Scores

Final

S Carolina St 14

(1-3, 0-1 MEAC)

Texas A&M 70

(2-1, 0-1 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Kyle Field, COLLEGE STATION, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SCST 7 0 0 714
TA&M 14 35 7 1470

Top Performers

Passing: J. Manziel (TA&M) - 174 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Malena (TA&M) - 11 CAR, 88 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: U. Nwachukwu (TA&M) - 2 REC, 46 YDS, 2 TD

Johnny Manziel lifts Texas A&M over South Carolina St.

Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Johnny Manziel threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more by halftime as Texas A&M built a big lead and coasted to a 70-14 win over South Carolina St. on Saturday night.

Two of Manziel's touchdown passes went to Uzoma Nwachukwu. All four of Nwachukwu's receptions this season have been for touchdowns.

The Aggies (2-1) were up 14-7 after the first quarter before Manziel scored on runs of 39 and 20 yards to give A&M a commanding lead.

Ben Malena had two rushing touchdowns in the first half and Texas A&M led 49-7 at halftime.

Dustin Harris had a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown and finished with a school and Southeastern Conference record 246 punt return yards for A&M.

Richard Cue threw for 189 yards and a touchdown for South Carolina St. (1-3) of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Texas A&M outgained South Carolina St. 448-223 and had 23 first downs to 11 by the Bulldogs.

Manziel was 15 of 20 for 174 yards passing and added 78 yards rushing on eight carries. Malena finished with 88 yards on 11 carries.

Malena put A&M up 7-0 with a 4-yard run in the first quarter. Malena started and played the entire first half with Christine Michael on the sideline a week after Michael was suspended against SMU for violating team rules.

Manziel found Nwachukwu later in the quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 Texas A&M.

The Bulldogs got within 14-7 when Jalen Simmons found a big hole and ran 17 yards for a touchdown. That drive was helped when Steven Campbell was flagged 15 yards for roughing the passer on a blow to the head of Cue.

Manziel's first rushing touchdown was a nifty one. He hurdled a defender near the line of scrimmage and zigzagged through the South Carolina State defense for a 39-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 21-7.

He used his feet again on A&M's next possession, making it 28-7 on a 20-yard run that he capped with a dive into the end zone less than four minutes later.

Manziel went back to the air for the next score, finding Kenric McNeal on a 30-yard touchdown pass to leave A&M ahead 35-7.

Nwachukwu kept up his streak later in the second quarter when he caught a short pass from Manziel and evaded a defender before bouncing outside and barreling into the end zone to complete the 37-yard score.

Malena wrapped up the Texas A&M's dominant first half with a 50-yard run.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin used mostly backups in the second half and the clock ran in the fourth quarter. Sumlin inserted Jameill Showers at quarterback for the first drive of the second half and he was intercepted by Dominique Mitchell.

But the Bulldogs couldn't capitalize on the mistake and had to punt. Harris returned it 96 yards for a touchdown to extend A&M's lead to 56-7.

It was the second longest punt return in school history.

Michael played the second half and finished with 26 yards and had a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Lennel Elmore scored on a 39-yard pass from Cue to make it 63-14 with about 12 minutes remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SCST
TA&M
1st Downs1123
Total Yards223448
Passing189183
Rushing34265
Penalties11-902-20
3rd Down Conversions3-168-14
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers11
Possession32:2527:35

Passing Leaders

South Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cue17/321895.911
Texas A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Manziel15/201748.730

Rushing Leaders

South Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Simmons7202.9117
Jordan4153.806
Texas A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Malena11888.0250
Manziel8789.8239

Receiving Leaders

South Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Elmore25125.5139
Hemingway23216.0017
Texas A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nwachukwu24623.0237
Johnson34214.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSCSTTA&M
TD08:39Ben Malena 4 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 07
TD03:22Uzoma Nwachukwu 9 Yd Pass From Johnny Manziel (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 014
TD00:35Jalen Simmons 17 Yd Run (Nick Belcher Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERSCSTTA&M
TD12:02Johnny Manziel 39 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 721
TD08:10Johnny Manziel 20 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 728
TD05:24Kenric McNeal 30 Yd Pass From Johnny Manziel (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 735
TD03:05Uzoma Nwachukwu 37 Yd Pass From Johnny Manziel (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 742
TD01:20Ben Malena 50 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 749
THIRD QUARTERSCSTTA&M
TD08:18Dustin Harris 96 Yd Punt Return (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 756
FOURTH QUARTERSCSTTA&M
TD14:50Christine Michael 5 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 763
TD12:09Lennel Elmore 39 Yd Pass From Richard Cue (Nick Belcher Kick) 1463
TD07:16Deshazor Everett 22 Yd Interception Return (Taylor Bertolet Kick) 1470