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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. – Before welcoming conference foe Arkansas next week, Texas A&M had a date with South Carolina State at Kyle Field. Kevin Sumlin’s air raid offense was on full display on this day, scoring 35 points in the second quarter to pull away from SC State and go on to win 70-14.
Johnny Manziel had another good day for the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) at quarterback, completing 15-of-20 passes and throwing for three touchdowns to ignite the A&M offense. Manziel’s effectiveness was not limited to the air, however, as the freshman averaged 9.8 yards per carry on eight attempts and found the end zone twice more on the ground.
Ben Malena also had a big day on the ground, recording 88 yards on just 11 touches and scoring twice. As a team, the Aggies gained 249 yards of rushing and held South Carolina State to just 34. The Aggies’ fast-paced offense possessed the ball for five minutes less than SC State, but ran eight more plays.
With this game under their belt, the Aggies will now turn their focus forward to their second SEC showdown of the season next weekend, where they will face a prolific passing attack led by Tyler Wilson.
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 15-for-20, 174 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Ben Malena, 11 car, 88 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Uzoma Nwachukwu, 2 rec, 46 yards, 2 TD
South Carolina State
Passing – Richard Cue, 17-for-32, 189 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Jalen Simmons, 7 car, 20 yards, TD
Receiving – Lennel Elmore, 2 rec, 51 yards, TD