What looked like a blowout became a ball game in a matter of moments. The defending national champion Crimson Tide had been absolutely cruising against Texas A&M as the fourth quarter kicked off. Already up by a score of 42-21, Alabama was within five yards of scoring yet another touchdown – one that would seemingly have put A&M away for the afternoon.
However, coach Kevin Sumlin’s defense stepped up in a huge way, forcing a fumble out of running back T.J. Yeldon (the same Yeldon that had garnered a 15-yard penalty for a throat slash touchdown celebration).
Literally three plays later, on a third and nine, Johnny Manziel showed why he’s the defending Heisman Trophy winner. Manziel hit Mike Evans downfield, and his receiver then took it all the way to the house for a whopping 95-yard touchdown.
The touchdown gave Evans an absolutely mind-boggling 247 receiving yards on six catches against one of the best defensive backfields in the nation.