Manziel leads No. 16 Texas A&M to 38-13 Rout of No. 15 Mississippi State
 

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Johnny Manziel threw for 311 yards and ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 16 Texas A&M to a 38-13 victory over No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday.

38 - 13
Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, Mississippi
Attendance: 55,240 • Temperature: 72˚
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1 2 3 4  
A&M   (7-2, 4-2) 14 10 7 7 38
MSU   (7-2, 3-2) 0 0 7 6 13
 Stats at a Glance
A&M MSU
First Downs 36 15
Rushes-Yards 58-361 27-98
Passing Yards 332 212
Passing A-C-I 39-32-0 30-19-1
Total Yards 693 310
Fumbles 1-1 1-0
Interceptions 1 0
Punts 1-44.0 5-46.0
3rd Downs 9-16 2-10
4th Downs 2-3 0-2
Sacks 1-6 1-9
TOP 32:52 27:08
 Individual Leaders
RUSHING
A&M - Johnny Manziel 21 rushes, 129 yards, 2 TDs
MSU - LaDarius Perkins 13 carries, 42 yards
PASSING
A&M - Johnny Manziel 30-36, 311 yards
MSU - Tyler Russell 19-30, 212 yards, TD, INT
RECEIVING
A&M - Ryan Swope 9 catches, 121 yards
MSU - Arceto Clark 5 catches, 64 yards
DEFENSE
A&M - Dustin Harris 8 tackles, 1 TFL
MSU - Benardrick McKinney 14 tackles

Manziel, a redshirt freshman, completed 30 of 36 passes. He ran for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter that helped the Aggies build a 31-0 lead by early in the second half.

The Southeastern Conference's leading rusher added an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC) has won all five of its road games this season. Christine Michael ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Swope caught nine passes for 121 yards, and Mike Evans caught nine for 97 yards.

The Aggies' quick-tempo offense ran 97 plays and gained 693 total yards. Mississippi State had just 310 total yards.

Tyler Russell completed 19 of 30 passes for 212 yards, with one touchdown and one interception for Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2), which has lost two in a row.

Mississippi State's defense had been one of the best in the SEC this season -- especially in the secondary -- but was blitzed early and often by the Aggies' unpredictable offense.

Manziel completed mostly short passes in the first half, but hit on a few long ones. When the Bulldogs dropped too far back into pass coverage, the speedy freshman gained yards with his feet -- like his long scamper that pushed the Aggies' lead to 21-0 in the second quarter.

By halftime, Manziel had completed 18 of 22 passes for 164 yards, and the Aggies had a 24-0 lead.

If there was any doubt about the outcome, Texas A&M cleared that up with the first drive of the third quarter, cruising 75 yards on nine plays and scoring on a 1-yard run by Michael to push the lead to 31-0.

Now a little more than halfway through his first season at Texas A&M, coach Kevin Sumlin's offense is operating with impressive efficiency. Over the past six weeks, the Aggies have scored 58 points on Arkansas, 59 on Louisiana Tech, 63 on Auburn and now 38 on the Bulldogs.

The Aggies' fast-paced offense had Mississippi State's defense on its heels all afternoon. They were very balanced, gaining 361 yards on the ground and 332 through the air.

It was a crushing loss for the Bulldogs, who started the season 7-0 and had aspirations of competing for the SEC Western Division title.

But the Bulldogs have absorbed lopsided losses to Alabama and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks, and it doesn't get any easier with a road game against LSU next weekend.

Russell threw for just 29 yards in the first half. By the time he had some success it was too late. Russell threw a 14-yard pass to Chad Bumphis in the third quarter and added a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

LaDarius Perkins led the Bulldogs with 42 yards rushing, and Arceto Clark caught five passes for 64 yards.

Post-Game Notes

ABOUT THE WIN

• The Aggies improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference with today’s 38-13 win over Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.
• It was A&M’s first-ever victory in Starkville, Miss. It was also A&M’s first trip to Starkville.
• The win improves the Aggies’ record away from Kyle Field in 2012 to 5-0.
• Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s winning streak away from his home field im­proved to 11 straight -- six at Houston in 2011 and five at Texas A&M in 2012.
• Sumlin improved his overall record to 5-3 against top 25 teams, and the 2012 Aggies improved to 2-2 against the top 25.
• The win over No. 17 Mississippi State (Associated Press) was the Aggies high­est ranked road win since beating No. 11 Texas in Austin, 12-7, in 2006.

OFFENSE ROLLS AGAIN

The Texas A&M offense rolled again with 693 total yards on 90 plays. It was the eighth straight game with 400-plus yards, which is a school record (previous best was six games).

400+ Total Yards Streak
at SMU - 605
South Carolina State - 448
Arkansas - 716
at Ole Miss - 481
vs. Louisiana Tech - 678
LSU - 410
at Auburn - 671
at Mississippi State - 693

MISCELLANEOUS

• Redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel accounted for 440 total yards, including 129 on the ground and 311 through the air.
• Senior WR Ryan Swope had his second straight 100-yard receiving game with 121 yards on nine catches. Last week, he had 140 yards and two scores on six catches. In his last three games, Swope has contributed 25 catches for 342 yards and two TDs.
• The Aggies scored first against Mississip­pi State marking the 14th straight game that A&M has scored the initial points of the game.
• With a 1-yard TD run by Ben Malena on the Aggies’ first offensive possession of the game, A&M has now scored a TD on its first drive in six straight games.
• A&M has scored on its first drive in seven of nine games in 2012.
• In the first half of the past two games, A&M scored on 10 of 12 drives with nine TDs and a field goal. Both non-scoring drives ended with missed field goals.  

ALL-BLACK UNIS

The Aggie players were surprised to learn when they arrived at Davis Wade Stadium today that they were wearing specially-designed all-black uniforms for the matchup with Mississippi State. De­signed by adidas, the uniform is a mirror image of the Aggies’ usual uniform ex­cept with black as the primary colors and maroon trim. The helmet design was a collaborative effort between Riddell and Hydro Graphics Inc., and fades from black to maroon. The Lone Star logo design on the helmet is a fusion of the school’s tra­ditional “TAM” mark within the state of Texas outline, which was unveiled as a part of the base adidas uniform back in July.

“With Mississippi State receiving a special exemption to wear white uni­forms at home, we were approached by adidas with an opportunity to do some­thing very exciting and distinctive for this game, without straying too far away from our traditional look,” Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “I know the players are pumped and ready for this big game, and I think the recruits will like the new look.”

Today’s game marked the first time the Aggies haven’t worn maroon or white in a game in more than 80 years when A&M’s school colors were red and white.

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 senior 12th Man CJ JONES. Mississippi State won the toss and elected to receive. A&M has lost the toss in seven straight games. It was the first time the Aggies have kicked off first in 2012.
• Making his fifth 2012 start and 17th of his career at 12th Man was defensive back C.J. JONES, a senior from Klein For­est HS in Houston.

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