Cornerback Jimmy Smith (Achilles) and nickelback Lardarius Webb both missed practice Wednesday, but the Ravens are deep in the secondary. Rookie first-round pick Marlon Humphrey has earned more playing time, and undrafted rookie Jaylen Hill can fill the nickelback role after returning from a hamstring injury. Smith, however, has been Baltimore’s top defensive player this season. — Jamison Hensley
Alabama recruit (and later defensive lineman) Jonathan Allen: “I was excited. It was supposed to be a great game and then all of the sudden we’re down  because of someone named Johnny Manziel.”
Nico Johnson: “Of course we were bigger, so we were trying to punish [Manziel]. We were trying to make him feel those hits. But at the same time we couldn’t get to him because he’s so shifty and so fast. Well, it became frustrating and it caused problems because now every single guy is trying to do their own thing. … Now you get people not doing the right thing and then Johnny is going to be Johnny and he’s going to eat.”
But the Aggies knew the large lead wouldn’t last. Not against Alabama.
Kingsbury: “I remember calling [the offensive players] over, because I knew it was coming. I knew the run was coming, because [the 20-point lead] happened so quickly and seamlessly. I remember standing up and saying, ‘We’ve got to keep scoring.'”
Texas A&M running backs coach Clarence McKinney: “They got backed into a corner and they came out swinging. We felt that … it was just a matter of how we were going to respond to it.”