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Saturday, September 14, 2013
McCarron takes advantage of A&M blitz

By ESPN Stats & Information

Alabama’s grudge match against Texas A&M lived up to the hype.

Despite a valiant effort by Johnny Manziel and the Aggies, the Crimson Tide held on to win their 22nd straight SEC opener, the longest active streak for any FBS team.

Alabama improves to 8-1 in “revenge” games under Nick Saban, with its only such loss coming in 2011 against LSU.

Alabama’s 42 points allowed are the most the Tide have allowed in a win in school history. It’s the most they’ve allowed in any game since Tennessee scored 51 in 2003.

Alabama's 49 points mark the most points scored by an AP No. 1 team in a road win against a top-10 team since Florida State won 51-31 at No. 3 Michigan in 1991.

Texas A&M offense puts up big numbers

Manziel broke his own Texas A&M record for most passing yards in a game with 464.

Manziel had a career-high six completions on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield. In two games against Alabama, Manziel has completed 71 percent of passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield, compared with 36 percent against all other teams.

Despite Manziel putting up record numbers, he posted the third-lowest raw QBR of his career (74.0). Not taking opponent strength into account, his only worse performances were against LSU and Florida last season. His three worst raw QBRs are also the only three losses of his career. And two of his four worst raw QBRs came against Alabama.

Texas A&M’s Mike Evans had 279 receiving yards, the most in Texas A&M history. It’s the most by an Alabama opponent since LSU’s Josh Reed had 293 yards in 2001. Evans’ performance was highlighted by a 95-yard touchdown reception from Manziel in the fourth quarter -– the second-longest passing play in Texas A&M history -- to pull the Aggies within a touchdown. It was the longest passing play against Alabama in the last 10 seasons.

AJ McCarron's career night

AJ McCarron had a career-high 334 passing yards and matched a career high with four passing touchdowns.

McCarron posted a 93.8 QBR, the second-highest raw QBR of his career (not adjusted for opponent strength). His only better performance came in a win against Auburn last season.

McCarron threw all four of his touchdown passes when facing five or more pass-rushers. All five of McCarron’s touchdown passes this season have come against the blitz. Since the start of last season, McCarron has thrown 17 touchdowns with one interception against five or more pass-rushers.