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Texas A&M continues to roll on offense

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Is there any team in the SEC capable of beating Texas A&M in a shootout? Besides Alabama, of course. If not, the Aggies could put up some unbelievable offensive numbers this season. Texas A&M once again broke the 500-yard mark in a 45-33 victory at Arkansas Saturday.

Dating back to last season, the Aggies have gone over 500 yards of total offense in 12 of 17 games Manziel has started in. For the sake of comparison, Texas A&M had 11 games with over 500 yards of offense in 2011 and 2010 while playing in the Big 12 and we have yet to reach the month of October this season. So are the Aggies thriving with a playmaker like Manziel under center? Is it the coaching of Kevin Sumlin? Is the SEC more wide-open than we may have been led to believe compared to the Big 12? If some of the more notable SEC games this month have been any indication, it may actually be a mix of all three.

Johnny Manziel had another fine performance, which has become expected at this point. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for 281 yards and two touchdowns and did not throw an interception. Manziel also carried the football six times for 59 yards. The entire workload of the running game was shared among the options in the backfield, with Trey Williams rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown, Ben Malena adding 40 yards and two touchdowns and Tra Carson chipping in for 64 yards as well.

Here is what we do know. Texas A&M continues to have one of the top offenses in the SEC, and it remains to be seen just who else on their schedule the rest of the way will have the firepower to top them in any regulation game. On the road at Ole Miss could be entertaining, and a road game at LSU could make for a worthy challenge as well. Ole Miss is next on the schedule for Texas A&M, but that game comes after a bye week. At this point, a bye week could serve Texas A&M well as they look for a way to solve some defensive issues. As good as the offense has been, the defense has been giving up some big plays and big yardage on a regular occasion.

On Saturday Texas A&M gave up 33 points and 483 yards, but the Razorbacks also had two turnovers. In a game in which Texas A&M did not lose the football, being able to match the Aggies on the scoreboard would prove to be much more difficult for Arkansas.

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9 Responses to “Texas A&M continues to roll on offense”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 28, 2013 10:49 PM

    Game was much closer than the score and quite uncomfortable late.

    The Aggies HAVE to get better on defense….

    The offense though continues to roll.

    They had a 9 play drive with no passes thrown and gave up 0 sacks…. The offensive line was outstanding tonight against the team that led the SEC in sacks.

    Ags have next week off and then go to Oxford… Now Bo, you will be able to score against us…. but you won’t be able to stop us from scoring…

  2. cwk22 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:07 PM

    Hogs were much better then I hoped. AM has a killer offense this year, but the defense is weak. Proud of how HOGS played against them.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 28, 2013 11:11 PM

    Irresponsible throw by Manziel got Evans hurt.

    How hurt? He played most of the second half but was a non factor, except for a 3rd and 10 catch and conversion.

    Johnny Manziel is an ordinary QB if #13 isn’t at full strength. I hope Evans is ok come game time at Ole Miss.

  4. geraldthecat says: Sep 28, 2013 11:34 PM

    Thought the hogs had a good chance. The rain helped.

  5. earpaniac says: Sep 28, 2013 11:42 PM

    Has Arkansas won since the “#karma” incident? If not, that would be….well, you know.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 28, 2013 11:50 PM

    And how did #48 for Arkansas not get flagged for multiple taunting fouls? Johnny points to the scoreboard and gets 15 yards and the entire sports universe goes Mark May on him.

    #48 was Hollywooding all night long, with nary a warning from the zebras, much less a flag.

    I did like when he taunted Manziel in first half, and Manziel responded with that sick TD pass to Evans on the very next play.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    @goodfieldnohit

    I understand it seemed like an irresponsible pass into traffic but I’m not sure you can put that injury on him. Plus when you have a Mike Evans that you KNOW can go up above everybody else and get it… is it THAT irresponsible?

    Plus I’m not all that worried about his lack of production in the 2nd half as the Aggies were in Power run mode in the second half.

    I’m still so impressed with that 9 play TD drive with 0 pass attempts…

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 29, 2013 12:12 AM

    Fair enough, 8to80. And I know it rained much of the second half, and Sumlin put Carson in and just ran it down their throats, rather than risk bad things by further putting the ball in the air. I totally agree with all that.

    I just thought it was a gamble to throw it up there like that. Yes, Evans is 6’5″ and the best WR in college football. It would suck if he’s hurt worse than it appears because of that pass.

    I’ll be road tripping to Oxford in 2 weeks, and I was there for 3rd and 21 from our own 2 last year. It will be hard to win if #13 isn’t his regular bad assed self.

    I did think that Darrell Walker also had a good game tonight, but there need to be other plays off of those quick sideline routes that should be designed to take it to the house. I hate to admit it, I miss Kingsbury….

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 29, 2013 10:21 AM

    Yeah, the offense is still rolling, but it definitely felt a bit more potent and a bit faster under Kingsbury.

    There were several times after a long 2nd down run that left them at 3rd and 1 and they took their time. With this offense, you have to hurry to the line and punch it down their throat before they know what to do.

    Not complaining too much though. 12 point win, on the road, in the rain. I’ll take it, and say thank you may I have another.

    BTHO Ole Miss

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