College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Texas A&M had a significant drop-off in
competition, but the 10th-ranked Aggies experienced no letdown in a 42-13 win
Coming off last week's tough setback to No. 1 Alabama, quarterback Johnny
Manziel ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score while sitting out
the majority of the second half on Saturday.
Manziel completed 14-of-21 passes for 244 yards with an interception and added
102 yards rushing for Texas A&M (3-1). Ben Malena carried the ball 13 times
for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
"I thought our guys ran the ball well," said Texas A&M head coach Kevin
Sumlin. "Played a lot of guys, got some good production out of some of the
Garrett Gilbert finished with 310 yards, a touchdown and one interception on
37-of-62 passing for the Mustangs (1-2).
"We didn't handle the crowd noise very well," SMU head coach June Jones said.
"We had seven or eight offside penalties that set us back. It is frustrating."
The Aggies' first two drives of the game totaled 12 plays and ended with
rushing touchdowns by Malena and Manziel. Texas A&M then recovered an
onside kick, but Manziel wound up being picked off by Hayden Greenbauer in the
SMU came away with points following the turnover as Chase Hover kicked a 42-
yard field goal with nine seconds to play in the opening quarter.
Texas A&M scored three second-quarter touchdowns and each time failed to
convert the extra point. Manziel threw a 16-yard scoring strike to Malcome
Kennedy and ran seven yards into the end zone before Deshazor Everett returned
a Jeremiah Gaines fumble 12 yards to paydirt.
Taylor Bertolet missed twice on the point-after try and Josh Lambo had his
Hover drilled a 47-yarder to close out the half, and Manziel led one more
drive following the break. Malena capped the 8-play, 78-yard sequence with a
short TD run.
Lambo made a 40-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the third quarter
before the Mustangs finally reached the end zone on Gilbert's 31-yard
connection with Keenan Holman.
The Aggies are now 12-0-1 against their former Southwest Conference rival
since 1984 ... Texas A&M opened a season with four straight 40-plus-point
games for the first team in program history ... The Aggies haven't lost a non-
conference home game to a Texas school since 1954.
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