Manziel leads A&M to 59-29 rout of Missouri

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Posted Nov 25, 2012


Leading Heisman candidate Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores as No. 9 Texas A&M routed Missouri 59-29 on Saturday night at Kyle Field. The Aggies scored TDs on their first six drives to build a 42-7 halftime lead and then coasted in the second half to it tenth win over the season.

Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores as No. 9 Texas A&M routed Missouri 59-29 on Saturday night at Kyle Field.

The Aggies (10-2, 6-2 SEC) scored touchdowns on their first six drives to build a 42-7 halftime lead and then coasted in the second half to an SEC home win over Missouri. It marks the first 10-win season for Texas A&M since 1998.

As in many games this season, Texas A&M scored a touchdown on their first possession. Manziel marched the Aggies 83 yards in 8 plays, the big play being a 39-yard completion from Manziel to Kenric McNeal, before Christine Michael dove into the endzone from one yard out. Taylor Bertolet's extra point gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead a little over two minutes into the game.

On their second possession the Aggies drove 87 yards in 15 plays., with Ben Malena scoring on a 2-yard run. Bertolet's extra point made it 14-0 Aggies with 5:09 left in the first quarter.

After a Missouri 3-and-out, the Aggies had a huge scare on their third possession when Manziel twisted a knee on a 7-yard run. Manziel limped from the field and Jameill Showers temporarily took over for the Aggies at quarterback. On Showers first play from scrimmage, Christine Michael exploded for a 38-yard touchdown run, and Bertolet's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 21-0 with 3:20 to go in the first quarter.

Johnny Manziel missed just four plays before returning with a brace on his left knee. And it didn't seem to slow him down a bit. Johnny threw touchdown passes on three straight possessions in the second quarter, four yards to Ryan Swope, five yards to Mike Evans, and eight yards to Uzoma Nwachukwu, the thrid making it 42-0 with still 3:33 left in the first half.

Missouri finally got on the scoreboard, driving 79 yards in 12 plays, with Kendial Lawrence scoring on a 4-yard run just before halftime to make the score 42-7.

Missouri scored a field goal on their opening possession of the second half, and Texas A&M responded, driving 75 yards in 12 plays with Manziel scoring on an 18-yard run, leaving Texas A&M with a 49-10 lead midway through the third quarter.

After forcing another Missouri punt, Texas A&M drove to the Tiger 14-yard line before Taylor Bertolet kicked a 50-yard field goal to extend A&M's lead to 52-10 with 3:25 to go in the third quarter.

Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington but Texas A&M blocked the extra point attempt, leaving the Aggies leading 52-16 with 2:29 left in the third quarter.

Johnny Manziel threw an interception, his only miscue of the game, and Missouri took advantage of the turnover, driving 44 yards in 8 plays, with Berkstresser scoring on a 1-yard run. Andrew Baggett's extra point reduced the Aggie lead to 52-23 early in the fourth quarter.

Texas A&M quickly hit back going 75 yards in 6 plays, and Manziel scored his fifth touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run to extend the Aggie lead to 59-22 with 12:02 left in the game.

Missouri scored once more midway through the fourth quarter with Corbin Berkstresser throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, making the final score Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29.

The win snaps A&M's three-game losing streak to Missouri (5-7, 2-6 SEC), and will keep the Tigers from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2004.

For Texas A&M, leading Heisman candidate Johnny Manziel completed 32 of 44 passes for 372 yards and 3 TDs with 1 INT and rushed for 67 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries. Malcome Kennedy had a big game catching 7 passes for 110 yards hile freshman Mike Evans surpassed 1,000 yards for the season y catching 8 passes for 99 yards. Kenric McNeal added 3 catches for 76 yards. True freshman Trey Williams led Aggie running backs with 66 yards, while Christine Michael had 60 yards and 2 TDs and Ben Malena added 46 yards and 1 TD.

Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser started for Missouri with James Franklin out after having a concussion last week. He threw for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Missouri's Kendial Lawrence had 16 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown to surpass 1,000 yards rushing this season.

The Aggies are hoping that Saturday's performance will give Johnny Manziel a final push before Heisman voting closes.

Texas A&M sent this special Aggie senior class out in style, winning its tenth game in a season for the first time since 1998.

Texas A&M now sits back and waits to see what bowl game awaits. The Aggies can make this an 11-win season with a bowl game victory.



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