiant effort by mistake-prone Army.

No. 25 TEXAS TECH 41, KANSAS 34: At Lubbock, Texas, Running back Eric Stephens threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in double overtime to lead Texas Tech past Kansas.