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Manziel leads No. 11 A&M over Mississippi St 51-41

AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Whether or not Saturday was Johnny
Manziel's last home game, the Heisman Trophy winner certainly
made sure to soak in every last moment.

Manziel threw for 446 yards and tied a career-high with five
touchdown passes to lead No. 11 Texas A&M to a 51-41 win over
Mississippi State.

The crowd chanted "one more year" late in the game for Manziel,
who is eligible for the draft after this season. Whether he
comes back remains to be seen, but he went into the stands to
celebrate with the student section when the game was over.

Manziel denied that he even has entertained the thought that he
might not play here again.

"Not one bit," he said. "I'm focused on trying to get us to a
BCS bowl."

He did admit that Saturday was an emotional day and said that
the crowd was "awesome."

"With the chant and with the energy they brought ... just a
great way to end this year," he said putting extra emphasis on
the words "this year."

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin wouldn't directly discuss whether
he thought Manziel would leave.

"We have a process that we go through," Sumlin said. "We talk
all the time about opportunities down the road ... I think we
have enough of a relationship as a coaching staff with our
players that those conversations will happen."

Among the crowd of 88,504, third largest ever at A&M, on hand to
see Manziel play at Kyle Field for the possibly final time was
former President George H.W. Bush and former Texas A&M and
current St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha.

Texas governor Rick Perry was the co-pilot in the pre-game
flyover and also attended the game.

Receiver Malcome Kennedy seemed resigned to Manziel leaving

"Everybody would love to see him back here again," he said. "But
you have to make some decisions in life and it was fun playing
with him."

Manziel set a school career record for total yards with 9,040
and a single-season record with 31 touchdown passes. He became
just the second A&M quarterback to run for 2,000 yards in a
career and has 3,313 yards passing this year to become the first
Aggie with two 3,000-yard passing seasons.

Johnny Football was his swashbuckling self in a game that has
become pretty typical for the defensively challenged Aggies.

Mississippi State cut the lead to 10 points early in the fourth
quarter, but Manziel threw his fifth touchdown pass to make it
44-27 for A&M (8-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference). The defense
grabbed an interception and Ben Malena's 2-yard TD run extended
the lead to 51-27.

Dak Prescott threw for 149 yards and two scores and ran for 154
yards for Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4).

Kennedy and Travis Labhart had two touchdown receptions each.
Mike Evans had 116 yards receiving to break the school
single-season record with 1,263.

The Bulldogs got within 10 points again after a touchdown throw
by Tyler Russell with 2:19 remaining. But the onside kick was
recovered by A&M.

Bulldogs receiver Jameon Lewis threw a touchdown pass to Joe
Morrow on a reverse early in the fourth quarter to get within

Trey Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a
touchdown. But it was negated by an unsportsmanlike conduct
penalty after he flipped into the end zone.

"He's a fun-loving kid but he's got to understand what's at
stake every time he's playing," Sumlin said. "That wasn't very

The Aggies got the ball at the 18 and Manziel threw his fifth
touchdown pass three plays later.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to 10 points late in the third quarter
on a touchdown pass by Prescott. But A&M made it 37-20 two plays
later on a 15-yard run by Williams. That scored was set up by a
75-yard reception by Evans.

Russell started the game in place of Prescott, who missed
practice this week after his mother died of cancer on Sunday.
Prescott entered the game on Mississippi State's third drive and
got the majority of the snaps after that.

Prescott's twitter profile had three pictures of him and his
mother, the biggest one featuring him kissing her bald head as
she smiled broadly. Before the game he tweeted: "I Live for you,
I Play for you (hash)MOM."

"Obviously to go through what he had to go through and come out
and perform, I'm just proud of him," Mississippi State coach Dan
Mullen said, his voice cracking. "He's an amazing young man
beyond being a football player, a man that most parents would be
proud if their kids grew up that way."

Manziel was intercepted three times, twice by Jamerson Love. The
turnovers helped keep Mississippi State close, but the Bulldogs
couldn't keep up.

"He made enough plays for us to win - made some big plays,"
Sumlin said of Manziel. "I'm sure there's a couple of them I
know he'd like to have back. He had five touchdowns, for most
people that's pretty good."

Manziel evaded the rush and connected with Kennedy for a 21-yard
touchdown to extend Texas A&M's lead to 30-14 in the third

Manziel had a highlight-reel play on A&M's next drive when he
did a nifty spin move to avoid a defender before dashing away
and Derel Walker for a 26-yard gain on third-and-25. But
Manziel's third interception came two plays later when Nickoe
Whitley picked him off inside the 5.

No matter. Johnny Football left them happy as usual at Kyle

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