Rapid Reaction: Mississippi State latest team to get Manziel-ed


Here’s a couple of quick thoughts on the Aggies’ 38-13 blowout win of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

What it means: Texas A&M moves to 7-2 overall, and they are in sole third place in the SEC West. With the loss, Mississippi State drops to 7-2, and they are losers in back-to-back games. The Aggies are the best two-loss team in the country ranked at #16 coming into this week. This was a convincing beating handed to the Bulldogs, who were ranked as high as #11 last week before losing to Alabama.

What I liked: Johnny Manziel went off again, accounting for 440 yards and two touchdowns. It’s the same story, different Saturday for the Heisman hopeful. He was running circles around the MSU defense just like he did against Arkansas. Oh, and speaking of Arkansas, the Hogs looked like the worst defense in the country at that time giving up 716 total yards to the Aggies. However, the Bulldogs gave up nearly as much with 693 yards, and 361 of them came on the ground.

Another aspect of the Aggies offense that continues to get better is the running game. Ben Malena and Christine Michael rushed for a combined 162 yards and three touchdowns. The emergence of Malena and Michael in the running game has been a massive asset to the explosive Manziel.

The biggest takeaway from the Aggies in this game was not Manziel but the defensive dominance over the Bulldogs. Allowing just 310 total yards, 98 rushing yards and 2-10 on third down, it was a dominant performance by the Aggies overall. The defense set the tempo early in the game, and it was over early in the first half. Damontre Moore is a monster.

What I didn’t like: Mississippi State has now dropped two SEC games in a row. The 7-0 start looks like it had everything to do with the weak schedule now more than ever. They faced two good SEC-caliber teams and were outscored 76-20. MSU had their chance to gain tons of respect today by limiting Manziel and the Aggies’ explosive offense coming away with a win, but that obviously didn’t happen.

Who’s the man: Johnny Manziel is known for his running ability more than his passing ability. But he came out today and completed 30 of 36 passes for 311 yards, completing 83 percent of his attempts  He’s turning into a more efficient passer as well as the big-play threat in the running game.  If he goes off against Alabama next week, he’ll launch himself right back into Heisman race.

Key play: With 11:51 left in the second quarter, Johnny Manziel broke off a 37-yard run for a PlayStation-like touchdown. He’s like a video game out there running circles around defenses.

What’s next: Don’t look now, but the Aggies have a monster game against Alabama next week. The Aggies’ offense against the Bama defense will be a massive battle, and it will be must-see TV.  Mississippi State returns to SEC play with a road trip to LSU.



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  • Don’t know if you saw it, but there was a play in the 3rd quarter where Damontre Moore ran down a Bulldog wideout in full sprint mode, 40 yards from the line of scrimmage. It was like everyone else was standing still… a D-friggin’ lineman ran down a skill player 40 yards downfield! That was one of the most impressive plays I’ve seen on the defensive side of the field in, well, since the Honey Badger.

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