7:00 PM ET, October 27, 2012
Jordan-Hare Stadium, AUBURN, AL
Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more -- all in a little more than a half -- and the Aggies (No. 20 BCS, No. 22 AP) beat the struggling Tigers 63-21 on Saturday.
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"He's just one of those guys who can go out and perform at a high level," said Swope, who caught touchdown passes of 16 and 19 yards from Manziel in the first quarter as Texas A&M built a big early lead.
"He's getting better and better," Swope said of the freshman. "His leadership really stood out tonight."
On eight possessions led by Manziel, Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) scored seven touchdowns. The only non-scoring drive run by the phenom nicknamed "Johnny Football" ended with a missed 48-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet on the final play of the first half.
Manziel was in the game for only one series in the third quarter and watched the rest of the rout from the sideline. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns and had nine carries for 90 yards and three scores.
"We got some guys off the field because we have a really serious stretch of games coming up," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said.
The Aggies' stretch of three straight SEC road games continues with visits to Mississippi State and No. 1 Alabama the next two weeks.
The lopsided win over Auburn was the perfect warmup game for Texas A&M, especially coming off a 24-19 loss to LSU last week.
The Aggies gained 671 total yards, the most ever allowed by Auburn, in their first game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Texas A&M, in its first season in the SEC, led 42-7 at halftime and 49-7 after Manziel's final possession.
Auburn (1-7, 0-6), which has lost five straight, is off to its worst start since going 1-7 in 1952.
The ugly loss came two days after Auburn President Jay Gogue addressed the football program in a message to fans. He said concerns expressed by fans "are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them."
Gogue didn't mention coach Gene Chizik but said the program "will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process."
Asked after the loss about his status, Chizik said: "I'm not going there."
"I've got one concern and that concern is those guys in the locker room and trying to get them a win," he said. "It's not about me."
Manziel made an impressive recovery after throwing three interceptions in the loss to LSU. He had scoring runs of 6, 2 and 20 yards and finished with 350 total yards.
"I don't get surprised," Aggies defensive end Damontre Moore said when asked about Manziel.
"You kind of say `What is he going to do this week?' He always does something amazing."
Moore had one of the Aggies' five sacks.
Led by Manziel, Texas A&M ran for 352 yards and passed for 319.
Chizik said his defense wasn't able to do anything.
"I didn't think we could tackle, I didn't think we could cover and I didn't think we could rush the quarterback," Chizik said. "I don't think you can pin that on one group."
Chizik, looking for a spark for an offense that ranked among the bottom three in the nation in total yards and points per game, tried three quarterbacks.
Asked if Wallace might start against New Mexico State next week, Chizik said: "Well, we're certainly going to look."
Auburn's defense finally made a stop with Joeckel at quarterback, forcing Texas A&M's first punt. It drew sarcastic cheers from the fans with 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Williams had 19 carries for 109 yards. Christine Michael had nine carries for 75 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Ben Malena had seven carries for 63 yards, including a 7-yard TD.
Tre Mason ran for 80 yards with a touchdown for Auburn.
The announced attendance was 85,119, but less than half of that crowd was still around midway through the third quarter.
"I really wasn't focused on that, but if they emptied out at halftime, it's obvious why and I can't blame them from what they saw," Chizik said. "It was just a very poor performance."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The Aggies took their starters out early in the third, then promptly scored two more TDs. Auburn never really put up much of a fight.
Gameball goes to... Again Johnny Manziel couldn't be stopped. He threw for 260 yards and 2 scores and ran 9 times for 90 and two more touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 63. The 63 points Auburn allowed were the third-most it has given up in a single game in the history of the program.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-11||2-10|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-1|
|TD||11:18||Ryan Swope 16 Yd Pass From Johnny Manziel (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||7||0|
|TD||05:38||Johnny Manziel 6 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||14||0|
|TD||02:02||Ryan Swope 19 Yd Pass From Johnny Manziel (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||21||0|
|TD||13:45||Christine Michael 34 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||28||0|
|TD||09:10||Tre Mason 1 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick)||28||7|
|TD||05:22||Johnny Manziel 2 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||35||7|
|TD||01:25||Ben Malena 7 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||42||7|
|TD||12:03||Johnny Manziel 20 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||49||7|
|TD||09:47||C.J. Uzomah 27 Yd Pass From Jonathan Wallace (Cody Parkey Kick)||49||14|
|TD||04:31||Trey Williams 1 Yd Run (Taylor Bertolet Kick)||56||14|
|TD||01:33||Emory Blake 27 Yd Pass From Jonathan Wallace (Cody Parkey Kick)||56||21|
|TD||06:27||Malcome Kennedy 2 Yd Pass From Jameill Showers (Josh Lambo Kick)||63||21|
Auburn allowed 63 points against Texas A&M. That's the most that the Tigers have allowed in a game since the final game of the 1917 season, when they lost to Georgia Tech 68-7. It was also the most points that Auburn has ever allowed at home.
Today's game is the fourth time since 2004 that an SEC team has allowed at least 42 points in the first half of a conference game. The other three instances all involved Kentucky falling behind early.[+]
Most Points Allowed in 1st Half - SEC Conference Games Since 2004
Johnny Manziel has two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in the first half at Auburn. It's his FBS-leading fourth such game this season.[+]
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