Vinnie Sunseri gave Johnny Manziel a taste of his own medicine as he delivered what may go down as the most impressive -- and perhaps impactful -- highlight of the 2013 college football season.
Despite rushing out to an early 14-0 lead, No. 6 Texas A&M trailed No. 1 Alabama at the start of the third quarter in College Station on Saturday. After the Aggies' defense forced a Tide punt to open the second half, Manziel took back the ball to go looking for a game-tying score. Following a nine-yard scamper on first down, Manziel went deep on 2nd-and-1 from the A&M 43-yard-line. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback lofted a speculative ball toward wide receiver Travis Labhart inside the Alabama 35-yard line. As the ball was a bit underthrown, Alabama defensive back Jarrick Williams had time to close the distance between himself and Labhart and break up the play. The ball ricocheted off Williams high into the air at Kyle Field.
The Alabama safety ran under the ball and then was off to the races. After crossing midfield, Sunseri juked Manziel, no stranger to making opponents miss in the open field. Mazing his way through a swarm of unpracticed tacklers in maroon, Sunseri worked his way down toward the end zone. After shrugging off a few last-gasp attempts at bringing him down, Sunseri dove across the goal line for an incredible touchdown.
The 73-yard interception return touchdown pushed Alabama's lead to 35-14 and would prove crucial as Manziel mounted a late comeback attempt. Alabama would hold on to win 49-42.