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Auburn holds off Manziel magic for 45-41 win

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For the second time in as many weeks Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had to be taken out of the game to be treated for an injury. Manziel returned to the game once again this week, and nearly pulled out a memorable victory. Instead, it was Auburn who celebrated a win in Kyle Field, hanging on for a wild 45-41 win in SEC West play.

Entering the fourth quarter trailing Texas A&M 31-24, Auburn scored three touchdowns to take a lead and the defense held on for a stop on Texas A&M’s final drive of the game. Nick Marshall‘s wheel route pass completion to Marcus Davis down the right sideline kept a drive alive and two quick plays later the Tigers took a lead after a video review overturned a play on the field and awarded a go-ahead touchdown for Auburn.

Manziel appeared to injure his right elbow or shoulder while running up the middle of the field and being tackled by a pair of Auburn defenders earlier in the quarter. He immediately came out of the game and was attended to by the Texas A&M medical staff. Cameras hovering over the field at the game caught video of Manziel getting off the bench to try tossing a pass to Mike Evans, but as he wound his arm he abruptly stopped his throwing motion, shook his head and was taken to the locker room. While he was out of the game the Aggies, with back-up quarterback Matt Joeckel leading the offense, went three-and-out. Perhaps Manziel’s brief absence cost Texas A&M a win. The way the offenses were in control, it is not hard to envision.

Auburn took a lead while Manziel was being treated, but Manziel would return in a time of need for Texas A&M. Trailing by four, Manziel completed six straight passes and took off on a short touchdown run to put the Aggies in front late in the game. Then, after Auburn capped a 75-yard drive in 13 plays under four minutes for the lead but did so unwisely using a hurry-up offense close the goal line, Manziel worked his magic one more time for a game-winning drive with 1:19 to work with, and he nearly pulled it off. Auburn’s defense had been chasing Manziel and Evans all day long, but came up with a big stop as the Aggies were knocking on the door.

Auburn and Texas A&M combined for 1,217 yards with a pretty even split. Manziel passed for 454 yards and four touchdowns and added 48 rushing yards and a touchdown for good measure. Auburn’s Tre Mason rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown and Marshall took off for 100 yards and two touchdowns as well. Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans was nearly unstoppable as well, collecting 287 receiving yards and four touchdowns as Manziel’s top target.

The win improves Auburn to 6-1 this year, with a 3-1 record in the SEC. The only loss for Auburn came on the road at LSU. Auburn should have an easier time getting to 7-1 when they host Florida Atlantic next week in a non-conference game. then will come two road games, at Arkansas and Tennessee, before closing out the regular season at home against Georgia and Alabama. Auburn’s season has all of a sudden put them in a good position in the SEC standings. To make an unexpected trip to Atlanta, Auburn will need a little bit of help (Alabama beating LSU), but Tigers fans can at least dream wildly for a day or two.

Texas A&M now has two losses in SEC play, including an earlier loss to Alabama. Their chances to play for an SEC Championship may have already been slim, but may have been  wiped out with this loss. Sure, Texas A&M may still have the best offense in the SEC, but their shortcomings on defense continue to haunt them in big spots.

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26 Responses to “Auburn holds off Manziel magic for 45-41 win”
  1. imaduffer says: Oct 19, 2013 7:55 PM

    Arena football at its finest.

  2. auburntigers34 says: Oct 19, 2013 7:57 PM

    “Perhaps Manziel’s brief absence cost Texas A&M a win. ”

    GMAB. he was only out for part of one series and he never went to the locker room.

  3. afrancis55 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:02 PM

    You’ve gotta give credit to Malzhan. What a job he has done to turn around that previously woeful Auburn program.

  4. boukengreen says: Oct 19, 2013 8:06 PM

    the state of Alabama owns Kyle Field this year RTR & WDE

  5. rabbi187 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:06 PM

    One thing is certain, Aggie games sure are fun to watch. As impressive as the Texas A&M offense is, their defense is equally terrible, which makes for exciting games.

  6. greywolfdk says: Oct 19, 2013 8:10 PM

    Giving credit to the Ref’s for Auburns win.. Obvious “Non-Call” of a horse collar 10 ft in front of him..

  7. dcroz says: Oct 19, 2013 8:10 PM

    In two games against SEC teams from the state of Alabama, A&M had over 1,200 yard of offense and 83 points; Manziel had almost 1,000 passing, and Mike Evans had about 570 yards receiving. The Aggies’ record: 0-2. Gotta love college football.

    And in addition to pretty much being the end of TAMU’s SEC West hopes, I think we can say that Manziel’s bid for a second Heisman has ended, too.

  8. auburntigers34 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:17 PM

    If you want to call obvious horse collars, let’s be sure that they call the obvious holds too, while they’re at it. A&M’s line was holding the entire game.

  9. rabbi187 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:23 PM

    boukengreen says:
    Oct 19, 2013 8:06 PM
    the state of Alabama owns Kyle Field this year RTR & WDE
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    Well according to your logic then, the Aggies owned the entire state of Alabama last year…

  10. greggatx says: Oct 19, 2013 8:37 PM

    Well, I guess those aggies are headed for a BCS bowl! Haha

  11. greggatx says: Oct 19, 2013 8:52 PM

    Wow, looks like the aggies have the same number of loses as the Longhorns! Hmmm Hook’em Horns!!

  12. pricecube says: Oct 19, 2013 8:53 PM

    If A&M… “may have the best offense in the SEC”… how have they been outscored by two other SEC teams midway through their conference schedule? They are a good team but I predict they will lose again before the season is over. Their offense looked totally anemic when Manziel briefly left the game.

  13. normtide says: Oct 19, 2013 9:17 PM

    I been warning people about auburn all year. This game isn’t about A&M, its about auburn. They are a tough bunch. All the talk if the 12th man, all Aggie losses the last two years were at home.

  14. cwk22 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:19 PM

    There will be a lot of cocky A&M fans at work who won’t have the opportunity to brag all day Monday about how “great” their team is. Each week that they beat a lowly unranked team “like Arkansas” they crowed about how unstoppable they are!

  15. 1990tiger says: Oct 19, 2013 11:05 PM

    greywolfdk says:
    Giving credit to the Ref’s for Auburns win.. Obvious “Non-Call” of a horse collar 10 ft in front of him..
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    Quit your whining. Just set that non-call off against the unsportsmanlike penalty not called against Manziel after he scored that TD.

  16. 2fleas says: Oct 20, 2013 1:09 AM

    It’s precious that horns fans take the time to post on a story about the Aggies.

  17. 8user8 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:03 AM

    Not a single A&M fan expected a loss today. War eagle.

  18. dg0122 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    JFF made a quick trip to Dr. Feelgood

  19. ttalarico says: Oct 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    Bottom line. A & M’s defense is just downright horrible!

  20. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:14 AM

    I wonder if Drake had on his johnny football jersey last night..or did he trade it out for Jameis Winston or Marcus Marioita?

  21. 1990tiger says: Oct 20, 2013 11:51 AM

    v2the4 says:
    Oct 20, 2013 11:14 AM
    I wonder if Drake had on his johnny football jersey last night..or did he trade it out for Jameis Winston or Marcus Marioita?
    ==================================

    I’m wondering how much money Floyd Mayweather lost yesterday? Think we will see a picture of him with his pockets turned out?

  22. 24pointlead says: Oct 20, 2013 12:06 PM

    Definition of the horse collar rule: The horse-collar tackle is an American football maneuver in which a defender tackles another player by grabbing the back-inside of an opponent’s shoulder pads.

    The Auburn player grabbed his jersey, not his shoulder pads. Quit whining. TAMU got beaten by a better team.

  23. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:03 PM

    1990tiger says:
    I’m wondering how much money Floyd Mayweather lost yesterday? Think we will see a picture of him with his pockets turned out?

    ===================================

    Money Mayweather was in Houston on friday night at club Rox, and he was in the VIP with non other than…..

    Justin Beber…the Beb…

    Im assuming he was somewhere watching his boy JFF, but he lost some money yesterday if he bet on him.

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 20, 2013 4:04 PM

    First off, have to congratulate the Tigers on a great win. Beat a top ten team on the road in front of a loud crowd. Nick Marshall is a really good player!

    The Aggies defense though is just god awful…. knew sooner or later it would bite us. You can’t play that close to the edge EVERY week and be on the right side EVERY time. You play terrible on defense, good players like Marshall are going to take advantage.

    As far as Manziel…. #1 I hope his arm is ok, 2, not sure what else he could do. Another 500+ total yard game with 5 TDs… Evans was SICK again. If this team had half the defense it had last year we might have won a title….

    C’est la vie I guess….

    As far as the rest of the Aggies season goes. I guess the Cotton Bowl is the goal now. Hopefully. But Mizzou looks damn good, and LSU will be no walk in the park. Vanderbilt for that matter is nto an easy win either. Going to be grinding the rest of the way.

    Anyway, congrats again Auburn fans…

  25. threebbuilders says: Oct 21, 2013 8:33 AM

    As a die hard Alabama fan, this weekend was the first time in my 35 years that I ever rooted for Auburn. I actually despise Johnny Manziel (not TA&M, just Manziel) more than I do Auburn.

    He’s such a little beotch – what was with the staff holding towels up around him while he was sitting on the bench? Probably because they didn’t want people seeing him crying like the little spoiled brat that he is.

    Sure his numbers are impressive, but let’s see how he fares in the NFL. The hits he’s taken in college ball are nothing compared to what he’s in for. With his punk attitude, he’s got a target on his back and there are plenty of people waiting for the opportunity to stick it to him.

  26. 1990tiger says: Oct 21, 2013 2:14 PM

    @threebbuilders-

    Funny….I rooted for the Tide against A&M for the same reason. I respect Manziel’s athletic ability but he is a selfish, classless punk. After he scored that last rushing TD, all he wanted to do was start something with Auburn’s D. If the ref hadn’t jumped in as quickly as he did, Manziel would have either gotten clocked or an unsportsmanlike penalty. I’m not sure which one I would have liked to have seen more. In the end, I was satisfied with the win.

    I like Sumlin but he doesn’t seem to have any control over his QB.

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