Johnny Manziel passed for 446 yards and 5 TDs to lead Texas A&M to a 51-41 win over Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon in College Station. Texas A&M took a 23-14 lead into halftime, extended that lead to 51-27 early in the fourth quarter, then held on for their eight win of the year.
Midway through the first quarter, Johnny Manziel led the Aggies on a 6-play, 62-yard scoring drive, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy to give Texas A&M a 7-0 lead.
It took Mississippi State just seventeen seconds to respond when after a 49-yard kickoff return, on the Bulldogs' first play from srimmage, Josh Robinson scored on a 51-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7.
The Aggies drove to the Bulldog 10-yard line but a Johnny Manziel pass was intercepted by Mississippi State at the 1-yard line and returned 8 yards to the 9-yard line. The Texas A&M defense got a 3-and-out, forcing a Bulldog punt, but Aggie 12th man walkon Sam Moeller blocked the punt through the endzone for a safety that gave Texas A&M a 9-7 lead.
It took Texas A&M just 4 plays to extend the lead to nine, when Johnny Manziel threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Travis Labhart to give the Aggies a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Mississippi State and Texas A&M exchanged punts for much of the second quarter, until with 2:40 left in the first half, Mississippi State took advantage of good field position and penalties to drive 35 yards in 5 plays with Dak Prescott throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to De'Runnya Wilson to cut the Aggie lead to 16-14 with 54 seconds left in the half.
That proved to be more than enough time for Johnny Manziel and the Aggies as they drove 75 yards in 5 plays and 38 seconds, with Manziel throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lahhart to give Texas A&M a 23-14 halftime lead.
Mississippi State intercepted a Johnny Manziel on the first possession of the second half but were unable to take advantage of the turnover when the Bulldogs missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.
Texas A&M drove 76 yards in 6 plays, and Johnny Manziel threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy to give the Aggies a 30-14 lead.
After a Mississippui State punt, the Aggies looked to be about do add to that lead when, after driving to the Bulldog 31-yard line, a Manziel pass was intercepted by Miss St at their 4-yard line. The Bulldogs then drove 96 yards in 9 plays, with Dak Prescott throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Perkins to cut the Aggie lead to 30-20 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
It took the Aggies just 32 seconds to respond, driving 90 yards in two plays, with Johnny Manziel completing a pass to Mike Evans in the flat and Evans taking it for a 75-yard gain, then Trey Williams scoring on a 15-yard run to give Texas A&M a 37-20 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Next it was the Bulldogs' turn to score quickly, going 75 yards in two plays, with Jameon Lewis throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Joe Morrow on the first play of tyhe fourth quarter to reduce the Aggie lead to 37-27.
Texas A&M's Trey Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yard for an Aggie touchdown, but was flagged to excessive celebration prior to crossing the goal line, resulting in a 15-yard penalty that took the points off the board and moved the ball back to the Bulldog 18-yard line. No worries, Johnny Manziel threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nehemiah Hicks that gave Texas A&M a 44-27 lead.
After Aggie defensive end Daeshon Hall intercepted a Dak Prescott pass, the Aggies drove 27 yards in 5 plays, with Ben Malena scoring on a 2-yard run to open up a 51-27 lead for the Aggies at the 10:52 mark in the fourth quarter.
Mississippi State scored to late touchdowns to make this game look closer than it really was, but Texas A&M held on for a 51-41 win in their last home game for the year.
Johnny Manziel completed 30-of-39 passes for 446 yards and 5 TDs with 3 INTs and rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries to lead the Aggies. Travis Labhart caught 6 passes for 102 yards and 2 TDs, Malcome Kennedy caught 8 passes for 96 yards and 2 TDsw, and Mike Evans added 5 catches for 116 yards.Trey Williams rushed for 29 yards and 1 TD on 6 carries and had 161 yards in lickoff returns.
For Mississippi State, Dak Prescott had a 300-yard night, completing 14-of-26 passes for 149 yards and 2 TDs with 1 INT and rushing for 154 yards on 16 carries.
Texas A&M now has a bye week, before travelling to Baton Rouge to face LSU.