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                === Manziel, Texas A&M fall to Auburn ===
 
 College  Station, TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - Tre Mason scored a go-ahead 5-yard
 touchdown  with 1:19  remaining and the Auburn defense denied Johnny Manziel's
 late  comeback bid, as the 24th ranked Tigers edged No. 7 Texas A&M, 45-41, on
 Saturday at Kyle Field.
 
 Manziel's  fourth  touchdown pass of  the day to Mike  Evans gave the Aggies a
 31-24 lead late in the third, but the reigning Heisman Trophy winner went down
 with  a  right shoulder  injury on the  first play of  the fourth quarter with
 Texas  A&M deep in Auburn territory after being driven hard into the ground on
 his throwing shoulder by Auburn's LaDarius Owens.
 
 With  backup Matt  Joeckel in, the Aggies  were forced to settle for a 20-yard
 field  goal from  Josh Lambo that made  it 34-24 before the Tigers roared back
 with consecutive scoring drives.
 
 Nick  Marshall capped the first march with a 13-yard TD run, and after Joeckel
 and  the Aggies went three-and-out, Mason ripped off a 53-yard run that set up
 Cameron  Artis-Payne's 2-yard TD surge that gave Auburn a 38-34 lead with 9:06
 left in the game.
 
 After  leaving  the sideline  area  briefly  for further  evaluation,  Manziel
 returned  to the playing  field and went right to work, going 7-for-7 on a 12-
 play,  75-yard trek  that he capped with a  1-yard TD run off the right end to
 put the Aggies on top, 41-38, with 5:05 remaining.
 
 Auburn  (6-1, 3-1 SEC) had the final say however, as Marshall converted a pair
 of  third  downs on the Tigers'  ensuing touch, including a 3rd-and-9 from the
 Aggies' 39, when Marcus Davis made a 27-yard grab down the right sideline.
 
 Two  plays later, Mason  surged up the middle and appeared to be stopped short
 of  the  end zone, but  the Auburn  running back was  able to stretch the ball
 across  the goal line  while laying on top of an offensive lineman to give the
 Tigers a four-point edge with 1:19 remaining.
 
 "Big win for our program. Texas A&M is one of the top teams in the country on
 their home field. We challenged our players to improve each week, and they
 have done that," said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. "We've been working on
 getting our edge back, and we are getting closer. This was a big win for our
 program tonight."
 
 Manziel  moved the  Aggies (5-2,  2-2) inside  the Auburn  20 with  a pair  of
 completions  to  Evans, but on  4th-and-13 from  the 21-yard line, Manziel was
 sacked for a 22-yard loss to seal the outcome.
 
 "We made some adjustments at halftime and obviously had some success
 defensively in the third quarter," said Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.
 "Obviously there towards the end we had some breakdowns I have to look at the
 video to tell you exactly what was going on, but they're able to drive the
 ball and they made plays at the end when they had to make them and we didn't."
 
 Mason  carried the  ball 27 times for  178 yards and the decisive score, while
 Marshall finished 11-of-23 passing for 236 yards with two touchdowns and added
 two more scores and 100 rushing yards on 20 totes for the Tigers, who have won
 three straight games.
 
 Manziel put forth a valiant effort in defeat, racking up 454 yards on 28-of-38
 passing with two interceptions while adding 48 yards and a score on 18 carries
 for the Aggies, who had a three-game win streak halted.
 
 Evans broke his own team-record set earlier this year against Alabama with 287
 receiving yards on 11 catches and caught the first of his four touchdown grabs
 on the game's opening drive to put the Aggies in front.
 
 Auburn  answered with a 10-play, 86-yard march that Marshall capped with a 16-
 yard  TD run before Ryan Smith picked off Manziel on Texas A&M's next touch to
 set up Cody Parkey's 27-yard field goal that gave Auburn a 10-7 lead.
 
 Manziel  and  Evans hooked  up for  another score  two plays  later to put the
 Aggies  back in  front, with the lanky  wideout hauling in a bubble screen and
 tightroping the sideline en route to a 64-yard score that made it 14-10.
 
 Manziel  was  intercepted deep in  Auburn territory  on the Aggies' next drive
 before Marshall led the Tigers on a lengthy 12-play, 96-yard scoring march.
 
 Mason  converted a  4th-and-1 from the Aggies' 4-yard line with a 3-yard surge
 to  keep  the march moving,  and after a  sack left Auburn facing 3rd-and-goal
 from  the  13, Marshall  found Quan Bray  on a 13-yard  scoring strike to give
 Auburn a 17-14 lead early in the second.
 
 Lambo  nailed a 37-yard field goal later in the frame to even the score before
 Manziel  went  back to Evans to  break the tie,  as the Aggies' wideout took a
 screen  pass  down the right sideline,  stiff-armed a defender and reached the
 ball across the goal line to send the Aggies into the break with a 24-17 lead.
 
 Auburn  pulled even  again on  their second  drive of  the third  quarter when
 Marshall  hit  Sammie Coates for a  43-yard score, but Manziel answered with a
 33-yard scoring strike to Evans to restore the Aggies' seven-point edge.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Manziel  racked up  over 500 total yards  for the fifth time in his career ...
 The  Aggies scored 40-plus points for the 10th straight game ... Auburn rushed
 for  379  yards while  holding Texas  A&M to  133 rushing  yards ... Texas A&M
 finished  5-of-13 on  third  downs ...  Evans set  the  Texas A&M  single-game
 receiving record with 279 yards against the Crimson Tide on Sept. 14.
 
 
 10/20 02:01:09 ET