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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
AUBURN, Ala. – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has exploded onto the SEC scene as a redshirt freshman this season, having already set and then reset his own conference and school record for total offense in a single game. Manziel did not break his own record for a second time against Auburn on Saturday night, but his 350 total yards and five combined touchdowns were enough to deliver the No. 20 Aggies a 63-21 win over the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
By the time Auburn (1-7, 0-6 SEC) had picked up a first down against the A&M defense, the Aggies’ offense had already sprinted out of the gate to a 28-0 lead. The Aggies (6-2, 3-2) put on a show in against the Tigers, racking up 42 points in the first half and cruising to victory from there. Manziel completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for the game en route to 260 yards and two touchdowns through the air and added 90 more yards and three scores with his legs.
Facing a four-touchdown deficit in the second quarter, Tre Mason got Auburn on the board with a one-yard touchdown plunge. Mason finished the night with 80 yards on the ground. Jonathan Wallace, one of three quarterbacks to see action for AU, tossed two TDs in the third quarter – one to Emory Blake and the other to C.J. Uzomah – but A&M was already too far out in front.
Trey Williams led the Ags in rushing with 109 yards and a score on 19 carries, and Christine Michael and Ben Malena also found the end zone on the ground for Texas A&M. Senior receiver Ryan Swope racked up 140 yards and two scores for the Aggies, adding six catches to his prolific career total of over 200.
Passing – Jonathan Wallace, 6-for-9, 122 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Tre Mason, 12 car, 80 yards, TD
Receiving – Emory Blake, 5 rec, 106 yards, TD
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 16-for-23260 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Trey Williams, 19 car, 109 yards, TD
Receiving – Ryan Swope, 6 rec, 140 yards, 2 TD
• Saturday’s game against Auburn marked the first ever trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium for Texas A&M, and it was only TAMU’s second game in the state of Alabama. Their first was 23-10 loss to Alabama in Birmingham back in 1985.
• Dating back to last season at Houston, A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has now led his teams to 10 consecutive road wins.
• The Aggies now lead the all-time series with Auburn by a tally of 3-0. The first two meetings both came in neutral site games.