AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Johnny Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more -- all in a little more than a half -- and No. 22 Texas A&M beat struggling Auburn 63-21 on Saturday night.
On eight possessions led by Manziel, Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) scored seven touchdowns. The only non-scoring drive run by the freshman nicknamed "Johnny Football" ended with a missed 48-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet on the final play of the first half.
Manziel was in the game for only one series in the third quarter before watching the remainder of the rout from the sideline. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns and had nine carries for 90 yards and three scores.
Auburn (1-7, 0-6), which has lost five straight, is off to its worst start since going 1-7 in 1952.
The Aggies gained 671 total yards, the most ever allowed by Auburn, in their first game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Texas A&M led 42-7 at halftime and 49-7 after Manziel's final possession.
Manziel made an impressive recovery after three interceptions in a 24-19 loss to LSU last week.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik, looking for a spark for an offense that ranked among the bottom three in the nation in total yards and points per game, tried three quarterbacks.
Jonathan Wallace, a freshman, provided much-needed hope for the Tigers by completing 6 of 9 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He threw 27-yard scoring passes to Emory Blake and C.J. Uzomah.
Wallace played behind starter Clint Moseley, who was pulled after only one series, and Kiehl Frazier, who completed 6 of 11 passes for 89 yards.
Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel played behind Manziel. Showers led a scoring drive, capped by Trey Williams' 1-yard touchdown run, on his first possession.
Auburn's defense finally made a stop with Joeckel at quarterback, forcing Texas A&M's first punt. It drew sarcastic cheers from the fans with 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Williams had 19 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. Christine Michael had nine carries for 75 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Ben Malena had seven carries for 63 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run.
Tre Mason ran for 80 yards with a touchdown for Auburn.
The announced attendance was 85,119, but less than half of that crowd was still around midway through the third quarter.
About the Win
• With the win the Aggies improved to 6-2 and became bowl-eligible for the fourth straight year. In attendance at today's game were the Capital One Bowl and the Gator Bowl.
• The Aggies are 4-0 in games away from Kyle Field, and first-year A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has won 10 straight game away from his home field -- four at Texas A&M in 2012 and six at the University of Houston in 2011.
• The Aggies improved to 3-0 against Auburn.
• Tonight's win was A&M's second-ever game and first-ever victory in the state of Alabama.
• The 63 points by the Aggies were the most points ever scored against Auburn at home in program history.
• The 63 points were the third-most points ever scored against Auburn behind the 68 points by Georgia Tech in 1882 and 64 points by North Carolina in 1917, both at neutral sites.
• The 671 total yards gained by the Aggies were the most allowed by Auburn since records began being kept in 1967. The previous high output allowed was 625 by Florida in 1996.
• The 42-point margin of victory by the Aggies tied for the second-highest against Auburn by a SEC school.
• It was the Aggies' fourth game with 600 or more total yards in 2012.
• The crowd of 85,119 at Jordan-Hare Stadium mark marked the sixth largest road crowd for the Aggies in school history.
• True freshman RB Trey Williams logged the first 100-yard rushing game of his A&M career with 109 yards on 19 carries. He had 178 all-purpose yards.
• The two-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter from Jameill Showers to Malcome Kennedy marked the first TD for both players.
• The Aggies scored a touchdown with their opening drive for the fifth straight game. Against Auburn, the Aggies drove 70 yards in nine plays (3:42 time of possesion), culiminating with a 16-yard TD catch by Ryan Swope from Johnny Manziel.
• A&M scored first for the 13th straight game dating back to 2011.
• A&M scored 28 points before allowing an Auburn first down.
• The Aggies have lost the coin toss in six straight games, and in seven of eight games in 2012. A&M has received the opening kickoff in every game in 2012 since the Aggies elected to receive in the one game (SMU) that they won the toss.
Manziel Impresses Again
• Redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel was dazzling against Auburn with 350 total yards in just over two quarters of action. Manziel accounted for five touchdowns as he passed for 260 yards and two TDs and rushed for 90 yards and three scores. He had scoring runs of 6 yards, 2 yards and 20 yards, and threw 16- and 19-yard TDs (both to Ryan Swope).
• With his 260 passing yards and 350 total yards against Auburn, Manziel surpassed the 2,000-yard plateau in season passing yards and the 3,000-yard level in total yards. He is the 15th 2,000 yard passer in school history and the fifth QB to surpass 3,000 total yards in a season. He joins Jerrod Johnson (4,085 in 2009), Ryan Tannehill (4,050 in 2011, Reggie McNeal (3,509 in 2004) and Stephen McGee (3,210 in 2007) as the Aggie QBs over 3,000 yards in a season.
Another 100 for Swope
• Senior WR Ryan Swope had a strong game with six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. It was the 11th 100-yard game of his career, which is a school record. The Aggies are 9-2 in games when Swope has 100 or more receiving yards.
• He became the second Aggie receiver to reach the 20 TD plateau with the 20th and 21st receiving TDs of his career against Auburn. He trails only Jeff Fuller's 34 scores on the Aggies' career receiving TDs list.
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. Auburn won the toss and deferred to the second half. A&M received and defended the south goal.
• Making his fourth 2012 start and 16th of his career at 12th Man was defensive back C.J. Jones, a senior from Klein Forest HS in Houston.
Texas A&M Quotes
Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin
On the importance of a road win...
"Anytime you're on the road, that's important. I think coming off last week, which was really taxing for us physically and mentally, to come out and play with that kind of energy and excitement on the road is extremely important. We wanted to have some success early. We talked about it all week as a team---offensively and defensively, be good on special teams pretty early in the ballgame. Whenever you get on the road, that really helps your chances of winning."
On the three running backs getting involved...
"We were able to get those guys going. Ben [Malena] has been steady through the whole year. It's probably [Christine Michael's] best game this year. He was extremely effective. It was good to see Trey [Williams] do a lot of work tonight. He's been patient, and he's done a good job on kickoff returns for us. He's really been coming along in the playbook learning what he's supposed to do, and the guys put in that kind of work. As I said at the beginning of the year, we're going to need all three of them to go down through this stretch, and they all three were productive tonight."
On keeping momentum following a fast start...
"You hope there's no lull. Your people make adjustments, you adjust. I think the ability to be consistent is important. I think the big difference between us tonight and the last couple of weeks is we took care of the football. When you do that, and you're moving the chains and not giving the ball to the other team and turning it over, that's how you have this kind of success and you're able to score like that. We've put a big emphasis on that at the beginning of the year, but like I said, penalties and turnovers the past couple of weeks have been a thorn in our side, but tonight we were pretty good at that."
On coming back to the state where he was born to coach...
"We had a lot of people here. Anytime you win in this league, it's good, but it's always good when you have a bunch of family and friends around."
On the first of a three road games...
"We said we wanted to be 1-0 at the end of this week, and then we will reset that and enjoy this for 24 hours, then we'll say the same thing next Monday. We want to be 1-0. We can't get past anybody. We're new to this league, we're in new environments playing different teams and we really have to stay focused one week at a time. As I said, we're getting great leadership out of the seniors right now. Coaches do so much, but during the week, players have to stay focused and these guys are doing a great job."
LB Jonathan Stewart
On being a defensive player in the league…
"It's great. It's a lot easier because it's predictable. On our offense, when they keep scoring like that, we know that their offense, they have to put points on the board. They are going to have to score quickly, because our offense every time they're out there they're scoring in five or six plays, so it makes it a lot easier."
On taking the crowd out of the game…
"It's great. Their fans were rocking at the beginning of the game. Our offense went down and scored, and then we stopped them. I think in the first quarter they had three series that were all three and outs. Defensively we came out fast. We're playing great and the offense is playing fast."
On setting the tone for the upcoming stretch…
"It was important, but we don't play attention to the stretch, we paid attention to this one week. We have the 24-hour rule. We'll enjoy this win for the plane ride back, and when we wake up in the morning we'll get ready for a very good Mississippi State team."
WR Ryan Swope
On key to their quick start…
"I think what it really comes down to is our preparation. We practice all week, and coach emphasized we have to come out and start the ball game with tempo. We did that. We took the ball down the first drive and scored. From there on out, we were rolling. The offensive line did a great job tonight of giving (quarterback) Johnny (Manziel) protection. Johnny was really spinning the ball great tonight and did some good things on his feet. Just a great overall performance tonight."
On consistent scoring on opening possession…
"That's one of our main things we come out to do, to set the tempo and score in the first drive. We take pride in that, so we are going to try to keep doing that as much as possible. Coach has really emphasized just to set the tempo of the game. We've done really well the past couple of games of doing that."
Importance of the game being the first of a series of road games…
"It's very important. It gives us a lot of confidence. We'll enjoy the win and get back to work this next week."
On what it's like to play when the offense is clicking…
"When everything is clicking, and everything's working, it's a lot of fun to be a part of. It's hard to stop at the speed that we go at. We left a few plays on the field that I think that we can get better. It's a scary thing, but we'll take a look at the film. We'll build on that and be real critical, but we're excited about tonight. We did some good things out there."
On whether Johnny Manziel's performance is surprising anymore…
"He's just one of those kids that can go out there and perform at a high level. He makes plays on his feet that I've never seen some quarterbacks do. It's just something really special that he has. He's getting better and better. He's just got to keep focusing during the week, the preparation. You've got to keep practicing hard, can't get complacent. The rest will take care of itself. Overall, he had a good game tonight. His leadership really stood out to me tonight."
DL Damontre Moore
On defensive impact early in the game…
"We just really executed what we had practiced and what we had been taught. We played hard from the first snap and things just fell our way."
On crowd noise…
"We got up early and that crowd really started to get quiet; the fans were starting to leave."
On TAMU QB Johnny Manziel…
"I don't want to say I'm surprised, he's a great play-maker. Every week he does something; never ceases to amaze me."
On good start of three-week road trip…
"Every week is a new week. It's nice to get this win, but now we've got to just get ready for next week."
QB Jonathon Wallace
On tonight's performance…
"Overall, we have to find a way to win. We can't go down early. We can't win that way. We need to find a way to come out on fire."
On scoring his first touchdowns…
"It was great. I thought that play really lifted some guys' spirits. It gave us some momentum and got us back in the game. It was great to score, but it wasn't enough."
On his touchdown pass to Emory Blake…
"It was good, but it wasn't enough to win."
DE Nosa Eguae
On tonight's performance…
"It was a tough one. We just fell into situations where they did great things and we didn't. You have to give Texas A&M all the credit. They came out here and played a great game and we didn't."
On what the team needs to improve on…
"We just have to go out there and communicate better. We have to go out there and expect to win football games."
WR Emory Blake
On the game…
"They came out clicking. We got beat today. Nobody quit, but I feel like they played a very good game today."
On the passing game…
"We've been working on it all year. [Jonathan Wallace] came in and did a really good job for us. As receivers, we're expected to make plays and the O-linemen started protecting pretty well. That's what happens."
On moving forward in offense…
"We need to just keep pushing. Keep getting better at protection. Keep getting better at running routes. Keep progressing at the quarterback position, and we'll get better. There's no quit in us and we're just going to keep fighting."
RB Tre Mason
On the game…
"They were a great team and we just got beat."
On the rushing game…
"I'm not really sure, but between me and Onterio, we do what we can do when we get the ball in our hands."
On moving forward in offense…
"Run the ball."
CB Jonathan Mincy
On the game…
"It was a physical game. We were prepared for it. We just couldn't execute the way we wanted to. We just have to get back at it this next week."
On rebounding from this loss…
"We need to just learn from our mistakes and continue to work."
On what was taken away from this game…
"This is just going to be motivation for when we play them next year."
TE CJ Uzomah
On the game…
"We played together and fought to the very end, that's what the coaches asked for. We fought and played for each other tonight. Obviously, the outcome wasn't something we wanted, but we fought to the end."
On personal performance…
"The touchdown catch was fun, but I still had a lot of mistakes throughout the game. The catch was a positive, but I also have things to work on."
On what to improve going forward…
"We just have to keep fighting. The players are there. We had opportunities to convert on the plays the coaches were calling today. We just have to convert and keep fighting."