- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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So the Aggies had to endure another thriller in order to pull out a 41-38 road win at Ole Miss. Here are three things we learned from the win:
Johnny Manziel is tough: The Heisman Trophy winner got beat up some against the Rebels. He apparently hurt his left knee in the first half, but after applying a brace, returned to put together a masterful performance. He took some big hits in the fourth quarter, but Manziel kept getting up and put his team in position to win.
The Aggies can rely on receivers not named Mike Evans: Evans has been Manziel's go-to guy but on Saturday it was Travis Labhart who led the team in receiving with eight catches for 97 yards. Malcome Kennedy added seven receptions for 89 yards, and Derel Walker had five for 72. So Manziel was able to spread the wealth to guys other than Evans, who had four catches for 46 yards.
The defense can get a key stop or two but still needs a lot of improvement: When the Aggies had to have a stop on Ole Miss' last offensive possession, the defense got that. But it was another rough night for a struggling A&M defense. The first half wasn't so bad. but Deshazor Everett got sidelined for a bit by an injury and there were some big plays given up in the second half, especially in the passing game. Overall the Aggies allowed 462 yards, including 329 passing. The Aggies got key stops against Arkansas as well, but the defense has to be better start to finish.
2dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
3dEdward Aschoff and Greg Ostendorf