Sunday, November 25, 2012
3 Up, 3 Down: Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29
By Sam Khan Jr.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M closed out its regular season with a resounding 59-29 victory over Missouri on Saturday before 87,222 at Kyle Field. Let's look at the highs and lows from the victory:
1. 10 wins: The Aggies secured their 10th win, marking the first time since 1998 that Texas A&M has accomplished that feat. They finished 10-2 on the regular season and 6-2 in the SEC, good for a tie with LSU for second place in the SEC West.
2. Johnny Manziel's Heisman hopes: The redshirt freshman quarterback added to his resume on Saturday, putting up a 439-yard day (372 passing, 67 rushing) to go with five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing). He eclipsed former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's single-season SEC total yardage record of 4,327 (Manziel finished with 4,600 yards). Going into the final week of the season, Manziel could very well be the frontrunner for the award.
3. Senior contributions: Several Texas A&M seniors have been key to this season and on senior day, that was the case again. Christine Michael started it off by scoring the first touchdown and rushing for 60 yards and two scores in teh first half. Ryan Swope caught seven passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Defensive tackle Spencer Nealy had seven tackles, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup and center Patrick Lewis, linebackers Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart, cornerback Dustin Harris and safety Steven Terrell all played well.
1. Second-half defense: The game was in hand so it didn't have a big impact but the Aggies weren't as effective getting stops in the final two quarters as they were in the first two. After yielding 154 first-half yards, the Aggies allowed 311 in the second half to the Tigers. Some of that was gained against the second-team defense.
2. Fake punt: The Aggies' special teams yielded a 20-yard run on a fake punt in the second quarter. It was 42-0 Texas A&M at that point, so it's a nitpick, but it was a fairly easy gain by Missouri in the fourth-and-3 situation that ended up leading to the Tigers' first touchdown.
3. Fumbles: The Aggies fumbled three times (two from Trey Williams, one from Jameill Showers) but they didn't lose any of them. The only turnover of the day for the Aggies was an interception thrown by Manziel.