- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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GigEmNation is counting down the top five moments of Texas A&M’s 2012 season this week. No. 3 ...
There were a lot of plays that Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel made this season that made fans and observers drop their jaws. One of those came in the biggest game of the season -- at Alabama.
It went in the box score as a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Swope, but there's a lot more to it than that.
With the Aggies deep in Alabama territory on their second possession of the afternoon and already holding a 7-0 lead, Texas A&M faced a third-and-goal at the 10.
Manziel took a shotgun snap, dropped back, looked around and couldn't spot an open receiver and elected to take off. Only one problem -- he ran smack dab into his right tackle, Jake Matthews, and lost the football for a split second.
So with Manziel's progress stopped after running into his teammate, he snatched the ball from the air, rolled to his left, turned and fired a pass into the chest of a wide open Swope for a score and an eventual 14-0 first quarter lead.
The call from CBS play-by-play man Verne Lundquist made it even more memorable for Aggies fans:
"Four-man Alabama rush. Got him. No they didn't. Oh my gracious! How about THAT?!"
The Aggies went on to take a 20-0 lead later in the quarter and held on for a 29-24 win over the then No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide. It was that game that became the strength of Manziel's Heisman Trophy candidacy and it was that play that best summed up what he is capable of and what he was able to do to opposing defenses all season long.
6hSam Khan Jr.
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