After a slow start, the Texas A&M offense got on track in the second quarter and cruised to a 48-3 rout of the SMU Mustangs on Saturday in Dallas. Johnny Manziel passed for 294 yards and 4 TDs and added 124 yards and 2 TDs on the ground in three quarters of play to lead the Aggies. The Texas A&M defense dominated the Ponies the whole game, holding the Mustangs to 309 yards with much of that after the game had been decided.
The first three Aggies possessions of the game ended in punts and on the fourth possession the Aggies turned the ball over on downs. The SMU offense was even less effective, forced to punt four times in the first quarter against a tough Aggie defense.
On that fourth SMU punt on the last play of the first quarter, Texas A&M return man Dustin Harris fumbled the punt, Aggie C.J. Jones recovered the fumble and lateralled the ball to Trey Williams who took it to the SMU 42-yard line. The Aggies drove to the SMU 5-yard line before Taylor Bertolet missed a 23-yard field goal.
After another SMU 3-and-out gave the Aggies the ball at their 39-yard line early in the second quarter, Johnny Manziel passed to Ryan Swope and Swope took it 29 yards for a touchdown, culminating a 9-play, 61-yard Aggie scoring drive. The extra point by Taylor Bertolet gave Texas A&M a 7-0 lead with at the 8:31 mark in the second quarter.
After a couple of more SMU punts, the Aggies started their possession with good field position at the SMU 48-yard line. On the Aggies first play of the drive, Johnny Manziel scrambled 48 yards for an Aggie touchdown. Bertolet's extra point was blocked, leaving Texas A&M with a 13-0 with 3:26 left in the second quarter.
On the ensuing SMU possession, a long Garrett Gilbert pass attempt was intercepted by Aggie defensive back Tramain Jacobs at the Texas A&M 27-yard line.
Texas A&M took advantage of the turnover, driving 73 yards in 7 plays, with Johnny Manziel connecting with Uzoma Nwachukwu for a 29-yard touchdown reception. Bertolet's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 20-0 with 1:03 left in the first half.
Facing an Aggie prevent defense, SMU drove to the Texas A&M 31-yard line before missing a 48-yard field attempt to end the first half with Texas A&M holding a 20-0 lead.
At the half, Texas A&M dominated the stat sheet, leading in total yards, 317 to 109, and in first downs, 12 to 6.
For Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel had completed 13 of 26 passes for 212 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed for 82 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries. Mike Evans had caught 6 passes for 133 yards and Ryan Swope had 3 passes for 47 yards and 1 TD.
For SMU, Garrett Gilbert had completed 11 of 26 passes for just 79 yards.
On Texas A&M's first possession of the second half, Johnny Manziel escaped from a blitzing SMU linebacker and threw a 42-yard TD pass to Kenric McNeal. Bertolet's extra point gave the Aggies a 27-0 lead with 10:31 left in the third quarter.
SMU responded by driving to the Aggie 4-yard line before being forced to settle for a 25-yard Chase Hover field goal to put the Ponies on the board, Texas A&M 27 SMU 3.
It was the Johnny Manziel and Trey Williams show the next Aggie possession, as the Aggies drove 75 yards in 9 plays, all on the ground, with Williams rushing for 33 yards and Manziel scrambling for 42 yards, including 15 for a Texas A&M touchdown. Bertolet's extra point gave the Aggies a commanding 34-3 lead with 4:27 to go in the third quarter.
After a 3-and-out by SMU, the SMU punt was returned by Dustin Harris 36 yards to the SMU 24-yard line. Johnny Manziel tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu and Bertolet's extra point gave Texas A&M a 41-3 lead with just under a minute left in the third quarter.
Jameill Showers came on at quarterback for Texas A&M in the fourth quarter and led a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive, with freshman Trey Williams scoring the first of what will likely be many touchdowns during his Aggie career, this on a 2-yard run. Bertolet's extra gave Texas A&M a 48-3 with 9:31 left in the fourth quarter, and this would be the final score.
Texas A&M picks up their first win of the 2012 season and the first win of the Kevin Sumlin era.
The Aggies more than doubled SMU in total yards, 615 to 307, and led in first downs, 26-17.
For Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel completed 20 of 36 passes for 294 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 124 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries. The Aggies had 10 players catches passes, led by Mike Evans with 6 for 123 yards, Ryan Swope 5 for 70 yards and 1 TD, Kenric McNeal 2 for 55 yards and 1 TD, and Uzoma Nwachukwu 2 for 38 yards both for TDs. Trey Williams led Aggie running backs with 42 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Ben Malena added 34 yards on 8 carries.
For SMU, Garrett Gilbert completed 23 of 49 passes for 203 yards with no TDs and 1 INT. Zach Line rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries. Darius Johnson and Keenan Holman both had 5 catches for 52 yards.
Texas A&M (1-1) hosts South Carolina State next Saturday at Kyle Field.