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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Thanks in part to another big game from quarterback Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M picked up its fifth road win of 2012 with a 38-13 triumph over Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium.
Manziel was prolific once again for the Aggies (7-2, 4-2 SEC), completing 83 percent of his passes and carrying the ball 21 times en route to 465 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. The redshirt freshman led the team in passing (336 yards) and rushing (129 yards) on the day, and A&M racked up 693 yards of offense as a team.
The Aggies jumped out on the Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2), stopping MSU cold on its opening drive and taking their first possession 71 yards for a score. A&M led 24-0 at half, and tacked on a score to push its lead to 31-0. The Bulldogs made a push in the second half thanks to a pair of touchdowns by Tyler Russell (one through the air to Chad Bumphis, one on the ground), but the Aggies’ lead was too large to overcome.
Ryan Swope had a big game for A&M, snagging nine receptions for 121 yards, and Ben Malena chipped in 112 yards and a score on the ground in the winning effort.
Passing – Tyler Russell, 10-for-30, 212 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – LaDarius Perkins, 13 car, 42 yards
Receiving – Chad Bumphis, 4 rec, 50 yards, TD
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 30-for-36, 336 yards
Rushing – Johnny Manziel, 21 car, 129 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Ryan Swope, 9 rec, 121 yards
· Saturday’s game marked the first time that two ranked teams had faced off in Davis Wade Stadium since 2001.
· Kevin Sumlin is now 5-3 against ranked teams as a head coach, and 2-2 this season at TAMU.
· Dating back to last season, Kevin Sumlin’s teams have won 11 straight games on the road.