- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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We must have exhausted our drama supply with the last-second field goal in Fayetteville and the last-minute turnover in Jacksonville. The SEC's early games provided some pretty riveting entertainment, but it didn't carry over into the night games. Texas A&M dropped Auburn deeper into one of the worst seasons in its history in one of the most lopsided SEC games of the season. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt improved itself to .500 on the season with a whitewashing of Massachusetts.
Texas A&M 63, Auburn 21: Even once you know the final margin, the box score of this game will amaze you. The Aggies' offense did whatever it wanted in Jordan-Hare Stadium -- for that matter, the second stringers did whatever they wanted, too. Texas A&M outgained the Tigers 196-3 in the first quarter on the way to a final yardage disparity of 671-335.
Johnny Manziel picked right back up in his high-flying ways after a setback loss to LSU. The freshman completed 16-of-23 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, and he added another 90 yards and three touchdowns on the ground before taking to the bench early in the third quarter.
Texas A&M scored touchdowns on eight of its first nine possessions, and the one non-scoring drive in that stretch ended in a missed field goal. The Aggies rushed for an absurd 352 yards on 48 carries -- an average of 7.3 yards per rush -- on the way to six total rushing touchdowns from four different players. The Aggies' defense got in on the fun as well, as they racked up six sacks on Auburn quarterbacks.
If there was any kind of bright spot whatsoever for Auburn, it was the play of Jonathan Wallace, who replaced Kiehl Frazier at quarterback and completed 6-of-9 passes for 122 yards and two scores. But that was far too little, too late, and his production came mostly against Aggie backups.
Vanderbilt 49, Massachusetts 7: Sure, UMass is winless its first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Commodores were supposed to take care of business. But 4-4 is still 4-4, and Vanderbilt can now set its sights on bowl eligibility with games against Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest remaining.
Again, you have to consider the competition, but Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers delivered his best performance of the season by going 17-of-21 for 217 yards and two touchdowns and adding 22 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Commodores balanced their aerial attack almost perfectly with 226 rushing yards, led by 98 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries from freshman Brian Kimbrow.
Vanderbilt finished the night with 443 total yards -- just the second time this season the Commodores have eclipsed 400 yards of offense. The other occasion came against FCS foe Presbyterian.
We must have exhausted our drama supply with the last-second field goal in Fayetteville and the last-minute turnover in Jacksonville. The SEC's early games provided some pretty riveting entertainment, but it didn't carry over into the night games.