Texas A&M Football Postgame Notes vs Mississippi State

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at No. 11 Texas A&M 51, Mississippi state 41
ABOUT THE WIN...
• Crowd for the final game in the old Kyle Field was 88,504, which is the third-largest crowd in stadium history. With eight home games in 2013, Kyle Field drew a record 697,003 fans in its final season before the $450 million redevelopment. A&M currently leads the FBS in accumulated attendance in 2013.
• The victory over Mississippi State marked the program’s 700th win. Texas A&M becomes the 17th program in FBS history to reach that milestone.
• The A&M offense generated 537 total yards, the NCAA-best ninth straight game with at least 500 yards.
• Scoring 51 points marked the 13th straight game that the Aggies have tallied at least 40 points, which is the longest active streak in FBS.
• The Aggies improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 against the SEC.

Manziel MAKES HIS CASE
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel generated 493 total yards, including 446 passing yard and five touchdowns against Mississippi State.
• Manziel was just seven yards shy of his sixth 500 yard game in his career, he remains the only player in SEC history with multiple 500+ yard games.
• Manziel passed for 446 yards and five touchdowns on 30-of-39 attempts against the Bulldogs. It was his fifth career 400-yard passing game and his fourth in 2013. He has five of the nine 400-yard games in school history. The five passing TDs matched a career high (also had five against Alabama earlier this season).
• It’s the fourth straight game that Manziel rushed or passed for four or more TDs.
• He generated 300 or more total yards for his 19th straight start (Did not start vs. Rice in season-opener).

Manziel Milestones
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel surpassed the 3,000-yard plateau in passing yards in his 10th game of the season. He is the first Aggie to do it twice, and joins Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill as the only A&M players to reach 3,000 yards in a season.
• Manziel also broke the A&M school record for career total offense, breaking the old record of 8,888 by Jerrod Johnson from 2007-10. In 23 career games, Manziel has generated 9,040 total yards.
• Manziel threw five touchdowns against the Bulldogs, including his 31st of the season which broke the single-season record previously held by Jerrod Johnson (30 in 2009).
• Manziel also became the second Aggie QB to surpass 2,000 rushing yards, joining Bucky Richardson who had 2,095 from 1987-1991.

Evans passes Swoope
• Mike Evans broke the season receiving yards record in style with a 75-yard connection with QB Johnny Manziel. He broke the old record of 1,207 set by Ryan Swope in 2011. Evans finished with 116 yards on 5 catches and now has 1,263 for the season.

Miscellaneous NOTABLES
• 12th Man Sam Moeller blocked a Bulldog punt that rolled through the endzone for a safety. It was the first time the 12th Man has ever blocked a punt in a game. It also marked the second straight game that the Aggies have had a punt block resulting in a safety. It was the first time A&M has had punt blocks in consecutive games since 2008 when the Aggies had blocks against Baylor and Texas to end the season.
• Burlsworth Award candidate Travis Labhart had his first career 100-yard receiving game with 102 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 catches. The Burlsworth is given to the nation’s most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on.
• It was the final home game for 13 seniors. Four TDs were scored by seniors -- two by Travis Labhart and one by Nehemiah Hicks and Ben Malena. For Hicks, his first career TD came in his final home game.

12th MAN, POLO, CAPTAINS, COIN TOSS
• For the 10th straight game, sophomore defensive back Sam Moeller was the 12th Man.
• Wearing the #90 jersey in memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu was true freshman Hardreck Walker (normally wears #98). Manukainiu died in a tragic car accident last summer.
• The Aggies’ team captain representative at the coin toss was junior Mike Evans because senior captains Toney Hurd Jr., Ben Malena and Jake Matthews were involved in the Senior Day festivities. Mississippi State won the toss and elected to receive.




 
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