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COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Johnny Football continues to dazzle in Texas.

On the week Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel took the lead in the Heisman Trophy race, the sensation threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more in the Aggies' 47-28 victory over Sam Houston State.

Manziel's final play was missing an extra point after he threw an 89-yard touchdown strike to Uzoma Nwachukwu on the opening drive of the second half.

"He made them in practice this week and we expected him to make it," center Patrick Lewis said. "Unfortunately, that is a negative for Johnny."

Outside of missing the extra point, Manziel did nothing to hurt his Heisman chances. He ran for 100 yards on 16 carries and passing for 267 yards in one half and one play. His sterling performance was a fine encore to last week, when he led A&M to a 29-24 upset of then No. 1 Alabama.

The win over Sam Houston upped No. 9 A&M's record to 9-2, tied for the most wins in a season since 1998. The Bearkats, No. 3 in the FCS and the co-Southland Conference champion, had its seven-game win streak snapped and dropped to 8-3.

Manziel directed the Aggies to a touchdown on their first possession for the eighth straight game, though they needed a fourth-down conversion inside the 10 to take the lead.

Christine Michael stretched to place the ball just past the chains on a fourth-and-one. On the next snap Manziel found his favorite target, Mike Evans, for a 7-yard touchdown.

The Bearkats defense forced two punts before the door opened wide for the Aggies, who scored at least 47 points for the sixth time this season.

A&M scored on four of its final five possessions of the second quarter. Manziel found Evans again for 10 yards to start the onslaught.

After Manziel's lone mistake as a quarterback, an ill-advised throw to Evans that was intercepted by Dax Saxton, the Aggies got the ball back on Donnie Baggs' interception.

Manziel atoned for his miscue, scoring from 4 yards out on a typical "Johnny Football" run. He started right, dipped upfield for a step, then cut it back left to beat the cornerback to the pylon.

Freshmen tailback Trey Williams interrupted Manziel's run of touchdowns with a 6-yard score that was set up by a 40-yard connection from Manziel to Nwachukwu.

On the next play, linebacker Sean Porter stripped the ball from Richard Sincere at the 20. Manziel then went over from the 1 two plays later.

Manziel's lone play of the second half was an 89-yard connection with Nwachukwu. Manziel celebrated with running back Ben Malena, then ran down and attempted the extra point. His conventional-style kick was wide right.

A&M backup quarterback Jameill Showers nearly matched Manziel on his first snap, finding LeKendrick Williams for an 80-yard touchdown to put A&M, 47-0.

Sam Houston, which came in averaging 54 points a game during its win streak, made the score respectable with four touchdowns in the final 22 minutes against A&M's second and third stringers.

Tim Flanders scored from the 2 in the third. K.J. Williams, a transfer from A&M, scored on a 9-yard pass from Brian Bell, Ridgeway Frank went over from 1 and backup QB Chris Grett ran it in from the 5 in the fourth quarter.

NOTES: On the first drive of the game A&M quarterback, Manziel broke two NCAA records, rushing yards and total yards by a freshman QB. He broke Missouri's Brad Smith's rushing mark of 1,029 yards (2002) and Kentucky's Jared Lorenzen's total yards mark of 3,827 yards (2002). ... Sam Houston safety Darnell Taylor, last season's Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, set the Bearkat mark for solo tackles with 216, passing Stan Blinka (1975-78), who went on to play a decade for the New York Jets. ... A&M running back Christine Michael was ejected after the Aggies' second touchdown for punching safety Kenneth Jenkins. ... SHSU senior safety Daxton Swanson picked off his 13th career interception, tying a 50-year Bearkat mark.
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