By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Aggies of Texas A&M wrapped up their non-conference slate on Saturday against Sam Houston State and came away with a 47-28 win thanks in part to another impressive showing from Johnny “Football” Manziel.
The redshirt freshman was removed from the game just one drive into the second half, but he still posted 367 yards of offense and five combined touchdowns to lead the explosive A&M offense. Manziel ran for 100 yards and a pair of scores and made history with his 267 passing yards and three aerial touchdowns, becoming the first freshman in NCAA history to pass for over 3,000 yards and run for over 1,000 in a season.
Three of Manziel’s total scores came in a 28-point second quarter that blew the game wide open for A&M. The Aggies (9-2, 5-2 SEC) racked up over 500 yards of offense for the sixth time this season, and by the time Sam Houston State (8-3, 6-2 Southland) got on the board, TAMU already had the game well within hand at 47-0.
Uzoma Nwachukwu led all receivers with 160 yards and a score on four grabs, while LeKendrick Williams and Mike Evans also hauled in touchdown passes from Manziel. Three Sam Houston runners scored on the ground late in the game, and as a squad the Bearkats ran for nearly 200 yards in College Station in the losing effort.
Texas A&M will close out the regular season next week when Missouri comes to town in a cross-divisional battle.
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 14-for-20, 267 yards, 3 TD, INT
Rushing – Johnny Manziel, 16 car, 100 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Uzoma Nwachukwu, 4 rec, 160 yards, TD
Sam Houston State
Passing – Brian Bell, 14-for-30, 150 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Tim Flanders, 21 car, 64 yards, TD
Receiving – Trey Diller, 6 rec, 74 yards
• Sam Houston State, located just over 50 miles from College Station in Huntsville, Texas, is now 0-11 all-time against Texas A&M.
• The first nine meetings in the series took place between 1919 and 1941. The most recent meeting between the two schools before Saturday took place back in 1997.
• Texas A&M offensive line coach B.J. Anderson coached the o-line at SHSU from 2005-2008 before joining Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Houston in 2009 and following the head coach to A&M.