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3 Up, 3 Down: Texas A&M 48, SMU 3

9/16/2012

DALLAS -- Texas A&M scored its first win of the season and its first win of the Kevin Sumlin era, dominating SMU 48-3 on Saturday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Let's look back at some of the good and the bad from the win:

THREE UP:

1. 'Johnny Football' dazzles: Coming out of Kerrville (Texas) Tivy, quarterback Johnny Manziel was known for his playmaking ability, particular when improvising. He showed off that ability extensively on Saturday en route to a Texas A&M freshman single-game record 294 passing yards and four touchdowns in addition to a game-high 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

2. Mike Evans breaks out: The redshirt freshman hasn't been playing football long, but you wouldn't know it by his performance on Saturday. In the first half, Evans caught six passes for 123 yards, including a 38-yard reception. He showed speed, athleticism and physicality and could be a star in the making if he continues to progress at this rate.

3. Defense, defense, defense: The Aggies held SMU to just 309 offensive yards and were terrific on third downs, holding the Mustangs to 3-of-18 on conversions. Damontre Moore added two sacks, giving him five on the season and the Aggies tackled better than they did in their 20-17 loss to Florida.

THREE DOWN:

1. Suspensions: Though it didn't occur on Saturday, the Aggies have to be disappointed in seniors Christine Michael and Steven Campbell, who missed the SMU game for what coach Kevin Sumlin called a violation of team rules. It didn't impact the result, but certainly Sumlin wants better examples set by his upperclassmen. Sumlin said the pair was notified Thursday of the decision, but he didn't disclose the reason for the suspensions.

2. Penalties: While the Aggies offense and defense was clicking well enough to make the penalties mostly irrelevant, they still committed to many for the coaches' liking. Texas A&M was penalized nine times for 85 yards.

3. Running backs: With Michael absent, the running back trio turned into a duo with junior Ben Malena and freshman Trey Williams. Both contributed and Williams scored his first career touchdown late in the game, but neither was able to generate many explosive plays. Combined, the duo averaged 3.8 yards per carry. With Manziel rushing for 124, it wasn't an issue, and in fairness, they didn't get a ton of touches (Williams had 12 carries and a reception, Malena had 8).