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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
OXFORD, Miss. – Johnny “Football” Manziel has been making waves throughout the SEC as a redshirt freshman signal-caller for Texas A&M, and he managed to add to his legend with Saturday’s 30-27 win over Ole Miss. With under two minutes to play and the Aggies (4-1, 2-1 SEC) trailing by four, Manziel connected with receiver Ryan Swope in the corner of the end zone to give A&M the lead and the win.
Manziel racked up 320 yards of total offense on the evening while scoring two touchdowns, one through the air and one with his legs. Manziel was picked off twice by the Rebels (3-3, 0-2), but he came up big when it counted the most down the stretch. Manziel had help in the ground game from Ben Malena, who toted the rock 18 times for 142 yards and a score.
Bo Wallace had a big day for Ole Miss, throwing for over 300 yards and one touchdown and scoring another one on the ground. Wallace connected with Donte Moncreif on five occasions including once for the only passing touchdown.
Overall, the teams combined for 945 yards of offense on the evening. Texas A&M managed to overcome six turnovers and six penalties for 60 yards in the victory.
Passing – Bo Wallace, 20-for-34, 305 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Jeff Scott, 21 car, 108 yards. TD
Receiving – Vince Sanders, 5 rec, 81 yards
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 17-for-26, 191 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Ben Melena, 18 car, 142 yards, TD
Receiving – Mike Evans, 8 rec, 105 yards
• Texas A&M is now 5-0 all-time against Ole Miss, with the most recent meeting prior to 2012 coming in 1980.
• Ole Miss has now lost eight consecutive SEC home openers.
• Dating back to last season when he was at Houston, A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has now led his teams to eight straight wins on the road.