SEC Digital Network
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was nursing a shoulder injury this week on his throwing arm, but it did not hamper his performance on Saturday in a 56-24 rout of Vanderbilt at Kyle Field. The redshirt sophomore signal-caller threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns for the No. 16 Aggies to lead the effort, which including a 558-yard offensive performance by A&M.
The Aggies (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) started quickly and never looked back, hanging 21 points on the Commodores (4-4, 1-4) in the first quarter alone. Manziel started the scoring with an eight-yard pass to Derel Walker, and he connected with LaQuvionte Gonzalez and Mike Evans for scores of seven and 43 yards respectively before the end of the opening period.
Defensively, Texas A&M held Vandy in check for most of the afternoon, save for a 17-point second quarter that kept the Commodores close entering the second half. The Aggies recorded three more touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away, however.
Trey Williams and Brandon Williams each ran for over 60 yards and a touchdown for TAMU on the ground, while Jerron Seymour led the effort for Vanderbilt with 53 yards and a score of his own.
Manziel spread the ball around effectively to his weapons, hitting 10 different receivers on the afternoon, with Evans and Walker each finding the end zone twice.
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 25-for-35, 305 yards, 4 TD, INT
Rushing – Trey Williams, 6 car, 65 yards, TD
Receiving – Mike Evans, 5 rec, 77 yards, 2 TD
Passing – Patton Robinette, 15-for-28, TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Jerron Seymour, 18 car, 53 yards, TD
Receiving – Jordan Matthews, 8 rec, 92 yards
• Saturday’s game marked the first ever meeting between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt on the gridiron.
• Texas A&M now sits just two wins away from 700 all-time. There are 17 FBS programs that have already hit the 700-win mark, five of which are from the SEC in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and Auburn.
• The Aggies have scored 40 points or more in 11 straight games, the longest streak in the FBS.
• TAMU has gained over 400 yards of offense in 20 straight games, a school record and the second-longest streak in the FBS.