Auburn comes back for 45-41 upset of Aggies

No. 7 Texas A&M had a 24-17 halftime lead over No. 24 Auburn, and extended that lead to 34-24 early in the fourth quarter, before Auburn came back for a 45-41 upset win. Auburn rolled up 615 yards, 379 on the ground, led by Tre Mason who rushed for 178 yards. Johnny Manziel passed for 454 yards and 4 TDs, all to Mike Evans, who had 284 yards receiving.

No. 7 Texas A&M had a 24-17 halftime lead over No. 24 Auburn, and extended that lead to 34-24 early in the fourth quarter, before Auburn came back for a 45-41 upset win. Auburn rolled up 615 yards, 379 on the ground, led by Tre Mason who rushed for 178 yards. Johnny Manziel passed for 454 yards and 4 TDs, all to Mike Evans who had 284 yards receiving.

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.

After an exchange of punts to open the third quarter, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall threw a screen pass to Sammie Coates and Coates took it 43 yards for a War Eagle touchdown that tied the game 24-all at the 7:52 mark in the third quarter.

Johnny Manziel and the Aggies responded, driving 82 yards in 9 plays, with Manziel throwing his fourth touchdown of the day to Mike Evans, this one from 33 yards, to restore a seven-point Aggie lead, 31-24, with 4:06 left in the third quarter.

After the Aggie defense forced another Auburn 3-and-out, Texas A&M drove to the Auburn 10-yard line, where facing a second-and-goal, Johnny Manziel scrambled for an 8-yard gain to the 2-yard line but went down hard forcing Manziel to leave the game. Matt Joeckel came on and on 3rd-and-goal threw and incomplete pass so Josh Lambo kicked a 20-yard field goal that made it a two-score game, 34-24, early in the fourth quarter.

It only took Auburn less than three minutes to pull back to within three, when the War Eagle drove 75 yards in seven plays, with Nick Marshall scoring on a 13-yard run to make it a 34-31 game with 11:44 left in the game.

With Manziel in the locker room, the Aggies went 3-and-out, punting the ball to Auburn.

It took Auburn just 5 plays to drive for the lead. After a 53-yard Tre Mason run, Cameron Artis-Payne scored on a 2-yard run to give Auburn a 38-34 lead with 9:06 left in the game.

Johnny Manziel came back on for Texas A&M and led the Aggies on a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, with Manziel scoring on a 1-yard scramble around right end to give Texas A&M a 41-38 lead with 5:05 left in the game.

Auburn responded, driving 75 yards in 13 plays, most of it on the ground, and Tre Mason scored on a 5-yard run, giving Auburn a 45-41 with 1:19 to go in the game.

It looked like Johnny Manziel just might work his magic again, completing 3 passes to Mike Evans to move the Aggies all the way down to the Auburn 18-yard line with 43 seconds still left in the game. But it was not to be as facing 4th-and-13 from the 21-yard line, Johnny Manziel was sacked, turning the ball over on downs.

Auburn ran out the clockto win a 45-41 shootout over Texas A&M.

Auburn rolled up 615 yards in total offense, with 379 of those yards on the ground.

For Auburn, Nick Marshall completed 11 of 23 passes for 236 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 100 yards and 2 TDs on 20 carries. Tre Mason was a workhorse for the War Eagle, rushing for 178 yards and 1 TD on 27 carries. Sammie Coates led Auburn receivers with 106 yards on 5 catches.

Texas A&M also had over 600 yards, with 602 yards and 29 first downs.

For the Aggies, Johnny Manziel completed 28 of 38 passes for 454 yards and 2 TDs with 2 INTs and rushed for 48 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries. Mike Evans had another monster receiving game for the Aggies, catching 11 passes for 287 yards and 4 TDs, an Aggie record. Travis Labhart caught 7 passes for 79 yards. Trey Williams rushed for 45 yards on 9 carries.

Texas A&M falls to 5-2 on the season, 2-2 in the SEC. Auburn improves to 6-1, 3-1 in the SEC.

Texas A&M now tries to regroup from this tough home loss and get ready to host Vanderbilt next Saturday afternoon. Vanderbilt upset No. 15 Georgia on Saturday by a score of 31-27.

 


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