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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:35 am, Sun Nov 11, 2012.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- As the legend of Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel continues to grow, so too do the nicknames.

They started with Johnny Football, then came Touchdown Johnny. Magical Manziel and SuperManziel followed, and Halloween brought us Scooby Doo.

And after Saturday, how about a new one?

The Prophet.

Hours before the game, Manziel tweeted, "Give to them nothing, but take from them EVERYTHING."

With another amazing performance, the redshirt freshman proved to be wonderfully prophetic.

Manziel threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, ran for another 92 yards and led the Aggies to one of the biggest wins in program history, a 29-24 shocker over No. 1 Alabama.

"He's been able to handle the moments better than most young guys," A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said.

Manziel became only the third visiting quarterback to go into Bryant-Denny Stadium in the past four years and walk out with a victory, joining former Auburn star Cam Newton as the only one to do it while scoring double-digit points.

His day began much like the past six games have -- with him leading the offense to six easy points. Before Saturday, Alabama had given up six first-quarter points all season. But A&M came out the gate on fire, marching 73 yards in less than three minutes to make it 7-0 and stun a sold out crimson crowd. Minutes later, Manziel had the ball again. On the first play of the team's second drive, Manziel faked the option, dropped back to throw and found an open Kenric McNeal in the middle of the field to put the Aggies into scoring territory. Three plays later, Manziel had the highlight of the day when he dropped back to pass, decided to scramble, bobbled the ball, recovered it, scrambled to his left and found an open Ryan Swope in the back of the end zone to make it 14-0 -- the largest deficit Alabama has faced since 2010.

On the team's third drive, facing a third-and-6, Manziel was cool as ever, evading the rush, breaking contain and scampering for 32 yards into Alabama territory. After a couple of screens and scrambles, Christine Michael was in the end zone, and the Aggies had landed one of their patented haymakers, leading Alabama 20-0.

In the second half, Alabama did what good defenses do -- made adjustments, They limited the A&M offense and kept Manziel from breaking containment. But when defenses come up with answers, it's nice to have one of the country's premier playmakers on your side.

With the game in the balance, and the Aggies leading by only six points, Manziel was poised as ever. Rather than panicking, he delivered two perfect throws -- to Swope and Malcome Kennedy -- to drive the Aggies 66 yards and give A&M a commanding 12-point lead.

"I could see that Johnny had a different emotion about him," Swope said. "We knew what was at stake for us. We knew that he had to take over and start making plays."

On the day, the Aggies went an astounding 11-for-18 on third downs, Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel pointed to Manziel -- who else? -- as the reason why.

"We've got Johnny back there," he said with a chuckle.

Manziel now has 3,794 total yards on the season -- with two regular season games remaining. To put that into context, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow totaled 3,970 yards during his Heisman season in 2009. And Newton had 4,327 total yards during his 2011 Heisman campaign. Manziel is now on pace to have the greatest statistical season by any quarterback in the history of the SEC,

And now, he has one of the most high-profile win of any quarterback in the nation, truly taking away everything from a rabid fanbase and storied program.

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6 comments:

  • Dwayne posted at 6:25 am on Fri, Nov 16, 2012.

    Dwayne Posts: 2

    Praying for ( Johnny football ) and Team

     
  • CLH posted at 4:00 pm on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    CLH Posts: 1

    Best nickname I've heard is HeisManziel

     
  • fballfan61 posted at 2:58 pm on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    fballfan61 Posts: 1

    You trolls comment on every site out there. Your only chance to win the NC is to hope that other teams lose. You no longer control your own destiny. Johnny Football gutted your vaunted defense. Get over yourself. Try to enjoy watching Oregon and K-State play in the ship!

     
  • fearthetide posted at 2:20 pm on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    fearthetide Posts: 7

    Sounds good and all...but I don't think he quite took ALL away...we are still ranked 4/5 and still have a chance to win the SEC and National Titles...congrats on a big win and a great effort, though!

     
  • Girlfriend posted at 2:12 pm on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    Girlfriend Posts: 5

    Why are you putting this comment on every story?

     
  • DA truth posted at 7:08 am on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    DA truth Posts: 80

    All the usual suspects: Let's complain about our spread offense, how C-Mike is used/not used, what t-shirts our offensive coordinator wears, what college he played for, etc. etc.

    While we're at it, let's complain about Sumlin, his choice to condiition the players for extra time rather than work on football drills, his selection of that arrestee Johnny F. Manziel as a starter, his choices of offensive and defensive coordinators - Mark Snyder, Kliff Kingsbury, anyone? - and how those systems will never work in the vaunted SEC, and all the other issues you've been so quick to nitpick about.

    The most important season in the modern era for Aggie football, and Sumlin and company have DELIVERED THE GOODS, big time!

    Enjoy, and GIG 'EM.

     
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