Aggies cruise to 42-13 win over SMU

No 10 Texas A&M scored on its first two possessions to open up a 14-0 lead over the SMU Mustangs, then the Aggies cruised to a 42-13 win. Johnny Manziel played just one series in the second half but still passed for 244 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 102 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Aggies.

No 10 Texas A&M scored on its first two possessions to open up a 14-0 lead over the SMU Mustangs, then the Aggies cruised to a 42-13 win. Johnny Manziel played just one series in the second half but still passed for 244 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 102 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Aggies.

SMU received the opening kickoff but the Aggie defense forced a Mustang punt.

On the Aggies' first play from scrimmage, Johnny Manziel found Sabian Holmes in the flat and Holmes took it 33 yards to the SMU 19-yard line. Three plays later Ben Malena scored on a 3-yard run to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead.

After the Aggies forced another SMU punt, Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M on a 7-play, 80-yard drive, completing a 46-yard pass to Mike Evans, before Manziel scored on a 7-yard run to give the Aggies a 14-0 lead with 5:49 to go in the first quarter.

Texas A&M surprised SMU with an on-side kick which kicker Taylor Bertolet recovered at the Aggie 48-yard line. The Aggies looked to be driving for another touchdown when a Johnny Manziel pass went off the hands of Derel Walker and was intercepted by SMU defensive back Hayden Greenbauer at the SMU 5-yard line.

SMU mounted an 11-play 66-yard drive, before having to settle for a 42-yard Chase Hoover field goal to reduce the Aggie lead to 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Manziel drove the Aggies 74 yards in 11 plays, throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy. Taylor Bertolet's extra point attempted was missed, leaving the Aggies with a 20-3 lead.

After a 30-yard Aggie punt return by DeVante Harris gave Texas A&M the ball at midfield, the Aggies struck quicky, driving 49 yards in 4 plays, with Manziel scoring on another 7-yard touchdown run. Another missed Bertolet extra point attempt left the Aggies leading 26-3 with 7:11 left in the second quarter.

On the ensuing SMU possession, Garrett Gilbert completed a pass to Jeremiah Gaines but Aggie defensive back Toney Hurd Jr forced a fumble which Deshazor Everett returned 12 yards for An Aggie touchdown. This time it was Josh Lambo who attempted an extra point, but a bad snap resulted in a block kick, and Texas A&M had a 32-3 lead.

On their next possession, the Aggies drove to the SMU 5-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs with 1:05 left in the first half.

SMU drove from their 8-yard line to the Aggies' 30-yard line before kicking a 47-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to cut the Aggie lead to 32-6.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff of the second half and Johnny Manziel came in for one last series. Manziel led the Aggies on an 8-play, 78-yard drive, with Ben Malena scoring on a 1-yard run. Josh Lambo's extra point attempt was good, giving the Aggies a 39-6 lead early in the third quarter.

Johnny Manziel's night was done, having completed 14 of 21 passes for 244 yards and 1 TD with one INT and rushed for 102 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries.

Matt Joeckel played quarterback the rest of the third quarter for the Aggies, while true freshman Kenny Hill played quarterback in the fourth quarter.

Late in the third quarter Matt Joeckel led the Aggies on a 9-play, 63-yard drive before Josh Lambo kicked a 40-yard field goal to give Texas A&M a 42-6 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, SMU mounted their only touchdown drive of the night, 75 yards in 7 plays, with Garrett Gilbert throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Keernan Holman to cut the Aggie lead to 42-13, and this would prove to be the final score.

For the game Texas A&M led SMU in total yards, 581 to 434, and in first downs, 27-25. The Aggies had a balanced offense, passing for 316 yards and rushing for 265 yards.

In addition to Johnny Manziel's 356 yards, Ben Malena rushed for 71 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries. Malcome Kennedy led Aggie receivers with 6 catches for 84 yards and 1 TD. Mike Evans caught 2 passes for 57 yards and Derel Walker added 2 catches for 54 yards. Matt Joeckel completed 4 of 9 passes for 63 yards.

For SMU, Garrett Gilbert completed 37 of 62 passes for 310 yards and 1 TD with one INT. Keenan Holman caught 10 passes for 133 yards and 1 TD while Darius Joseph added 8 catches for 69 yards.

Texas A&M (3-1) now prepares for its first road game of the season when they face Arkansas next Saturday night.


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