SEC: Alabama beats A&M defense, not Johnny Football

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SEC links for Sunday:

- Alabama-Texas A&M turns into a shootout before Crimson Tide prevails 49-42, writes Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News. A.J. McCarron threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns.

- Johnny Manziel ages Nick Saban, but in the end Alabama spanked Texas A&M, writes Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News.

- Alabama beat Texas A&M’s defense but not Johnny Manziel and the Aggie offense, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.

- Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports writes that Bama had to pick up the pace to beat the Aggies.

- Tide proves it can win in a variety of ways, writes Stewart Mandel of SI.com.

- Nick Marshall fires back, leading Auburn to 24-20 win over Mississippi State, reports Brandon Marcello of the Birmingham News. The win snapped Auburn’s 10-game SEC losing streak.

- Ole Miss tramples Texas to improve to 3-0, reports Jim Vertuno of the AP. Greg Robinson as Texas’ new defensive coordinator didn’t make much difference for the Longhorns.

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- Early Tennessee lead disappears as Oregon swamps the Vols 59-14, reports Patrick Brown of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

- Ron Morris of The State writes that South Carolina’s defense made progress in Gamecocks’ 35-25 win over Vanderbilt.

- Vandy’s second half rally comes up short, reports Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean. The Commodores gave up 31 first downs, most since 2001.

- Jadeveon Clowney says he will have foot surgery at end of season, reports AP.

- LSU rolled through Kent State 24-3, reports Les East of The Advocate.

- Defense and ground game make up for Brandon Allen’s absence as Arkansas beats Southern Miss 24-3, reports Robbie Neiswanger of the Arkansas News.

SEC schedule for September 21

  • Vanderbilt at UMass 12:00 PM ESPNews
  • North Texas at Georgia 12:21 PM SEC TV
  • Arkansas at Rutgers 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
  • Tennessee at Florida 3:30 PM CBS
  • SMU at Texas A&M 7:00 PM ESPN2 or ESPNU
  • Colorado State at Alabama 7:00 PM ESPN2 or ESPNU
  • Troy at Mississippi St. 7:30 PM FSN
  • Auburn at LSU 7:45 PM ESPN
  • Missouri at Indiana 8:00 PM Big Ten Network

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