Texas A&M survived six turnovers and came back from ten points down midway through the fourth quarter to escape from Oxford, Mississippi with a hard fought 30-27 win over the Ole Miss Rebels.
Johnny Manziel passed for 191 yards and rushed for 129 more, Ben Malena rushed for 141 yards and 1 TD, and Mike Evans caught 8 passes for 105 yards to lead the 4-1 Aggies to their first SEC road win.
It took Texas A&M just 49 seconds to get on the scoreboard when Ben Malena broke free for a 59-yard touchdown run. Taylor Bertolet's extra point gave the Aggies an early 7-0 lead.
Ole Miss responded by driving 70 yards in 15 plays, with Rebel running back Jeff Scott scoring on a 1-yard run. The extra point by Bryson Rose tied the game 7-7 at the 8:32 mark in the first quarter.
The next Aggie drive ended when running back Christine Michael fumbled and Rebel defensive end Cameron Whigham recovered at the Texas A&M 45-yard line. Ole Miss drove to the Aggie 29-yard line before Bryson Rose kicked a 46-yard field goal to give the Rebels a 10-7 lead with 6:07 left in the first quarter.
Texas A&M drove to the Ole Miss 22-yard line, where on a 4th-and-1 Ben Malena was dropped for a loss, turning the ball over to the Rebels on downs.
After an Ole Miss punt, Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw his first interception of the season, when Rebel defensive back Dehendret Collins picked off a pass attempt and was tackled at the Texas A&M 19-yard line.
The Aggies forced an Ole Miss punt, then the Aggie offense drove from their 15-yard line to the Ole Miss 1-yard line before having to settle for a 19-yard Taylor Bertolet field goal to tie the score 10-10 with 10:09 left in the second quarter.
With a little over four minutes left in the first half, Rebel quarterback Bo Wallace connected with Randall Mackey for a 68-yard pass completion. On the next play, Wallace scrambled 14 yards for a Rebel touchdown. Bryson's extra point gave Ole Miss a 17-10 lead.
The Aggies looked to be driving for a score when receiver Ryan Swope fumbled and Rebel defensive back Trae Elston recovered at the Texas A&M 14-yard line.
Ole Miss picked up a couple of first downs before a Bo Wallace pass attempt was intercepted by Aggie linebacker Steven Jenkins who returned it 37 yards for a Texas A&M touchdown. Bertolet's extra point tied the game 17-17, and Ole Miss ran out the clock to end the first half.
Ole Miss received The Opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Aggie 10-yard line but the Aggie defense stiffened and the Rebels' Bryson Rose kicked a 27-yard field goal to take a 20-17 lead with 7:36 left in the third quarter.
Texas A&M drove to the the Rebel 3-yard line, looking likely to get a tying or go-ahead score, when Johnny Manziel was sacked, fumbled, and Ole Miss recovered at the Ole Miss 21-yard line.
Texas A&M forced a punt, but the Rebel punt was fumbled by Aggie punt returner Dustin Harris and Ole Miss recovered at the Aggie 5-yard line. Bo Wallace threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief and Rose's extra point extended the Rebel lead to 27-17 four seconds into the fourth quarter.
The Aggies again drove into Rebel territory before Johnny Manziel threw his second interception of the night, picked off by Cody Prewitt who returned it to the Ole Miss 27-yard line.
After the Aggie defense forced a Rebel punt that was fair caught by Dustin harris at the Aggie 12-yard line, Texas A&M took over with 8:35 left in the game, down 10 points, 27-17, and 88 yards from the Rebel endzone.
The Aggie hole grew even deeper when Johnny Manziel was sacked just outside the endzone, a play that had to be reviewed to confirm it was not a safety.
A 2-yard gain by Ben Malena left Texas A&M facing 3rd-and-19 from their 3-yard line. Johnny Manziel somehow found Mike Evans for a leaping 32-yard catch and critical first down. Next play Ben Malena reeled off a 36-yard run to the Ole Miss 29-yard line. Next play Johnny Manziel scambled 29 yards for an Aggie touchdown. Three plays, 99 and a half yards! Taylor Bertolet's extra point missed, leving the Aggies still trailing by four, 27-23, with 6:24 left in the game.
Ole Miss went on the ground in an attempt to run time off the clock. After picking up one first down, facing a 4th-and-inches at 39-yard line, Ole Miss went for it but running back Jeff Scott was tackled for no gain, giving Texas A&M the ball at Ole Miss 39-yard line with 3:02 left in the game.
Johnny Manziel hit Mike Evans for 12 yards and a first down to the Ole Miss 27-yard line. Ben Malena had a 9-yard run before a 2-yard loss. Facing a 3rd-and-3, Johnny Manziel threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Swope. Taylor Bertolet's extra point gave the Aggies a 30-27 lead with 1:46 left in the game.
Ole Miss got a pretty good lickoff return to their 28-yard line. Two Bo Wallace completions totalling 40 yards moved the ball to the Aggie 32-yard line, needing only a field goal to tie. That's when the Aggie defense came up big once again, with Tony Hurd Jr intercepting a Bo Wallace pass.
Texas A&M took two snaps to run out the clock and come away with an improbable 30-27 SEC road win over the Ole Miss Rebels.
Statistically the game was as close as on the score board. Texas A&M and Ole Miss both had 24 first downs, while the Aggies edged the Rebels in total yards, 481 to 464. Texas A&M had 290 yards rushing and 191 yards passing, while Ole Miss had 159 yards rushing and 305 yards passing.
Texas A&M suffered 6 turnovers, consisting of 4 fumbles and 2 interceptions, while Ole Miss only had 2 turnovers, both interceptions.
For Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel completed 17 of 26 passes for 191 yards and 1 TD with 2 INTs, and rushed for 129 yards and 1 TD on 20 carries. Ben Malena rushed for 141 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries. Mike Evans caught 8 passes for 105 yards while Ryan Swope caught 2 passes for 58 yards and 1 TD. Trey Williams averaged 32 yards a kickoff return on 3 returns.
For Ole Miss, Bo Wallace completed 20 of 34 passes for 304 yards and 1 TD with 2 INTs. Jeff Scott rushed for 108 yards and 1 TD on 21 carries. Vince Sanders caught 5 passes for 81 yards while Dontre Moncrief caught 6 passes for 73 yards and 1 TD.
Texas A&M (4-1, 2-1 SEC) has won four games in a row and now prepares to face undefeated Louisiana Tech next Saturday night.