- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M doesn't appear to be having any trouble in its first Southeastern Conference game. The Aggies have actually made Florida look like a newcomer to the league here at Kyle Field.
Stat of the half: The Aggies have already run 48 plays. If the first-half pace holds, Texas A&M will run 96 compared to Florida's 62.
Player of the half: Aggies QB Johnny Manziel has pretty much been unstoppable. He isn't playing like a redshirt freshman making his first career start. He has made good decisions, both with where to go with the ball and when to run. He's 16-of-20 for 141 yards and has run for 41 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. The Gators aren't getting to him with the pass rush, and when they have, Manziel has escaped and made a big play.
What's working for Florida: Not much. The Gators have done an OK job of running the ball, but the yardage total doesn't reflect that because of the sacks. Mike Gillislee has had some success in the middle of the line of scrimmage. UF has also had success with the wildcat package with Trey Burton at quarterback.
What's not working for Florida: It's kind of an extensive list. UF's defense is having a hard time handling A&M's offensive tempo. The Gators knew the Aggies would try to run a lot of plays but can't seem to keep up. The Gators also are getting pushed around on the line of scrimmage and giving up yardage on the ground up the middle. They also have no answer for Manziel. He's hurting Florida with his feet as much as his arm. UF's defenders are running down the field chasing receivers, and once Manziel gets by the line of scrimmage he's got plenty of room. Florida QB Jeff Driskel is holding the ball too long. The short passing game is working, but when Driskel tries to go downfield he's waiting too long to throw, and that has resulted in several sacks.
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