Mike Evans with a special performance in A&M loss

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One, two, three, four, five Texas A&M football players rolled to the podium to talk to the media after Saturday’s loss to No. 1 Alabama.

Even quarterback Johnny Manziel, who has not been available for interviews for much of the season, showed up. But for more than 45 minutes after the game, no Mike Evans.

Evans, a sophomore, had set a Texas A&M single-game record Saturday with 279 yards receiving in a 49-42 loss. But instead of talking about his stellar game, Evans was receiving much-needed fluids through an IV.

“He’s in there tired and laying down,” A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “He played his tail off. He’s a 6-foot-5 guy that can run like a 5-foot-11 guy. He’s 225 pounds. There were times where he was double-covered with a man underneath him and one over the top, and we were able to run the ball in the third quarter because of that.”

Finally, Evans limped through the door. But instead of talking about his performance, he pointed out the ways he could have played better.

“I didn’t block as good as I’m capable of,” Evans said. “I did some things, made some big plays, but it wasn’t enough in the end.”

Evans’ teammates weren’t as critical.

“I couldn’t be prouder of him,” said Manziel, Evans’ roommate. “I knew he was going to come out and play really well. In my eyes, Mike Evans is the best receiver in college football. I see him every day, and every week I get to see how he works against defenders, and it’s just amazing.”

Evans started his day with 135 yards in the first quarter for the Aggies (1-1, 0-1 SEC) to reach the 100-yard mark for the fifth time in his career. He also had a 95-yard touchdown catch on a crucial third-down play late in the fourth quarter.

Evans’ big day topped Ken “Dude” McLean, who had 250 receiving yards against Texas in 1965.

GameDay atmosphere

Kirk Herbstreit and celebrity guest Lyle Lovett both picked A&M to win during ESPN’s live College GameDay broadcast Saturday morning. Lee Corso chose Alabama.

It was GameDay’s fourth visit to College Station. The Aggies have lost all four games, including two to Oklahoma, Saturday against Alabama and last season against Florida.

Bend, don’t break

Since the start of the 2011 season, Alabama has given up 28 or more points three times — twice to A&M, including Saturday, and once to Georgia. The Crimson Tide is 2-1 in those games.

Heisman honoree

A&M honored John David Crow at halftime Saturday, retiring his No. 44 jersey. Crow won the Heisman Trophy his senior season at A&M in 1957. It was the final year Paul “Bear” Bryant coached the Aggies.

Manziel does it again

Johnny Manziel had another signature day against Alabama. His 562 total yards are second in Texas A&M and SEC history, trailing only his performance against Louisiana Tech (576 yards) last season.

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