Howdy from Aggieland. It’s a dreary day so far with morning showers and its overcast here in College Station but the people here couldn’t be nicer. This is my first trip and like South Carolina last week, I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’ve also been cruising around and turning heads in my lime jellybean rental car. I listened to some of the women’s basketball game last night and was able to watch the men’s game on the internet. I noticed that former Texas A&M and Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill has a spot here in the press box for today’s game.
I’ll be here for the duration so stay tuned for updates throughout the day.
The Bulldogs have arrived and are currently walking the field.
MSU will wear its glossy maroon helmets with maroon facemasks and white uniforms.
Not only does Texas A&M’s campus have a whole Air Force base fell, it’s pregame festivities are strangely interesting as well.
MSU linebacker Deontae Skinner is out for today’s game with a sprained neck.
Tyler Russell will be the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs today.
Cool, former president George H. Bush is at the game today.
MSU won the toss and chose to receive.
Yup, the press box does shake just like they warned us about.
Russell does indeed start the game at quarterback but the Bulldogs three-and-out on the opening drive. Devon Bell starts at punter again.
Bulldogs force A&M to three-and-out on the opening drive as well.
I still don’t understand why teams continually run short yardage plays out of the shotgun.
Johnny Manziel with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy. Josh Lambo PAT, 7-0 A&M 5:45 1st
Dak Prescott in for the Bulldogs third series.
Josh Robinson with a 51-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 7-7 5:28
Jamerson Love picks off Manziel in the end zone. That was State’s first turnover since Oct. 5 against LSU.
Sam Moeller blocked Bell’s punt in the end zone for a safety, 9-7 A&M 1:28 1st
Manziel with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Travis Labhart. Lambo PAT, 16-7 A&M 0:06 1st
END 1ST QUARTER – TEXAS A&M 16, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7
Russell back in to start the 2nd quarter.
With that two yard loss on the return, Jameon Lewis now has minus-4 punt return yards this year.
Prescott with a 3-yard jump pass touchdown to De’Runnya Wilson. Sobiesk PAT, 16-14 A&M 0:54 2nd.
Manziel with an 11-yard touchdown to Labhart. Lambo PAT, 23-14 A&M 0:16 2nd.
HALFTIME – TEXAS A&M 23, MISSISSIPPI STATE 14
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: MSU 10; AM 16
Rushing yards: MSU 132; AM 62
Passing yards: MSU 59; AM 232
Total yards: MSU 191; AM 294
Turnovers: MSU 0; AM 1
Penalties: MSU 1-5; AM 5-65
Possession time: MSU 16:54; MSU 13:06
Rushing: MSU – Josh Robinson 5-65-TD; AM – Johnny Manziel 8-46
Passing: MSU – Tyler Russell 6-10-45-0-0; AM – Johnny Manziel 18-22-232-3-1
Receiving: MSU – De’Runnya Wilson 4-25-TD; Travis Labhart 5-75-2 TD
Tackles: MSU – Matthew Wells 4, Benardrick McKinney 4; AM – Deshazor Everett 5
P.J. Jones with his first career sack.
Love with his second interception of the day of Manziel.
Prescott starts the second half for the Bulldogs.
Manziel with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Kennedy. Lambo PAT, 30-14 A&M 7:34 3rd
Nickoe Whitley intercepts his 14th career pass.
Prescott with a 12-yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Perkins. Prescott’s two-point pass is intercepted. 30-20 A&M 0:44 3rd.
The 96-yard drive was the longest of the season for MSU.
The Aggies answer with a two-play 90-yard drive. Trey Williams scored on a 15-yard run. Lambo PAT, 37-20 A&M 0:12 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: TEXAS A&M 37, MISSISSIPPI STATE 20
Jameon Lewis with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Joe Morrow. Sobiesk PAT, 37-27 A&M 14:53 4th.
Williams returns the ensuing kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown but it’s taken away as he flipped into the end zone. Manziel takes care of that with his fifth touchdown pass of the game to Nehemiah Hicks. Lambo PAT, 44-27 A&M 13:54 4th.
Prescott picked off by Daeshon Hall and returned to the MSU 27-yard line.
Ben Malena with a 2-yard touchdown run. Lambo PAT, 51-27 A&M 10:52 4th.
Perkins with a 1-yard touchdown run. Prescott with a two-point conversion run, 51-35 A&M 4:07 4th
Prescott left the game after taking a hit on his left shoulder.
Russell with a 9-yard touchdown to Wilson. Russell’s two-point run failed, 51-41 A&M 3:03 4th
FINAL: TEXAS A&M 51, MISSISSIPPI STATE 41