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