No. 7 Texas A&M took an early 7-0 lead over No. 24 Auburn, then suffered two INTs, falling behind 17-14, before coming back to take a 24-17 halftime lead. Johnnny Manziel has passed for 267 yards and 3 TDs, all to Mike Evans who has 182 yards receiving in the first half.
Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown, with Johnny Manziel throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans to give the Aggies an early 7-0 lead.
Auburn responded driving 86 yards in 10 plays, with quarterback Nick Marshall scrambling for a 16-yard touchdown run to tie the game at the 10:14 mark in the first quarter.
The Aggies were driving on the ensuing possession but the drive ended when a Johnny Manziel pass was intercepted by Auburn defensive back Ryan Smith at the Auburn 38-yard line.
Auburn took advantage of the Aggie turnover, driving to the Texas A&M 9-yard line, before having to settle for a 27-yard Cody Parkey field goal that gave Auburn a 10-7 lead with 5:40 left in the first quarter.
Texas A&M struck back quickly when Johnny Manziel threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans to to give the Aggies a 14-10 lead.
The Aggie defense forced an Auburn fumble that linebacker Steven Jenkins recovered at the Auburn 49-yard line, but Texas A&M returned the favor when a Johnny Manziel pass was intercepted by Auburn defensive back Ryan White at the Auburn 3-yard line.
Auburn mounted a 12-play, 96-yard scoring drive, with Nick Marshall throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Quan Bray to give the War Eagle a 17-14 lead with 10:46 left in the second quarter.
The Texas A&M defense stiffened forcing Auburn 3-and-out on three straight possessions.
During that span, Josh Lambo kicked a 37-yard field goal to tie the game at 17 with 5:38 to go in the first half, then Johnny Manziel threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Mike Evans, this for 42 yards with 24 seconds left in the first half that gave the Aggies a 24-17 halftime lead.
At the half, Texas A&M lead in total yards, 330 to 282, and in first downs, 15 to 12.
In the first half Johnny Manziel has completed 14 of 20 passes for 267 yards and 3 TDs, with the two INTs. Mike Evans has caught 5 passes for 182 yards and 3 TDs. Travis Labhart has caught 5 passes for 61 yards. Trey Williams leads Aggie rushers with 35 yards on 4 carries while Ben Malena has rushed for 19 yards on 5 carries and Tra Carson 12 yards on 2 carries.
For Auburn, Nick Marshall has completed 5 of 12 passes for 114 yards and 1 TD and has rushed for 54 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries. Jay Prosch leads Auburn receivers with 56 yards on 1 catch. Tre Mason has rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries.