Football Bowl Subdivision

                === No. 9 Texas A&M stomps Sam Houston State ===
 College Station, TX (Sports Network) - One week after his team took down then-
 No.  1 Alabama,  Johnny Manziel  continued to  make his  case for  the Heisman
 Trophy on Saturday.
 Manziel  threw  for 267 yards and  three touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing, while
 running  for 100 yards and two scores on 16 carries as No. 9 Texas A&M knocked
 off Sam Houston State, 47-28, at Kyle Field.
 The  freshman from Kerrville,  TX was removed from the game early in the third
 quarter,  but  not before becoming the  first freshman in FBS history to throw
 for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
 Jameill  Showers threw  for 86 yards and  a score, while Mike Evans caught six
 passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies (9-2), who have won four
 LeKendrick  Williams and  Uzoma Nwachukwu  hauled in  touchdown passes  in the
 Brian Bell threw for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 14-of-30
 passing,  while Timothy Flanders, Chris Grett and Ridgeway Frank added rushing
 touchdowns  for  the Bearkats (8-3). K.J.  Williams caught a touchdown pass in
 Texas A&M wasted no time taking the lead as the Aggies struck for seven points
 on  the  opening drive of the  game. Manziel led an efficient 12-play, 72-yard
 drive  to the Sam  Houston goal line before capping the drive with a 7-yard TD
 strike to Evans, giving his team the early 7-0 lead.
 "The last two weeks and even back to Mississippi State, the throws he has made
 have  been  critical to us getting  better offensively," Texas A&M coach Kevin
 Sumlin  said. "Kliff  Kingsbury  has done  a  great job  of  working with  him
 throughout  the  year to develop  his confidence in  the passing game. I think
 it's  an  understanding by  him  of  the defense  and  our  personnel. It  has
 definitely helped us offensively."
 The  Aggies extended their lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter as Manziel
 conjured  up  a perfect balance  of runs and  passes during an 8-play, 95-yard
 drive  before  he finished the trek  with a 10-yard  TD strike to Evans in the
 back left corner of the end zone.
 With 5:25 on the second-quarter clock, Texas A&M began an offensive possession
 on the Sam Houston 13-yard line following an interception by Donnie Baggs.
 The  Aggies needed just three plays to find the end zone again as Manziel went
 with  an option to the right on 3rd-and-1. He quickly went left and hustled to
 the  pylon  for a 4-yard  score. The extra-point try  was muffed, giving A&M a
 20-0 lead.
 Texas  A&M  began its next  drive on  the 29 following  a Sam Houston punt and
 Trey  Williams finished  a 4-play, 70-yard march with a 6-yard TD dive, making
 it 27-0 late in the first half.
 Manziel  put the exclamation point on a dominant second quarter with brilliant
 play  fake on  the Sam  Houston goal  line which  resulted in  an easy  1-yard
 touchdown run and a 34-0 halftime lead.
 "I  was disappointed in the first half. I told our guys we didn't have to play
 perfect in this game to have a chance to win, but we would have to play pretty
 good.  We didn't  play  very well  in  the  first half.  We  made some  mental
 mistakes,  didn't tackle  very well, and missed some assignments offensively,"
 Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz said.
 After forcing a Sam Houston punt to begin the third quarter, Texas A&M got the
 ball  back  at its own 11-yard  line. On the  first play of the drive, Manziel
 finished  off  his afternoon with style  by hitting Nwachukwu in stride for an
 89-yard touchdown strike, widening the margin to 40-0.
 Showers  took over under center on the Aggies' next possession and the offense
 didn't  skip  a beat as the  sophomore signal-caller hooked up with LeKendrick
 Williams  on the  first  play of  the  drive for  an  80-yard touchdown  pass,
 ballooning the lead to 47-0.
 The  Bearkats finally got on the board late in the third quarter when Flanders
 capped an 18-play, 75-yard drive with a 2-yard plunge to the end zone.
 The  Bearkats recovered  the ensuing onside kick  and got the ball back on the
 Aggies' 49. Bell then connected with K.J. Williams on a 9-yard touchdown pass,
 making it 47-14 with 14:20 on the fourth-quarter clock.
 Frank  finished off  an 8-play,  55-yard drive  with a  1-yard touchdown  push
 for  Sam Houston State  with 5:37 remaining, and Grett bulled his way into the
 end  zone  from five yards out  later in the  quarter to account for the final
                                   Game Notes
 Texas  A&M  is unbeaten in 12  all-time meetings with Sam Houston State, going
 11-0-1  ... Prior to  Saturday's encounter, the teams had only met once in the
 last 70 years, with A&M winning back in 1997, 59-6 ... Texas A&M scored on its
 opening  drive of  the game  for  the eighth  consecutive game  ... Texas  A&M
 outgained  Sam  Houston State,  527-382 ...  The Aggies  went 3-of-10 on third
 down, while the Bearkats finished 8-of-20 on third down.
 11/17 20:29:48 ET

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