In what promised to be a high scoring affair, No. 22 Texas A&M faced No 23. Louisiana Tech in Shreveport on Saturday night.
Texas A&M rolled to a 27-0 lead midway through the second quarter, then survived a furious Louisiana Texch comeback to win a nail-biter 59-57.
Johnny Manziel passed for 394 yards and 3 TDs and rushed for 181 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Aggies, overcoming a 21-catch, 233-yard, 4-TD receiving performance from La Tech's Quinton Patton.
Texas A&M scored on their first five possessions, three touchdowns then two field goals, to open up a 27-0 lead at the 8:21 mark in the second quarter.
Texas A&M received The Opening kickoff and it two less than two minutes to get on the scoreboard, when Christine Michael took the ball up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown run.
One their next possession, the Aggies dorve 66 yards in 10 plays, with Johnny Manziel connecting with LeKendrick Williams for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Johnny Manziel completing a 9-play, 61-yard drive with a 15-yard scramble for a touchdown.
The next two Aggie possessings finished with Taylor Bertolet field goals, the first from 26 yards and the second a massive 54-yarder.
Louisiana Tech finally sustained a drive, going 75 yards in 10 plays, and Colby Cameron completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Quinton Pattonm to cut the Aggie lead to 27-7 with 5:32 left in the first half.
It took Texas A&M just one play to respond, when Johnny Manziel connected with a stretched out Mike Evans for a 75-yard touchdown to give the Aggies a 34-7 lead.
Louisiana Tech mounted a 9-play, 75-yard drive, and Kenneth Dixon scoring a touchdown on a 6-yard run. The extra point attempt was blocked by Aggie defensive end Damontre Moore and Dustin Harris returned it for a two-point Aggie conversion to make the score Texas A&M 36, LaTech 13.
Texas A&M drive to the La Tech 10-yard line before Taylor Bertolet kicked his third field goal of the first half, this from 28 yards, to give the Aggies a 39-13 lead with 45 seconds left in the half.
La Tech was able to drive to the Aggie 26-yard line and Matt Nelson kicked a 43-yard field goal to end the first half with Texas A&M leading 39-16.
Texas A&M had 429 yards in the first half to LaTech's 250.
In first half, Johnny Manziel completed 15 of 22 passes for 271 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 79 yards and 1 TD n 10 carries.
On their second possession of the second half, La Tech drove 74 yards in 12 plays, and Colby Cameron lobbed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Quinton Patton to cut the Aggie lead to 39-23.
Johnny Manziel led the Aggies on a 65-yard drive and scored on a 1-yard scramble to give Texas A&M a 46-23 lead.
La Tech drove 75 yards in 10 plays, with Colby Cameron again connecting with Quinton Patton for a touchdown, this from 5 yards out to cut the Aggie lead to sixteeen, 46-30.
Early in the fourth quarter, La Tech drove 69 yards in 7 plays, and Kenneth Dixon scored a touchdown on a 21-yard run. La Tech went for two and converted on a Colby Ameron bootleg to pull La Tech to within eight, 46-38.
On the ensuing Aggie possession, a Johnny Manziel screen pass attempt was intercepted by La Tech defensive lineman Shakeil Lucas who returned it 7 yards for a a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was intercepted by Aggie defensive back Dustin Harris, leaving A&M with a slim 2-point lead, 46-44, with 12:29 left in the game.
Johnny Manziel and the Aggie responded , driving 82 yards in 10 plays, converting three third downs, and Manziel found Thomas Johnson in the corner of the endzone for an Aggie touchdown. Taylor Bertolet's extra point made it a two-score game, with the Aggies leading 53-44.
A 71-yard La Tech punt pinned the Aggies at their 1-yard line. Johnny Manziel completed a 29-yard pass to Mike Evans. Facing 3rd-and-23 at their 28-yard line, Johnny Manziel scrambled 72 yards for an Aggie touchdown. Taylor Bertolet lissed the extra point leaving Texas A&M with a 59-44 lead with with 2:04 left in the game.
After a 38-yard La Tech kickoff return, Colby Cameron threw a pass to a crossing Quinton Patton who escaped for a 62-yard touchdown. Nelson's extra point pulled La Tech to within a score, 58-51.
La Tech kicked an on-side kick and recovered at their 46-yard line with 1:46 left in the game.
It took La Tech six plays and 1:08 to drive for a potentially tying touchdown, with Colby Cameron throwing a 13-yard touchdown to Ray Holley to pull La Tech to within two, 59-57. Colby Cameron;s two-point conversion pass attempt fell incomplete leaving the Aggies with a 2-point lead.
La Tech attempted another on-side kick but Ben Malena recovered the ball on one hop. Johnny Manziel to a knew to preserve a wild 49-57 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Texas A&M finished with 690 yards, 396 passing and 294 rushing, to go along with their 24 first downs. Louisiana Tech came back from a slow start to total 616 yards, 449 passing and 167 rushing, with 36 first downs.
For Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel completed 24 of 40 passes for 394 yards and 3 TDs with 1 INT and rushed for 181 yards and 3 TDs on 19 carries. Johnny completed passes for 9 different players, led by Mike Evans who caught 4 passes for 137 yards and 1 TD. Christine Michael rushed for 65 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries. Ben Malena added 44 yards on 13 carries.
For Louisiana Tech, Colby Cameron completed 44 of 58 passes for 449 yards and 5 TDs. Quinton Patton caught 21 passes for 233 yards and 4 TDs. Kenneth Dixon rushed for 111 yards and 2 TDs on 18 carries.
Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC) comes host to host LSU next Saturday in a huge SEC matchup..