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11/17/2012 8:17 PM EST
Manziel leads Aggies over Bearkats 47-28
TEXAS A&M 47, SAM HOUSTON ST 28

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Johnny Football can throw and run
with ease. But the exceptional skills of Texas A&M's star don't
extend to kicking.



Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran
for 100 yards and two more scores and No. 9 Texas A&M beat Sam
Houston State 47-28 Saturday.



The redshirt freshman with the cool nickname threw an 89-yard
touchdown pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu on A&M's first offensive play
of the second half.



The dual-threat quarterback then attempted the extra point, but
it sailed wide right, ending the Heisman hopeful's day with A&M
(9-2) leading 40-0.



Coach Kevin Sumlin got a good chuckle when asked if he might
lose Heisman votes for the missed kick.



"I don't know," he said laughing. "I don't know that it will
cost him anything."



But it did cause his teammates to tease him a bit.



"Come on Johnny, you're better than that," Nwachukwu said he
told Manziel.



Sumlin said Manziel had been practicing kicks for a couple of
weeks and made some in practice. He decided to let him kick to
break up the monotony of the season, and "keep it fun."



Manziel broke the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of
1,029 yards set by Missouri's Brad Smith in 2002, and the
freshman record for total offense of 3,827 yards set in 2000 by
Jared Lorenzen on A&M's first drive.



He also became the fifth player and first freshman in FBS
history to pass for at least 3,000 yards with at least 1,000
yards rushing in a season.



His 4,161 yards are a school record for total offense in a
season.



Sumlin said he didn't know if Manziel was the best player in the
country, but raved about his star.



"I know that he's playing very, very well and he's been a
catalyst for us," Sumlin said. "Certainly his numbers speak for
himself, not just for this year but throughout football history.
From a numbers standpoint, it's hard to argue that he's not one
of the best players in the country right now."



A week after their stunning upset of top-ranked Alabama, the
Aggies (9-2) led by seven after one, and used a 27-point second
quarter to build a big lead over last year's Championship
Subdivision runner-up.



Sam Houston State (8-3), which has already clinched a share of
the Southland Conference title this year, had a seven-game
winning streak snapped with the loss.



It's their last regular-season game before they return to the
playoffs next week.



"I did a poor job of preparing our guys," Sam Houston coach
Willie Fritz said. "They showed us why they're a top-10 team in
the country. That's why they beat Alabama."



Manziel got Texas A&M going when he found Mike Evans on a 7-yard
pass on the first drive to make it 7-0.



The Aggies had to punt on their next two possessions before the
offense started rolling again. Manziel hooked up with Evans
again, this time on a 10-yard pass, to push the lead to 14-0
early in the second quarter.



Manziel had a 22-yard run and the Aggies got 13 extra yards at
the end of it after a personal foul penalty on Darnell Taylor
earlier in that drive.



Running back Christine Michael was ejected at the end of the
play where Evans scored his second touchdown. Michael, a senior,
and some Sam Houston players were pushing each other before
Michael threw a punch.



Daxton Swanson intercepted Manziel later in the second quarter.
It was Manziel's first interception since Oct. 20 against LSU,
and gave Swanson a school-record-tying 13 for his career.



The Bearkats couldn't take advantage of the miscue, and Bell was
intercepted by A&M's Donnie Baggs three plays later.



Manziel used his feet on the next score, dashing in from 4
yards. Taylor Bertolet missed the extra point to leave the score
at 20-0.



Nwachukwu had a 40-yard catch to start Texas A&M's next drive,
and Trey Williams extended the lead to 27-0 with a 6-yard
touchdown run.



Linebacker Sean Porter forced a fumble and recovered it on Sam
Houston State's first play after Williams' touchdown. Nwachukwu,
who finished with 160 yards receiving, had a 19-yard
catch-and-run before Manziel hopped into the end zone untouched
on a 1-yard run to make it 34-0 at halftime.



Backup Jameill Showers connected with LeKendrick Williams for an
80-yard touchdown pass on his first play after Manziel left the
game to extend the lead to 47-0 early in the third.



Timothy Flanders had a 2-yard touchdown run for Sam Houston
State in the third quarter, and the Bearkats added three scores
against A&M's backups in the fourth quarter.



Texas A&M freshman receiver Thomas Johnson, who was found safe
by police in Dallas on Friday three days after he disappeared
from campus, did not attend the game.



"Thomas is with his family now," Sumlin said. "We've been in
communication with his parents and we'll see what happens from
there."

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