DALLAS (AP) -- Quarterback Johnny Manziel accounted for 418 total yards and six touchdowns in three quarters, and Texas A&M overcame a sluggish start to beat SMU 48-3 Saturday.
Manziel threw for four touchdowns and a school-freshman-record 294 yards. He also had 13 carries for 124 yards and a pair of a scoring runs.
Texas A&M (1-1) racked up 605 yards in offense and bounced back after losing its Southeastern Conference opener last week to No. 18 Florida.
SMU (1-2) suffered its most lopsided home loss since 2002, when it dropped a 52-6 contest to Oklahoma State.
Chase Hover kicked a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter for SMU's only points.
Freshman Mike Evans had 123 yards receiving and Uzoma Nwachukwu caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Aggies, who are 11-0-1 against their former Southwest Conference rivals since 1984.
SMU's Zach Line rushed for 104 yards for his 17th career 100-yard game. That is second all-time in school history behind NFL great Eric Dickerson.
Against Florida, Manziel became the Aggies' first freshman starting quarterback in an opener since 1944.
Texas A&M started slow Saturday after a shaky second half against the Gators. The Aggies punted three times in the first quarter and failed on fourth-and-2 from the SMU 34.
Texas A&M's Taylor Bertolet missed a 23-yard field goal before Manziel and the offense put up 20 straight points to close out the first half.
Manziel found Ryan Swope for a 29-yard touchdown pass midway through second quarter.
The dual-threat quarterback then used his running ability two drives later when he scampered up the middle for a 48-yard TD. On the extra point, SMU's Margus Hunt blocked his 16th career kick - which is second all-time in NCAA history.
The 6-foot-8 Hunt set the NCAA record last weekend by blocking his ninth career field goal.
The Aggies stretched their lead to 20-0 when Manziel - who was 20 of 36 passing - scrambled to his right and hooked up with Nwachukwu for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left in the first half.
On Texas A&M's first drive of the second half, Manziel was about to be sacked before he broke free from linebacker Taylor Reed. He scrambled to his left and lofted a pass to Kenric McNeal, who ran in for a 42-yard touchdown.
Manziel added a 15-yard touchdown run and a 12-yard scoring pass to Nwachukwu in the third.
Jameill Showers replaced Manziel on the first drive of the fourth quarter.
Manziel broke the freshman passing record of Kevin Murray, who threw for 280 yards against Rice in 1983.
ABOUT THE WIN
- Today’s 48-3 win over SMU was the first victory of the Kevin Sumlin era at Texas A&M.
- The 48 points scored by A&M is the most the Aggies have ever scored against SMU away from Kyle Field, and the Aggies’ fifth highest scoring outburst ever in the long series between the Aggies and Mustangs.
- It also marked A&M’s first win since joining the Southeastern Conference.
- It’s the first win since the Aggies’ adidas uniform redesign.
- Aggies are now 11-0-1 against SMU since 1985, with four straight wins.
SUMLIN’S OFFENSE ROLLS
The high-tempo offensive attack of Kevin Sumlin rolled up 605 yards on 87 plays (7.0 yards per play) against SMU. The Aggies passed for 380 yards and four TDs and rushed for 225 yards and three TDS, all season highs.
With the game in the balance early in the second quarter, the Aggies scored touchdowns on six of eight drives in the second and third quarter.
For the second straight game, the Aggies were led statistically by its freshmen. Among the freshman statistical leaders were:
- Johnny Manziel (294 passing yards)
- Manziel (124 rushing yards)
- Mike Evans (6 catches for 123 yards)
- Trey Williams (30 KO return yards)
- Manziel (124 all-purpose yards)
- De’Vante Harris (7 tackles)
VETS CONTRIBUTE TOO
Senior wide receivers Uzoma Nwachukwu, Ryan Swope and Kenric McNeal all hit paydirt as they combined for four TD catches. Nwachukwu had scores of 26 and 12 yards, McNeal had a 42-yarder and Swope had a 48-yarder.
It was Swope’s 17th career receiving TD and Nwachukwu’s 13th.
MANZIEL IS MAGIC
Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, starting just his second career game, had a record-setting performance against the Mustangs. Manziel completed 20-of-36 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Among those numbers are freshman records for passing yards and touchdowns. He also rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns which pushed his total offense to 418 yards, which is also a freshman school record and ranks in a tie for No. 7 overall in program history. His 124 yards were the second-highest freshman QB rushing total in school history.
Manziel had his hand in six Aggie touchdowns, four via the air and two by ground.
Freshman Records Broken/Tied
- Passing (280 by Kevin Murray vs. Rice, 1983)
- Total Offense (299 by Murray vs. Rice, 1983)
- Passing TD (4 by Kevin Murray vs. Arkansas, 1983; Jeff Granger vs. Tulsa, 1991; Reggie McNeal vs. Oklahoma, 2002)
mOORE GETS TWO MORE
Aggie junior Damontre Moore, who led the NCAA in quarterback sacks entering the game, added two more traps of Pony QB Garrett Gilbert on Saturday.
Moore has five QB sacks after two games, and is more than halfway to his 2011 total of 8.5 when he ranked No. 21 nationally.
The Aggies also came into the game as the national leader in QB sacks and had four more against SMU. A&M’s season team total is 12.
EVANS MAKES HIS MARK
Redshirt freshman Mike Evans matched the school record for earliest 100-yard receiving game with his six-catch, 123-yard effort in the second game of his freshman campaign against the Ponies. He matched teammate Uzoma Nwachukwu, who had 101 yards against Utah State in game two of the 2009 season.
He is the sixth Aggie freshman to log a 100-yard receiving game, joining Nwachukwu (3), Ryan Tannehill (2), Terrence Murphy (2), Kerry Franks, Brandal Jackson and Ryan Matthews.
EPPERSON HAS ANOTHER STRONG GAME
Senior punter Ryan Epperson had another strong game with a 44.6 average on five boots, including two punts that were downed inside the SMU 20.
For the season, Epperson has put four of his 11 punts inside the 20 with no touchbacks. Only two of his punts have been returned and for only three yards.
The Aggies’ season net punt average stands at 47.2 after two games. Last year, the Aggies were No. 94 nationally with a 35.0 net punt average.
Captains, 12th Man
- Game captains for the Aggies were: senior center Patrick Lewis, senior safety Steven Terrell, senior linebacker Sean Porter, senior wide receiver Ryan Swope and redshirt freshman placekicker Taylor Bertolet.
- The 12th Man for the second straight game was sophomore Justin Bass, a linebacker from Plano East HS.