Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/16/13

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02: Kick returner Javier Arenas #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with head coach Nick Saban after Arenas scored on a 73-yard punt return in the second quarter against the Utah Utes during the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide overcame an early 14-0 deficit, scoring 28 consecutive points to end the first half as they rolled their way to a 49-42 victory over No. 6 Texas A&M Saturday afternoon in front of the fourth-largest crowd Kyle Field has ever seen in their 87-year history.The GoodAlabama quarterback AJ McCarron passed for a career-high 334 yards as well as 4 TDs.Alabama's defense overcame a shaky start and contained A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for most of the game.The Tide captured its 16th consecutive victory away from Tuscaloosa and its ninth straight win at an SEC road venue.The Alabama offense totaled 570 total yards (236 rushing, 334 passing) while running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 149 yards.Bama safety Vinnie Sunseri returned an intercepted pass 73 yards for a score.Both teams combined for 1,196 yards of offense in the game (628 by A&M, 568 by Alabama).Alabama gained its most yardage against an opponent since gaining 618 yards against Ole Miss in 2011.Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley lead the Alabama defense with 12 tackles. Safety Landon Collins follwed with seven, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had six, cornerback Cyrus Jones had five tackles, along with an interception, and linebacker Denzel Devall had five stops.The third-down efficiency rating was similar for both teams as Bama completed 3 out of 6 attempts for 50 percent and the Aggies going 5 for 8 with 63 percent.Both teams had 31 first downs throughout the game.The BadThe Aggies' 628 total yards of offense is the most ever given up by Alabama in a single game, eclipsing the 611 total yards by LSU in 2001.Two false start penalties threw the Tide offense in an early hole in their first offensive possession, eventually forcing a punt that set up the A&M offense at the Aggie 41 with 9:21 left in the first quarterTexas A&M marched 80 yards downfield in just four plays early in the fourth quarter to narrow the Tide's lead.The UglyJohnny Football looked anything but on Saturday throughout the entire game looking out of breath and out of shape nearly every time the cameras showed him on the sidelines.For Alabama, Nick Saban will definitely want to clear up the penalty situation after the offensive line shot themself in the foot on the team's first two plays of the game and finished with double penalties that A&M had, giving up 104 yards on 12 fouls.
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