No. 16 Texas A&M went into Starkville, Mississippi, and dominated the No. 15 Mississippi State Bulldogs, opening up a 24-0 halftime lead, then cruising to a 38-13 SEC road win. Johnny Manziel passed for 311 yards and rushed for 129 yards to lead the Aggies.
The Texas A&M offense scored touchdowns on its first three possessions while the Aggie defense shut down the Bulldog offense to give Texas A&M a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Aggies' first drive went 73 yards in 10 plays with Ben Malena scoring on a 1-yard run.
The Aggies' third drive went 87 yards in 11 players with Johnny Manziel scoring on one of those amazing 37-yard scrambles.
Mississippi State finally got a little bit of offense, driving to the A&M 11-yard line before a pass attempt on 4th-and-3 fell incomplete, turning the ball over on downs. The Aggies drove 83 yards to the Bulldog 6-yard line before settling for a 24-yard Taylor Bertolet field goal to give the Aggies a 24-0 lead with 2:53 left in the first half.
After A&M forced another 3-and-out by Mississippi State, the Aggies got the ball on their 16-yard line with 1:24 to go before halftime. Texas A&M drove to the Mississippi State 15-yard line before Taylor Bertolet missed a 33-yard field goal on the last play of the first half.
At the half, Texas A&M led in total yards, 386 to 87, and in first downs, 22 to 5.
Johnny Manziel had completed 18 of 22 passes for 164 yards and rushed for 82 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries. Ben Malena had 51 yards on 8 carries. Ryan Swope had 5 passes for 59 yards, Mike Evans had 4 catches for 44 yards, and Thomas Johnson had 3 catcdhes for 30 yards and a run for 33 yards.
Texas A&M received the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 75 plays in 9 plays with Christine Michael scoring his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run to give the Aggies a 31-0 lead.
After an exchange of punts, Mississippi State finally got on the scoreboard, driving 58 yards in four plays, with Tyler Russell throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Chad Bumphis that cut the Aggie lead to 31-7 at the 8:01 mark in the third quarter.
Texas A&M responded by drving to the Mississippi State 2-yard line where on 3rd-and-goal Johnny Manziel was ruled to have fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line for a touchback. The replay clearly showed that Manziel had scored before fumbling but the play was not overturned.
Mississippi drove to the Aggie 27-yard line before a Tyler Russell pass was intercepted by Aggie defensive back DeVante Harris. The Aggies drove to the Bulldog 25-yard line before Taylor Bertolet missed another field goal, this from 43 yards.
Mississippi State drove 75 yards in 9 plays and Tyler Russell scored on a 4-yard run to cut the Aggie lead to 31-13 with 9:11 to go in the game.
The Aggies used 9 plays to move 65 yards for another A&M touchdown, with Johnny Manziel scoring on a 8-yard run to extend the Aggie lead to 38-13 with 5:30 left in the game.
A couple of more Aggie defensive stops to end the game with Texas A&M leaving Starkville with a dominant 38-13 SEC road win over Mississippi State.
Texas A&M rolled up 693 yards of total offense, more than doubling Mississippi State;s 310 yards, and led in first downs, 36-15.
For Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel completed 30 of 36 passes for 311 yards and rushed for 129 yards and 2 TDs on 21 carries. Ben Malena rushed for 112 yards and 1 TD on 17 carries. The Aggies had a pair of 9-catch receivers in Ryan Swope with 121 yards and Mike Evans with 97 yards . Thomas Johnson had 4 catches for 39 yards and a run for 33 yards.
For Mississippi State, Tyler Russell completed 19 of 30 passes for 212 yards and 1 TD with 1 INT and rushed for 7 yards and 1 TD on 4 carries. The Bulldogs were held tyo 98 yards rushing, led by LaDarius Perkins with 42 yards on 13 carries. Arceto Clark led Bulldog receivers with 64 yards on 5 carries.
Texas A&M improves to 7-2 for the year, 4-2 in the SEC, and now has an opportunity to shock the college football worldd as they prepare to face No. 1 Alabama next Saturday in a nationally televised game.