COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)-- Johnny Football needed a little more than a half to pile up five touchdowns in a record-setting day.
||28 - 47
Kyle Field • College Station
Attendance: 87,101 • Temperature: 66˚
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| Stats at a Glance
| Individual Leaders
|SHSU - Tim Flanders
||21 rushes, 64 yds, TD
|A&M - Johnny Manziel
||16 rushes 100 yds, 2 TD
|SHSU - Brian Bell
||14-30, 150 yds, TD, INT
|A&M - Johnny Manziel
||14-20, 267 yds, 3 TD, INT
|SHSU - Trey Diller
||6 catches, 74 yards
|A&M - Uzoma Nwachukwu
||4 catches, 160 yards, TD
|SHSU - Darnell Taylor
|A&M - Jonathan Mathis
Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores as Texas A&M (No. 8 BCS, No. 9 AP) beat Sam Houston State 47-28 Saturday.
The win was the ninth of the year for the Aggies and gives first-year A&M coach Kevin Sumlin the winningest debut season in school history. Sumlin had been tied with R.C. Slocum (8-4 in 1989) and D.X. Bible (8-0 in 1917).
The redshirt freshman with the cool nickname threw an 89-yard touchdown pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu on A&M's first offensive play of the second half. The dual-threat quarterback then attempted the extra point, but it sailed wide right, ending the Heisman hopeful's day with A&M (9-2) leading 40-0.
He broke the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 set by Missouri's Brad Smith in 2002, and the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 set in 2000 by Jared Lorenzen on A&M's first drive. He also became the fifth player and first freshman in FBS history to pass for at least 3,000 yards with at least 1,000 yards rushing in a season.
His 4,161 yards are a school record for total offense in a season.
A week after their stunning upset of top-ranked Alabama, the Aggies (9-2) led by seven after one, and used a 27-point second quarter to build a big lead over last year's FCS runner-up.
Sam Houston State (8-3), which has already clinched a share of the Southland Conference title this year, saw a seven-game winning streak snapped with the loss. It's their last regular-season game before they return to the playoffs next week.
Manziel got Texas A&M going when he found Mike Evans on a 7-yard pass on the first drive to make it 7-0.
The Aggies had to punt on their next two possessions before the offense started rolling again. Manziel hooked up with Evans again, this time on a 10-yard strike, to push the lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter. Manziel had a 22-yard run and the Aggies got 13 extra yards at the end of it after a personal foul penalty on Darnell Taylor earlier in that drive.
Running back Christine Michael was ejected at the end of the play where Evans scored his second touchdown. Michael, a senior, and some Sam Houston players were pushing each other before Michael threw a punch.
Daxton Swanson intercepted Manziel later in the second quarter. It was Manziel's first interception since Oct. 20 against LSU, and gave Swanson a school-record-tying 13 for his career.
The Bearkats couldn't take advantage of the miscue, and Bell was intercepted by A&M's Donnie Baggs three plays later.
Manziel used his feet on the next score, dashing in from 4 yards out. Taylor Bertolet missed the extra point to leave the score at 20-0.
Nwachukwu had a 40-yard catch to start Texas A&M's next drive, and Trey Williams extended the lead to 27-0 with a 6-yard touchdown run.
Linebacker Sean Porter forced a fumble and recovered it on Sam Houston State's first play after Williams' touchdown. Nwachukwu, who finished with 160 yards receiving, had a 19-yard catch and run before Manziel hopped into the end zone untouched on a 1-yard run to make it 34-0 at halftime.
Backup Jameill Showers connected with LeKendrick Williams for an 80-yard touchdown pass on his first play after Manziel left the game to extend the lead to 47-0 early in the third.
Timothy Flanders had a 2-yard touchdown run for Sam Houston State in the third quarter, and the Bearkats added three scores against A&M's backups in the fourth quarter.
about the win
The Aggies' 47-28 win over Sam Houston State improved their season record to
9-2, and A&M will be seeking its first 10-win season since 1998 when the
Aggies host Missouri next Saturday.
It was the Aggies' first win at Kyle Field since the month of September they
tallied a 58-10 win over Arkansas on Sept. 29. A&M played five of their
last six games away from Kyle Field, and compiled a 5-0 record in those road
A&M improved to 11-0-0 against Sam Houston State.
Ninth win Gives sumlin top Debut season
Today's win was the ninth of the year for the Aggies and gives first-year
A&M coach Kevin Sumlin the winningest debut season in school history.
Sumlin had been tied with R.C. Slocum (8-4 in 1989) and D.X. Bible (8-0 in
Manziel makes history
Redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel became the first SEC player, first freshman
and fifth NCAA FBS player to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards
in a season. The other four FBS quarterbacks were Vince Young of Texas in 2005,
Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan in 2007, Colin Kaepernick of Nevada in 2010
and Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois.
Manziel was a scoring machine against the FCS Sam Houston State Bearkats, accounting
for five touchdowns -- three through the air and two on the ground.
Manziel logged his eighth straight game with 300 or more total yards, while
breaking the school record for total offense in a season. He's generated 4,161
total yards which broke the old mark of 4,085 set by Jerrod Johnson in 2009.
Manziel is the third Q&M QB to surpass the 4,000-yard plateau in school
Manziel rushed for 100 yards and two scores on 16 carries, marking his sixth
100-yard rushing game of the season. For the season, Manziel has rushed for
1,114 yards and 17 touchdowns, which is a QB school record and ranks No. 10
overall in the A&M record book.
He passed for 267 yards and two scores on 14-of-20 passing against SHSU. It was
his sixth straight 200-yard passing game, and the eighth 200+ game of the
season. For the season, Manziel has passed for 3,047 yards and 21 TDs. Manziel
is the third A&M QB to surpass the 3,000-yard plateau in a season, joining
Ryan Tannehill (3,744 in 2011) and Jerrod Johnson (3,579 in 2009).
Nwachukwu hits 2,000 yards with style
Senior WR Uzoma Nwachukwu had a huge day while becoming the fourth Aggie to
surpass the 2,000-yard plateau in career receiving yards. Nwachukwu posted a
career-high 160 yards and a touchdown on four catches. His previous best
receiving game was 141 vs. Oklahoma State as a freshman in 2009. The previous
three Aggies with 2,000 yards were Jeff Fuller, Ryan Swope and Terrence Murphy.
Trends and Notables
Senior WR Ryan Swope grabbed one catch for six yards against Sam Houston State,
giving him at least one catch in 43 straight games. The school record is 46 by
Jeff Fuller, who had at least one catch in every game of his career.
Redshirt freshman WR Mike Evans led the Aggies with six catches (for 81 yards
and two touchdowns), giving him at least four catches in every game this
season. He matched the 11-game streak of four-catch efforts set by Jeff Fuller
over the 2009-10 seasons.
The Aggies rolled up 527 yards of total offense, marking their 10th straight
game with 400 or more total yards.
The Aggies are 19 yards from reaching the 6,000-yard plateau in total offense
for the third time in school history. Through 11 games, the Aggies have gained
5,981 yards, which ranks No. 3 in school history. The school record is 6,373
yards set in 13 games last year.
The Aggies' 5,981 yards ranks No. 7 in SEC history. Only six offenses have
surpassed 6,000 yards in a season, led by Auburn's 6,989 yards in 14 games in
A&M scored a touchdown on its opening drive, marking the eighth straight
game with a TD on its first drive.
A&M has scored first in 16 straight games, dating back to 2011.
Captains, 12th Man
Game captains for the Aggies were: senior center Patrick
Lewis, senior safety Steven Terrell, senior
linebacker Sean Porter and senior wide receiver Ryan Swope. Texas A&M won the toss and elected to
receive. It broke a streak of eight coin toss losses
Making his seventh 2012 start and 19th of his career at 12th Man was defensive
back C.J. Jones, a senior from Klein Forest HS in
A&M 47, SAM HOUSTON STATE 28
November 17, 2012
Texas A&M Postgame Quotes
Note: Full audio MP3 available on AggieAthletics.com
HEAD COACH KEVIN SUMLIN
On Johnny Manziel
"I don't know. I know that he is playing very well. He has been a
catalyst for us and his numbers speak for themselves. From a numbers
standpoint, it is hard to argue that he is not one of the best players in the
country right now."
On team impressiveness
"The fact that we came into a situation with upperclassman having a new
coaching staff, completely new offense and defense philosophy, new league, and
how those guys have bought into what we are trying to do. For them to come out and play week-to-week is
a tribute to the seniors, they have shown tremendous leadership this year. They
have really gotten better as the season has progressed. The most impressive
thing that they have done is deal with the adversity of change."
On pushing Johnny Manziel for Heisman
"I don't think it was my thinking. It was the university's thinking.
There are a lot of moving parts and the university and our marketing department
made that decision."
On Johnny Manziel's throws
"The last two weeks and even back to Mississippi State, the throws he
has made have been critical to us getting better offensively. Kliff Kingsbury
has done a great job of working with him throughout the year to develop his
confidence in the passing game. I think it's an understanding by him of the
defense and our personnel. It has definitely helped us offensively."
On playing out the season
"We come in every week and there is always something. You just have to
handle things week to week. We get back with the players Monday and try to
improve and reset the game plan for this week."
SENIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN PATRICK
On the upset last week
"We were really
excited that we were able to win last week, but in order to accomplish what we
wanted we had to take care of this week; we did a pretty good job of that
today. We took care of this week and what we need to get ready for Missouri
next week. We haven't beaten them here in a while so this game coming up is
On offense setting tone
that, every day we have a fast start against the defense and work on executing
our offense and do what it is created to do which is play fast, play
physically, play smart, and score touchdowns."
On Johnny Manziel's
"He had been
practicing kicks a couple days but actually made them in practice so we thought
he was going to make it today."
On helping with Heisman
"We come out and
do our job. We know what kind of player Johnny is. He creates his own way of
doing things and he gets it done. We just try to play hard for him. Just try to
block until the whistle. We want him to win a Heisman; that would be good for
him and good for us because we helped him get there. We just play hard and if
it comes it comes; if it doesn't we will be a little disappointed but we will
On Johnny Manziel's
"Based off of
other games he would probably say it's an average day but it was still a pretty
good day for him. He is always all over the field and has always been that
special player for us. He has done a really good job up until this point, and
we are going to keep working at it in practice this week and get ready to beat Missouri."
"As a team we
expected to be where we are right now.
We believed we had enough talent to win all of our games and we were in
all the right situations to win games and unfortunately two times we didn't get
that done. As a senior class we did a good job of buying into the program. We
grabbed this team by the hand and pulled them along. It has really worked out
well for us so far."
SENIOR LINEBACKER JONATHAN STEWART
On the defense
tightening up in the second quarter
"I think guys
got going. Defensively we came out a little flat. We could barely get through
the first two third downs. The third down is the money down. We want to stop
teams at eight percent and at the start of the game we didn't do that. I think
that in the second quarter guys got more into the game and we started playing
our brand of football. We were doing everything that we wanted to do and we
just make plays. That's all it was. Guys made plays."
On the physicality of
them to try to run the ball and to try to out-physical us. They have 290
rushing yards a game. We knew that it was going to be a physical game and that
we needed to be aggressive. We just play between the whistles. They got a
little a little cheeky after the whistles. We just needed to be smart and play
our brand of Aggie football."
On what a win against Missouri
would mean next weekend
"It would be
great, especially for the senior class. We've had every type of season you
could have. We've had a very good season, we've had an average season and we've
had a blowout season so it would mean a lot. We're really looking forward to
next weekend. Especially the senior class. We know it's our last time being
able to do it in front of the 12th Man on Kyle Field. We're going to
be ecstatic and we're going to prepare hopefully better than we've prepared any
other week this week."
SENIOR DEFENSIVE BACK STEVEN TERRELL
On second quarter defense
"We came out kind of flat as a team and defensively we had to knuckle
down and make sure everyone had their assignments. We just weren't playing up
to our brand of football. We needed to pick it up. Everyone did their job and
stepped it up and we made a lot of plays. We just needed to bare down and get
harder on ourselves."
On losing the shutout
"We just need our twos to play better and finish games. We still came
out with the win, it might not have been as pretty as we wanted it to, but a
win is a win. The score sometimes doesn't matter. We need to get some younger
guys in there and give them some experience."
On Johnny Manziel's kick
"He made it in practice so I expected him to make it in the game. I
really didn't realize he was out there. I head the crowd get excited and I
looked up and saw him. I wish he would have made that one; that might have made
ESPN or something."
On Sam Houston State scoring
"As long as we get the win it doesn't matter. We like to see the
younger guys who have been working hard all year get some playing time.
Unfortunately they didn't hold them to the shutout like we wanted them to. We
just want them to get reps and some experience, so next time it won't be their
first time being out there. We are not too disappointed. We would have rather
have them have played better and get the shut out."
On success excitement
"It feels great. This team has been through a lot. We have had seasons
that we weren't ranked at all and we have been on winning streaks. It has been
up and down. It feels good to be on the top again and to play meaningful games
in November. We are trying to play for the best bowl game we can get and it's
been a great year for us."
On team reputation
"What other people think doesn't really matter. We know what we are
capable of and coming into the year we knew we could have success. We don't
really get caught up in whether people think we are SEC ready or the big boys
in football. We just try to do our best every week."
SENIOR LINEBACKER SEAN PORTER
On improvements in the
"I think we've done a good job of just keeping everyone together. I think
we've done a good job of all staying on the same page each and every week."
On competing with top
thought we have the talent to compete with anybody in the nation but I think it
took all of us coming together. I think that Coach Sumlin and his staff really
helped us to do that and clean up some of the little mistakes that we make this
summer. I think we finally put the pieces together to do what we were supposed
to be doing all along."
On potential for a
We are very, very excited about it. We went through a lot of ups and downs last
year and we had a really good team last year, too. That's just how it fell.
Last year we couldn't do it and this year we are right on track."
SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER UZOMA NWACHUKWU
On a physical game
"We're the type
of team that our mindset is that we're going to be physical and we're always
going to attack. We're going to try to be the most physical team on the field.
We just have to be a little bit smarter and not fall into that type of game
where they're going to hit you after the whistle and we're going to react to
that. We just have to be a little bit smarter and clean those things up."
On Johnny Manziel
"That's the type
of guy he is. He's a fiery guy. He likes to compete. If you push his button,
he's the type of guy that that's his on button. That's where he excels and
plays better. It's great to see a fiery competitor out there and to see the
passion out of him. We're going to probably make fun of him a little bit for
getting pumped like that but it's great to see him fiery."
On having a different
game on Thanksgiving weekend
"It's going to
be an adjustment, because you go through the whole Thanksgiving routine and you
know exactly what's going to happen and you know the whole practice schedule.
It's going to be an adjustment but I think it's one that our guys are
definitely ready for. We're going to prepare like we're playing anybody."
A&M 47, SAM HOUSTON STATE 28
November 17, 2012
Sam Houston State Postgame Quotes
HEAD COACH WILLIE FRITZ
"I was disappointed in the first half. I told our guys we didn't
have to play perfect in this game to have a chance to win, but we would have to
play pretty good. We didn't play very well in the first half. We made some
mental mistakes, didn't tackle very well, and missed some assignments
offensively. Johnny Manziel is the real deal; he is pretty quick. They showed
us why they are a top ten team in the country. They are a big team, a fast
team, a quick team, and well coached. I was proud of our guys in the second
half. I thought our team came out and battled in the second half. We ran the
ball effectively. We played pretty well in the kicking game. I told our guys in
the locker room that we need to put this game behind us, and hopefully get some
good news in the selection show tomorrow."
JUNIOR LINEBACKER JESSE BEAUCHAMP
"We came into this game with high expectations. We busted some
assignments down the stretch that we really needed. Once A&M got started
they were hard to stop. We knew coming into the game Johnny Manziel was a great
quarterback. We gave it our all."
SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER TREY DILLER
"When we turned the ball over at the end of the half and A&M
scored, that was the turning point in the game. We knew we could move the ball.
We have some awesome players and Brian Bell knows how to run an offense. Our
play calling in the game was aggressive. We knew coming in the game that this
was one of the best defenses we were going to play all season. We were
executing well, but they were playing better. We were hungry just as much as
they were. In a stadium like this, with 80,000 fans, it is hard to turn the
momentum. I was really happy with the way we executed in the second half."