By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 24 Auburn visited Kyle Field for the first time ever on Saturday and delivered a stellar performance against No. 7 Texas A&M to knock off the Aggies 45-41. The two teams combined for over 1,200 yards of offense and 86 points in the shootout, but Gus Malzahn’s team came out with the signature victory.
Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) led entering the fourth quarter, but Auburn gutted out a win thanks to a 21-point effort in the final quarter. The Tigers, who lead the SEC in rushing offense, racked up 379 yards on the ground against the Aggies on Saturday.
Johnny Manziel churned out over 500 yards of total offense by himself for A&M, including five total touchdowns. His counterpart, Nick Marshall for Auburn, threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1) in the victory.
After suffering an apparent shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, Manziel returned to the field to lead a 12-play, 75-yard drive that gave A&M a 41-38 lead. Not to be outdone, Auburn marched 75 yards on 13 plays before Tre Mason punched in the game-winning score from five yards out.
Mason ended the game with 178 yards and a score on the ground to pace the Tigers offense. Auburn managed to overcome a heroic performance from TAMU receiver Mike Evans, who went for over 280 yards through the air with four scores.
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 28-for-38, 454 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Johnny Manziel,18 car, 48 yards, TD
Receiving – Mike Evans, 11 rec, 287 yards, 4 TD
Passing – Nick Marshall, 11-for-23, 236 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Tre Mason, 27 car, 178 yards, TD
Receiving – Sammie Coates, 5 rec, 104 yards, TD
• This was Auburn’s first trip to Kyle Field.
• Texas A&M leads the all-time series 4-1.
• Texas A&M has no scored 40 points or more in 10 straight games.
• This was the first game in 2013 that Auburn wore its white jerseys.