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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Johnny Manziel threw for 346 yards, ran for two touchdowns and No. 9 Texas A&M rallied to beat Mississippi 41-38 on Saturday night.
Texas A&M's Josh Lambo made a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Aggies (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) the win. They trailed 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter, but Manziel engineered a 75-yard drive, ending with his 6-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 38 with 3:07 left.
After A&M's defense held, Manziel led the Aggies on one final drive that led to the game-winning field goal. He had runs of 12 and 13 yards on the winning drive.
Ole Miss (3-3, 1-3) was down 21-10 in the third quarter, but rallied thanks to two unlikely touchdown passes by backup quarterback Barry Brunetti.
Johnny Football made his usual array of spectacular plays, but also a few costly mistakes, including an interception in the end zone during the third quarter and a fumble early in the fourth.
In the end, he was victorious. He completed 31-of-39 passes.
Travis Labhart caught eight passes for 97 yards. Trey Williams rushed for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Ole Miss' Bo Wallace completed 22-of-36 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Laquon Treadwell caught eight passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
It was an entertaining back and forth game featuring two of the league's young offensive coaching minds -- Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze.
The two teams combined for 41 points in the fourth quarter -- 21 for Ole Miss and 20 for Texas A&M. Texas A&M had 587 total yards while Ole Miss had 462.
Ole Miss linebacker Serderius Bryant was carted off on a stretcher during the fourth quarter after a big hit. Freeze said postgame that Bryant was "knocked out" on the play and it was hard to tell the extent of the injury, but hoped it wasn't serious.
Manziel was creating his usual havoc in the first quarter, running for 17 yards on the first play. It was part of a 78-yard drive -- capped by Ben Malena's 7-yard touchdown run -- that gave the Aggies an early 7-0 lead.
They were driving again on their next possession when Manziel rolled out to his left before releasing a long throw. He wasn't touched by the defense, but immediately tumbled to the turf after releasing the pass while clutching his left knee.
The sophomore stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field with some help from Texas A&M's trainers. Though it initially looked like it could be a significant injury, he was up almost immediately on the sideline, jogging and stretching, and returned on the next drive.
It wasn't long before he was running again, with a nimble, shifty 24-yard dash that allowed the Aggies to convert on a 3rd and 14. But even with Manziel's big plays, Texas A&M's offense never clicked at its usual pace.
The Aggies added an 18-yard touchdown run by Trey Williams late in the first quarter and led 14-10 at halftime. Ole Miss scored its lone touchdown of the first half on a 70-yard pass from Wallace to a wide open Vincent Sanders, who ran untouched to the end zone.
Texas A&M pushed ahead 21-10 in the third quarter on Manziel's 5-yard touchdown run, but couldn't shake the Rebels. Barry Brunetti threw a 16-yard touchdown to Treadwell to pull Ole Miss within 21-17.
Brunetti is the Rebels' backup quarterback and usually only enters the game on obvious running plays. But he caught the Texas A&M defense by surprise on the pass to Treadwell, finding the true freshman wide open in the middle of the Aggies' secondary.
Brunetti's second touchdown pass was a 9-yard pass to Evan Engram that tied the game at 24 early in the fourth quarter. They were Brunetti's first two touchdown passes of the season.
ABOUT THE WIN...
- The Aggies improved to 5-1 and 2-1 against the SEC with the 41-38 victory.
- The Aggies are now 6-0 all-time against Ole Miss.
- A&M improved to 6-0 in SEC road games.
- It was A&M’s 697th victory in program history.
10TH STRAIGHT ROAD WIN
- The Aggies matched the longest road winning streak in school history with their 10th straight win away from Kyle Field. The record was originally set in 1939-40.
- Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s personal road winningest streak stretched to 15 straight. Sumlin hasn’t lost a game on the road since the final game of 2010 when his UH squad fell to Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.
ANOTHER 40-POINT GAME
- The game-winning FG by junior PK Josh Lambo gave the Aggies 41 points for the game. It stretched A&M’s streak of 40-point scoring game to nine, which is the longest current streak in FBS.
- It was the first game-winning field goal for Lambo, who won the starting placekicker job two games ago. Lambo joined the Aggies as a walkon last year, and was former first-round Major League Soccer selection of FC Dallas in 2008.
300/100 GAME FOR MANZIEL
- Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel posted the fourth 300 pass/100 rush game of his career agains the Rebels with 346 passing yards and 113 rushing yards. It is the most by any player in FBS history.
- Sophomore WR Mike Evans has had at least one 20-yard catch in 17-of-19 career games, and at least two catches in every game of his career.
- Senior LB Steven Jenkins matched his career high with 13 tackles.
- Sophomore CB De’Vante Harris had his first double-digit tackle game with 10 solo stops vs. Ole Miss.
LABHART GOES OFF
- Senior WR Travis Labhart exploded for a career-high eight catches for 97 yards.
- Labhart walked-on the Aggie football team two years ago after serving a stint on the male practice squad for Gary Blair’s 2011 NCAA Champion women’s basketball team.
- He was granted a scholarship during fall camp earlier this year.
- His younger sister, Katelyn, is a freshman on Laurie Corbelli’s Aggie volleyball team.
MANZIEL HITS 7,000
- Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel eclipsed the 7,000-yard barrier in total offense in his 19th career game, which is the fastest in NCAA FBS history by a four-year player.
- Manziel accounted for 459 total yards against the Rebels (346 passing, 113 rushing). He has eclipsed the 300-yard plateau in total offense in 16-of-19 career games. It was the ninth 400-yard offensive output of his career.
- Manziel passed for 346 yards, which marked the seventh 300-yard passing game of his career.
- The Aggies took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards for a touchdown on a 7-yard Ben Malena run.
- In Kevin Sumlin’s 19 games as Aggie head coach, the Aggies have scored on their first drive of the game 16 times, with 15 touchdowns.
- It was the Aggies’ fifth straight game with a TD on their initial offensive series.
- A&M has scored first in 18-of-19 games under Sumlin.
- Defensively, the Aggies forced a turnover on downs by the Rebels. It was the 13th time in 19 games under defensive coordinator Mark Snyder that the Aggies have forced a punt, turnover or turnover on downs on the opponent’s first drive of the game.
HITTING 3,000 IN SIX
- The Aggies hit 3,000 total yards in the sixth game of the season for the second straight year, which is the fastest in school history.
12TH MAN, POLO, CAPTAINS
- For the sixth straight game, sophomore defensive back Sam Moeller was the 12th Man.
- Wearing the #90 jersey in memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu was junior DT Ivan Robinson (normally wears #89). Manukainiu died in a tragic car accident last summer.
- The Aggies’ team captain representatives at the coin toss were seniors Ben Malena, Toney Hurd Jr. and Jake Matthews. Assisting the Aggies at the coin toss was Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is a Texas A&M graduate. Ole Miss won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half.
Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes - courtesy olemisssports.com
Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 12, 2013
Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin
On the game vs. last year’s game …
“It’s a little bit different. It was a heck of a game, here a year ago then the game here this year.
Hugh Freeze does a good job. He’s got a talented group of guys and they play with a lot of
pride. Both teams didn’t always do everything right. It was great efforts by both sides.
Somebody has to win. Fortunately it was us.”
On kicker Josh Lambo …
“We’ve had some issues with place kicking and made some tough decisions. He is a great
example to our team and other guys. Here is a guy a year ago who nobody knew his name, and
he came in and helped us as a walk-on. He is an excellent example for our program. He kept
fighting and worked hard to play, and the best players are going to play. I was happy for the
team and I was particularly happy for him because of what he has gone through and his
particular situation. It was a pressure situation for him to be in.”
On what went through his mind when Johnny Manziel went down…
“Just like any other player that goes down, I am concerned about them. This has happened
before and we have talked about it. I didn’t see what happened but we communicated about it
and he said he was ready to go back in.”
On play of defense…
“I thought the first half we gave up one big play. A little bit different story in the second half.
They made some adjustments in the third quarter, but we just made enough plays in the fourth
to win. It’s about third-down conversions. We were 8-of-13 and they were 6-of-14. Also, we
won the time of possession.”
Texas A&M Players
#49, Josh Lambo, PLK
On the opportunity to score the winning field goal …
“Surprisingly enough, I really wasn’t that nervous. It feels so great, not to kick the game-winning
field goal, but to do something to help my teammates and reward their effort. They’re the guys
that are out there getting beat up and getting knocked down and tackling people, making big
plays. Just the fact that I got to do anything to help that out, that was the best part about it.”
On the last drive …
“I was over in my own corner, I was in my own world. I was kicking it in the net, trying to make
clean contact, making sure my tempo to the ball was good. It was great to do what needed to
On the way Johnny Manziel played …
“Johnny’s a beast. Week in and week out we can expect greatness from him. It’s so awesome
to be part of a team that he gets to lead.”
#15, Travis Labhart, WR
On Ole Miss taking the lead toward the end…
“I remember sitting with Johnny over on the bench, and we just started laughing when they
scored. Not because they aren’t a good team, but because we knew we had to score again. We
knew it was going to be a shootout. But I don’t think we were ever worried. We always know
that when we go out we have to score. That’s our job, and we can’t let their defense dictate
how well we play.”
On catching passes and making plays with Johnny Manziel…
“We were meshing. I think that comes from having confidence in me. Back when he was a scout
team player, we were on scout teams together. It was fun because we always found each other.
So I think we just happened to carry it on to a real game. That’s where it came from, we
just meshed, and he found me.”
Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze
On the game …
“Obviously we are very disappointed for our kids. They fought their guts out and played their
hearts out against a very good football team, and had their chances to win. It really boils down
to we had a chance to make some plays and didn’t and they did. There were a lot of things that
could have happened but didn’t. We were so short-handed that we couldn’t go with a lot of
our defensive packages. We really only had one option there at the end. I couldn’t tell you
how many folks were down on the defensive side. It was so many that we couldn’t go into our
'money' or 'dime' packages. Again, I am very proud of our kids. It’s disappointing, and we
have to get one of these to go our way. We have to get them back for another difficult test
next Saturday night.”
On Serderius Bryant …
“We haven’t heard. When I got out there, he had been knocked out. If that’s the case, you’re
not really sure what the injury is. It looked like he had some movement to me. We’re hopeful
and we’ll be praying for him.”
On last offensive drive …
“The first play was a run-pass option. We could second guess all of it, but the next play we had
a guy wide open and it hit him in the chest. You have to make plays.”
On if Bo Wallace remains starting quarterback …
“I think so. The game was on the line and he made a nice throw on the run-pass option. The
next one was a strike. Barry (Brunetti) did some nice things also.”
On injuries on defense …
“Mike Hilton was out. Robert Nkemdiche was out. Bird (Serderius Bryant) of course. Issac (Gross) was
hurting, plus we already had CJ (Johnson) out. We’ve taken some hits there.”
On dropped passes …
“I don’t know if they are trying too hard and pressing, but we certainly had some of those that
hurt us. We need every third down conversion and every first down we can get. We have to
On game plan …
“I thought the plan we had worked and gave us a chance. We want to formulate a plan that
gives us a chance in the fourth quarter to win the football game. We had the ball and had a
chance. We didn’t get it done.”
On targeting penalty …
“I don’t like it at all. It just doesn’t feel right if they say it wasn’t targeting for us to lose 30
yards. I thought there were some calls at the end that could have gone in our favor but didn’t.
I’m not in favor of them saying it wasn’t and still getting penalized, but nobody is. It will
certainly be revisited after the year. I understand what they are trying to do by protecting
players, but it sure doesn’t feel good when it happens to you.”
Ole Miss Players
#25, Cody Prewitt, FS
On tonight …
“It was a tough loss, but we have to fight through it and come back stronger next week against
On LSU ...
“They are a good team we have to be prepared for a battle, but we will be ready.”
#6, Jaylen Walton, HB
On tonight …
“We have to keep fighting, be tough and play a full 60-minute game.”
On LSU …
“LSU is a big rival coming in, so we have to get back to the drawing board, come up with some
good schemes, and play hard all 60 minutes.”
#11, Barry Brunetti, QB
On passing touchdowns …
“They were plays that we had been working on all week, and they worked well. They have been
in the playbook the whole season but this week we just used them a lot more in practice.”
On touchdown to Evan Engram …
“It was a play for Evan Engram, but once I saw the safeties come up and he was wide open I was
able to get it to him.”
On remaining schedule …
“We have a tough game next week with LSU, but we also have a lot of games down the stretch
and have a lot of football left to play. We still have a whole lot to play for.”