Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Damontre Moore were honored on Sunday for their strong play in the Aggies’ 48-3 road victory over in-state rival SMU.
Manziel, a redshirt freshman from Kerrville Tivy High School, was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week by Southern Pigskin and received honorable mention National Quarterback of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
Manziel broke or matched multiple Texas A&M freshman records, including passing yards (294), passing touchdowns (4) and total offense (418). He also became the first Aggie QB to rush for more than 100 yards in a game since Stephen McGee rushed for 167 against Nebraska in 2007, and his 124 rushing yards were the second-most ever by a freshman QB.
For the game, Manziel completed 20-of-36 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for 124 yards on 13 carries, which pushed his total offense to 418 yards. He had TD runs of 48 and 15 yards, and he connected on aerials TDs of 29 yards, 26 yards, 42 yards and 12 yards.
Moore, a junior from Rowlett High School, received honorable mention National Defensive Lineman of the Week from the CFPA. Moore continues to hold the national lead in quarterback sacks per game after sacking SMU QB Garrett Gilbert twice. Moore contributed an all-around effort against the Ponies with six total tackles, including four solo hits, two sacks, two QB hurries and a pass breakup. Moore spear-headed a strong Aggie defensive effort that limited the Mustangs to just 309 total yards on 74 plays (4.2 per play). The Aggies became the second team to hold a June Jones-coached SMU squad to no touchdowns in more than four seasons and 55 games on the Hilltop.