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On day of upsets, Texas A&M benefits with wild win

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On a day full of upsets around college football, Texas A&M managed to avoid an upset bid from Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Josh Lambo‘s short field goal as time expired gave Texas A&M a wild 41-38 victory. The win paired with some losses around the country should help the Aggies move up in the rankings on Sunday.

A game short on scoring in the first half, or at least shorter than expected, turned in a second half that saw momentum swing back and forth. Things really got crazy in the fourth quarter. Texas A&M extended their four-point lead with a field goal to open the fourth quarter, but Ole Miss quickly responded with a quick seven-play, 51-yard touchdown drive capped by a Barry Burnetti touchdown pass to Evan Engram from nine yards out. It was starting quarterback Bo Wallace who tossed the next touchdown pass, this time to freshman Laquon Treadwell, from just inside the red zone roughly 90 seconds later, capitalizing on a fumble by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel and Texas A&M had an answer though, driving 75 yards on seven plays for a touchdown, served up by the speedy feet of Trey Williams for a nine-yard score.

Ole Miss and Texas A&M continued to exchange blows, first with Wallace connecting with Jaylen Walton for a 50-yard touchdown, and then with Manziel leading the Aggies down field for a six-yard touchdown run to cap a 75-yard drive. Manziel would lead the game-winning drive after Ole Miss went three-and-out with three incomplete passes to leave TexasA&M with more than enough time. Manziel rushed for 25 yards and completed a 14-yard pass to move the Aggies down to the Ole Miss 32-yard line and running backs Ben Malena and Tra Carson helped set-up the game-winning field goal attempt by Lambo from the Ole Miss 15-yard line.

Manziel did not have a touchdown pass, but he did run for two and put up big numbers. For the fourth time in his career Manziel passed for 300 yards (346) and rushed for 100 yards (124). That is the most times that has happened in FBS history.

The Aggies are now 5-1 and still looking good in the SEC West picture, although they will need some help if they are to get by Alabama in the standings to earn a trip to Atlanta at the end of the season. For the Aggies, the next few weeks should result in wins against Auburn, Vanderbilt and UTEP (non-conference, of course), and likely against Mississippi State. That would set up a 9-1 Texas A&M team to hit the road for their final two games at LSU and surprisingly strong Missouri. The Aggies should also be moving up in the rankings with the upsets that were occurring in other games. Stanford and Georgia losing should allow Texas A&M to move up at least two spots when the new polls are released, and the BCS standings are coming shortly.

Ole Miss linebacker and leading tacklerĀ Serderius Bryant had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after a tough collision with Manziel on a fourth down run that went for a first down. Earlier in the game, Ole Miss lost Robert Nkemdiche as well to a strained hamstring suffered while chasing Manziel.

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17 Responses to “On day of upsets, Texas A&M benefits with wild win”
  1. v2the4 says: Oct 13, 2013 1:39 AM

    good win by agriculture in Oxford for the 2nd straight season..

    hook em

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 13, 2013 2:46 AM

    Johnny Autograph is still a pretty good football player when the game is on the line. Special thanks to Hugh “Brain” Freeze for deciding to stop running the ball late in the game. We had no answer for the zone read, so I’m glad they stopped running it.

    This is my second trip to Oxford, after coming for last year’s game. Ole Miss fans are still the best, for the most part. The game was poorly officiated with terrible calls going against both teams equally.

    That’s football, but when you start screaming for your team to break Manziel’s neck just because your guy got hurt, that’s bush league. That’s what I expect in Baton Rouge, not Oxford. Special shout out to the lady who called me a goddammed hillbilly. Pot. Kettle. And such as.

    The Grove is still the best pregame party in college football, and I was made to feel welcome at numerous tents as my wife and I pretty much raccooned our way from tailgate to tailgate all afternoon.

    Us hillbillies will welcome the Rebels to College Station with open arms. Hotty Toddy y’all.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 13, 2013 2:47 AM

    Oh, and good win for the nutless egomaniacs in Dallas.

    Keep Mack Brown.

  4. v2the4 says: Oct 13, 2013 3:55 AM

    don’t worry goodfield…Mack Brown loved playing you boys…he is 10-4 vs agriculture, and he sent three of your coaches into aggie severance plan(slocum, fran and Sherman)

    when you get 10 straight 10 win seasons, one nc, another runner up, four bcs bowls and a coach with 154 wins, get back with us…

    until then, always remember 11/24/11

    Bevo 27
    lassie 25 in Brazos county

  5. txhockeydad says: Oct 13, 2013 7:27 AM

    Envious much, v2? You will have great stories for future generations about how good Texas “used to be”. Good for you.

  6. raysfan1 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:56 AM

    Ole Miss had the ball with 3 minutes to go, had been running the ball well, needed to run, and instead threw 3quick incompletions to give A&M the ball back. I like Coach Freese, but that was some poor game management. At minimum force the other team to use its time outs and give the defense a little rest.

  7. brianc34 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:39 AM

    Everyone leave V24 alone. They just won their national championship yesterday. He’s ridin’ high.

  8. dallashomer says: Oct 13, 2013 9:44 AM

    Another solid win for Johnny Douchebag. What a great guy.

  9. dkhhuey says: Oct 13, 2013 10:18 AM

    So Johnny Douchebag manages to pull off a victory against a doormat SEC team and they will no doubt move up in the polls – what a farce!

  10. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    V2the 4,

    Since Texas Longhorns fans only show up when they can thump their chests, I’ll feed Texas “paranoia” (Thanks, Dallas Morning News for confirming what the rest of the nation already knows).

    Ahem, January 10, 2010, 37-21, always remember.

    It has taken Texas THREE years to get over the loss to Alabama in the National Championship game.

    THREE Years.

    Texas beat an overrated OU team whose claim to fame is a “signature”
    win over a mediocre Notre Dame team. Remember, this is the same team
    that one of our newest members, Texas A&M, throttled in the Cotton Bowl
    earlier this year.

    Texas SHOULD win the Big 12. Texas SHOULD dominate the Big 12 year after year after year since Deloss designed the Big 12 to be Texas’s own play toy. So keep up your crowing of winning the Big Eight, er Big 12.

    RTR

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    The Aggies will move up the polls because UGA and Stanford lost.

    And Ole Miss is definitely not a doormat team. They went in to the 100k+ of DKR and beat the Horns by 3 TDs….

    They had the #1 recruiting class this year and are a team on the rise for sure. (Their QB like our QB could maybe take a lesson in humility though)

    Honestly I thought Johnny Football had a Heisman type of game. He got injured and struggled early, but when the game was on the line he was outstanding! When Ole Miss went 3 and out, did anyone doubt JFF would lead them down the field to victory?

    He holds the FBS record now for most 300+ passing yard, 100+ rushing yard games.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 13, 2013 10:42 AM

    Howard Matthews tweeted after the game that they thought Ole Miss would throw the ball 3 straight times at the end because Wallace said he thought their receivers were better than A&Ms….

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 13, 2013 10:42 AM

    My bad, he didn’t tweet it, he said it in the presser.

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 10:42 AM

    Dkhuey,

    Ole Miss is not an SEC doormat.

    A doormat would be Texas since Ole Miss went into Austin and wiped their feet all over Texas.

    Texas A&M won, Manziel was Manziel. Enjoy Manziel. He’s growing up and he’ll be gone from A&M soon enough.

    RTR

  15. ttalarico says: Oct 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    How do you move up in the polls by beating an unranked team with a last second fieldgoal?

    Oh yeah, SEC.

    What a farce!

  16. cometkazie says: Oct 13, 2013 12:18 PM

    I wonder how the betting industry did with all the upsets yesterday?

    Might there be more today?

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    @ttalarico

    Is it REALLY that hard to understand that you move up the board when guys in front of you lose?

    And while the PAC12 is definitely on the rise, Stanford losing to an unranked doesn’t help that conference’s rep.

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