I-A College Football
               === Manziel, Texas A&M rout Mississippi State ===
 Starkville,  MS (Sports  Network) -  Johnny Manziel  threw for  311 yards  and
 rushed  for two touchdowns as 16th-ranked Texas A&M delivered a 38-13 drubbing
 of No. 17 Mississippi State in a key SEC West clash from Davis Wade Stadium.
 Manziel  finished with  129 rushing yards and completed 30-of-36 pass attempts
 in  a nearly  flawless display for Texas  A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC), which piled up a
 whopping  693 total yards  for the game and scored 24 unanswered points in the
 first half en route to its impressive result.
 "Manziel,  he  is a ball  player," Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks
 remarked afterward. "He did a great job managing the offense. They (Texas A&M)
 got the job done."
 Ryan Swope contributed 121 yards on nine catches in the Aggies' seventh win in
 their  last  eight outings,  while  Ben  Malena rushed  for  112  yards and  a
 Mississippi  State  (7-2, 3-2) fell behind  31-0 in the third quarter in being
 dealt  its second  straight lopsided loss after a 7-0 start. The Bulldogs were
 handed a 38-7 throttling by top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa a week ago.
 "That  was  as bad as of  a performance that I  think we've had here in a long
 time," said Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen of Saturday's setback.
 Tyler  Russell threw  for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception on
 19-of-30  passing, with Chad  Bumphis ending with 50 yards and a score on four
 catches in defeat.
 Texas  A&M's offense asserted its dominance right from the start, with Manziel
 engineering  long  touchdown  drives  on  each  of  the  Aggies'  first  three
 possessions  to  give his team a  commanding 21-0 lead just over three minutes
 into the second quarter.
 The  prolific redshirt freshman accumulated 38 passing yards and 26 rushing on
 the  opening series, a 10-play, 73-yard march highlighted by Manziel's 24-yard
 connection with Mike Evans to the MSU 12 on 3rd-and-2. Manziel later scrambled
 for nine yards to the Bulldogs' 1 before Malena knifed across the goal line on
 the next snap.
 Texas  A&M had its ground game humming on the subsequent touch. Thomas Johnson
 ripped  off a 33-yard run into Mississippi State territory to begin the drive,
 and Christine Michael capped the nine-play, 79-yard sequence by breaking loose
 on  a draw in a 3rd-and-11 situation. The 22-yard score extended the margin to
 14-0 with 3:11 left in the first quarter.
 Mississippi  State again  failed to get a  stop on the Aggies' next trip, with
 A&M  converting  on third down on  three occasions during the 11-play, 87-yard
 jaunt.  On  the  last  one,  a  3rd-and-10 from  the  MSU  37,  Manziel  broke
 containment  after first  looking downfield  to pass  and wasn't  brought down
 until  reaching  the end zone  and staking the  Aggies to a 21-point advantage
 with 11:57 left in the half.
 "Johnny  has the  green light to take  off when he wants," said Texas A&M head
 coach  Kevin Sumlin.  "He was able to  do some great things with his feet this
 game,  especially  on third downs.  We were  also getting some great downfield
 blocks for him."
 The   Bulldogs  mustered   just  43  total  yards  over  their  initial  three
 possessions,  but finally  generated some  momentum on  the fourth.  A 15-yard
 Wildcat  scamper by Dak Prescott on 3rd-and-5 moved Mississippi State into the
 red  zone, though  it would come up  empty when Russell overshot his target in
 the end zone on fourth down from the Aggies' 11.
 Texas A&M promptly went 83 yards in 10 plays, with Manziel starting things off
 with  a  30-yard completion  to Swope  and going  5-for-6 for  59 yards on the
 series,  which ended  in a Taylor Bertolet 24-yard field goal that enabled the
 Aggies to eventually take a 24-0 lead into intermission.
 The  Aggies  kept on  rolling after the  break, grinding out  75 yards on nine
 plays  to christen the third quarter. Manziel came through with a pair of long
 runs on the march, a 19-yard scramble on 3rd-and-7 that moved the chains and a
 23-  yard keeper to  the Bulldogs' 4 that set up Michael's 1-yard plunge for a
 31-0 score.
 Mississippi  State  would finally  get on  the board  midway through the third
 quarter. Russell found Smith for a 42-yard gain to ignite a four-play, 58-yard
 sequence  that culminated with a 14-yard touchdown strike to Bumphis with 8:01
 left in the period.
 Russell  was  intercepted by  De'Vante  Harris  at the  Texas  A&M  13 on  the
 Bulldogs'  following drive, but the Mississippi State defense forced an errant
 field  goal  try from  Bertolet shortly  afterward and  pulled within 31-13 on
 Russell's  4-yard  touchdown run with 9:11  left, wrapping up a nine-play, 75-
 yard  jaunt in which  the MSU triggerman went 5-for-5 for 48 yards through the
 Russell  couldn't  make good  on  a  2-point  conversion attempt  while  under
 pressure, however, keeping the Bulldogs' deficit at 18 points.
 The  Aggies had  little problem moving downfield on their next touch, however,
 with Malena accounting for 52 yards (30 rushing, 22 receiving) on a nine-play,
 65-yard  drive that ended with Manziel taking it in from eight yards away with
 just under six minutes to play for the game's final score.
                                   Game Notes
 The  teams  were meeting for the  first time since the 2000 Independence Bowl,
 dubbed the "Snow Bowl" after a freak blizzard that hit Shreveport on game day.
 Mississippi  State,  which won 43-41  in overtime,  wore all-white uniforms to
 commemorate  the contest  ... Texas  A&M  has now  scored a  touchdown on  its
 opening  drive in six  straight games ... The game was the first at Davis Wade
 Stadium  pitting two ranked teams since Sept. 20, 2011, when No. 17 MSU hosted
 18th-ranked  South  Carolina ...  The Bulldogs have  now lost nine consecutive
 games  against  ranked teams  and are  just 2-15 when  facing such foes during
 Mullen's four-year tenure.
 11/03 18:45:21 ET

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