Monday, October 14, 2013
Player of the week: SEC
By Sam Khan Jr.
Just when you thought Johnny Manziel showed you everything in his bag of tricks, he pulls another one out of it to satisfy his audience.
On Saturday, it was overcoming a brief scare from a first-half knee injury and overcoming a pair of second-half turnovers to lead Texas A&M to a 41-38 come-from-behind win at Ole Miss, the second straight season the Aggies had to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Manziel was once again dazzling in his performance, completing 31-of-39 passes for 349 yards and rushing for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. It is the fourth time in his career that he has thrown for 300 or more and rushed for 100 or more in the same game, more times than anybody in FBS history.
Most of those numbers were garnered after Manziel fell to the turf, clutching his left knee, with 5:58 remaining in the second quarter, after throwing an incomplete pass. After some brief uncertainty, Manziel was tended to by the trainers, slid a brace onto the knee, tested it and returned to the field for another in what has been a long line of impressive performances for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
In the fourth quarter he helped engineer three late scoring drives, two that kept the Aggies neck and neck with the Rebels after falling behind by a touchdown on two occasions and the game-winning drive, which was capped by a 33-yard Josh Lambo field goal as time expired.
"The thing that makes him different is that he's one of the greatest competitors that I've ever been around," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "He takes chances, plays a little bit on the edge but because of that, that's what makes him [who he is]. He's only got one way to do things."
If Manziel keeps it up, the No. 7 Aggies (5-1, 2-1 SEC) can feel good about what's ahead in the second half of the season.