Texas A&M 38, Mississippi State 13

Logan Lowery, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


STARKVILLE, Miss. -- No. 16 Texas A&M rolled up 718 yards of offense, including 465 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Johnny Manziel, in a 38-13 victory over No. 15 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Manziel completed 30-of-36 passes for 336 yards and added 129 yards on 21 rushes, including two touchdowns.
Ben Malena added 112 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries for the Aggies (7-2, 4-2 in the SEC). Ryan Swope caught nine passes for 121 yards.
Texas A&M wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. The Aggies drove 73 yards in 10 plays on their opening possession, with Malena plowing in from a yard out.
It was more of the same on Texas A&M's second drive, when Christine Michael busted off left tackle for a 21-yard scoring run to make it 14-0, still in the first quarter.
Manziel got into the scoring column on the first drive of the second quarter when he scrambled 37 yards for a touchdown.
The Aggies would extend their lead later in the quarter when Taylor Bertolet kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 24-0.
The only highlight for Mississippi State in the first half came on the final play, when Josh Boyd blocked Bertolet's 33-yard field goal attempt.
Texas A&M started the second half by driving for another touchdown, with Michael scored from a yard out, and it was 31-0.
The finally Bulldogs were able to get on the board midway through the third quarter. Following a 42-yard pass to Chris Smith, Tyler Russell connected with Chad Bumphis from 15 yards for a touchdown.
Mississippi State scored again early in the fourth quarter a missed Aggie field goal attempt by Bertolet. Russell scored on a four-yard keeper but the two-point conversion pass failed and Texas A&M's lead was 31-13.
Manziel and Texas A&M were not done. He orchestrated another scoring drive on the ensuing possession and got into the end zone on a four-yard run.
Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2) managed only 310 yards of offense, 212 passing and 98 yards rushing.
Russell completed 19-of-30 passes for 212 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
LaDarius Perkins rushed 13 times for 42 yards for the Bulldogs and Arceto Clark caught five passes for 64 yards.
NOTES: Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell equaled the single season school record with his 16th touchdown pass, tying Derrick Taite (1995). ... In his first season in the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has as many SEC career victories wins as Tennessee's Derek Dooley and as many SEC West wins as Mississippi State's Dan Mullen. ... In his last two games, Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel has had 815 yards of total offense and six total touchdowns.