By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
SHREVEPORT, La. – Johnny Manziel set the bar pretty high for himself on Sept. 29 against Arkansas when he set school and SEC records for total offense with his 557 total yards. Johnny Football managed to raise that bar a notch higher on Saturday in Texas A&M’s 59-57 win over Louisiana Tech by racking up 576 yards to go along with six total touchdowns.
In a wild, back-and-forth affair, Manziel threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns while gashing Louisiana Tech to the tune of 181 yards and three more scores on the ground.
After throwing a critical pick-six in his own end zone with 11:59 to play, Manziel responded with an 82-yard scoring drive capped by a TD pass and then followed that up with a 72-yard dash to pay dirt on the following drive to give the Aggies (5-1, 2-1 SEC) the win. La. Tech recovered an onside kick with 1:46 to play and punched it in just over a minute later, but the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-0 WAC) were unable to convert the two-point attempt to tie the game.
Mike Evans was big on the outside for the Ags, as he recorded 137 yards and a score on four receptions.
The loss marked the first of the year for Louisiana Tech. Quarterback Colby Cameron led the Bulldogs back from a 27-0 deficit and finished the evening with 449 yards and five touchdown passes. Four of his touchdown connections were to Quinton Patton, who finished with an astounding 21 receptions for 233 yards and four scores.
Kenneth Dixon also added 111 yards and two TDs on the ground for Tech. TAMU and La. Tech were originally scheduled to have a bye this week until their season-opening game was postponed by Hurricane Isaac.
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 24-for-40, 396 yards, 3 TD, INT
Rushing – Johnny Manziel, 19 car, 181 yards, 3 TD
Receiving – Mike Evans, 4 rec, 137 yards, TD
Passing – Colby Cameron, 44-for-58, 449 yards, 5 TD
Rushing – Kenneth Dixon, 18 car, 111 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Quinton Patton, 21 rec, 233 yards, 4 TD
• Texas A&M has now won all 11 meetings between the two schools.
• Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has now won eight consecutive games on the road dating back to last year when he was coaching at Houston.
• Saturday’s shootout marked career win number 40 for Sumlin.