Johnny Manziel racked up over 400 yards of total offense and scored six touchdowns as Texas A&M defeated SMU 48-3 on Saturday night.
Manziel was impressive with both his arm and his legs, looking nothing short of spectacular. His fifth touchdown of the night was a dazzling run that left SMU defenders in the dust and gave Texas A&M a 34-3 late in the third quarter.
"I knew it was going to be tough (to contain Manziel)," Jones said. "I thought if we had answered anything to the game early offensively when the defense stopped them the first five or six times we had the ball, I think that everybody would have rallied up."
SMU's first score of the game did not come until Chase Hover knocked in a 25-yard field goal with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter when the Mustangs were already down by 27.
Offensively, SMU was flat out atrocious in the first half and things never got better as the Aggies nearly doubled the Mustangs in total yards. SMU also went 3-for-18 on third down conversions and failed to move the ball down the field.
"We couldn't convert the last two weeks on third down. We've been terrible," Jones said. "You can't win doing that."
SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert struggled once again in his third start. The Texas transfer completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw for only 203 yards despite having 49 pass attempts.
"For whatever reason, we just haven't been able to get into a rhythm whether that's not converting on third downs or getting in the red zone and sputtering out," Gilbert said. "We have to do a better job in practice and have a sense of urgency."
Jones continues to express the fact that SMU must ‘get better around' Gilbert, who didn't get very much help from his wide receivers. Darius Johnson and Jeremy Johnson were both held without a catch going into halftime.
Defensively, SMU did a tremendous job early on and held Texas A&M scoreless in the first quarter. But Manziel finally broke through in the second quarter when he put the Aggies on the board with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Swope.
After forcing an SMU three-and-out, Manziel scored struck again this time on a 48-yard touchdown run on the first play of the possession. SMU defensive end Margus Hunt blocked the extra point to give him 16 career blocked kicks.
Manziel put the game out of reach early in the third quarter when he escaped a potential Taylor Reed sack and threw 42-yard touchdown pass that gave Texas A&M a 27-0 lead
"He's really shifty. He's a great athlete," Reed said. "He was able to make a play when I missed him, and it was definitely frustrating."
SMU will now head into the bye week with a 1-2 record and will host TCU on Sept. 29.
"We haven't really gotten going yet in the first three games," Jones said. "But there is a lot of football left and hopefully, we'll pick it up."
Game Recap: Texas A&M Wallops SMU 48-3
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