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Car died while driving. it will not start back up. it does crank and battery and alternator are good. spark plugs are good. i have gas. so what could be wrong?

My 2004 ford escape (manual transmission) died while shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. also, I dont know if this had anything to do with it, but for some reason I was being dumb and didnt let off gas while shifting. I always do, but felt like being a dummy that moment. I did work the clutch correctly becuase i didnt want it to die or **** hard though. the rpm just revved up in between gears. After the car died, I pulled over. I dont think its the clutch because I still had to press down clutch for vehicle to try and turn over. but when i tried starting it, you could hear the starter going. the belts were turning. but it just wouldnt start. battery is good. i just dont see why it died while driving. at first i thought it was alternator, but the battery was not drained. all dash likes were nice and bright. can anyone help me?

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