This game got off to another slow start but unlike last week the Aggies didn’t fall behind early. Defense showed up in this game forcing the Tigers into a three and out on two of their three possessions in the first quarter. The Tigers had a combined 48 yards on three possessions each ending in a punt. On their third punt De’Vante Harris fumbled the punt return.
Johnny Manziel struggled early trying to fight through a thumb injury that he suffered during the game against Mississippi State. His throwing hand collided with center Mike Matthews helmet, a quarterbacks worst nightmare. Many quarterbacks have broken fingers in such situations.
During the first quarter the Aggies ran 23 plays for 103 yards (4.5 ypp). Looked as if Clarence McKinney wanted to take the ball out of Manziel’s hand and just run the ball for the most part. On the first drive Manziel went 1/2 for four yards and five yards rushing. The Aggies used three running backs on the drive that ended in a punt.
On their second drive of the game the Aggies were on a mission to put some points on the board. Manziel would go 4/4 on this drive for 15 yards but no touchdown pass. A bulk of the damage would come on the drive from Tra Carson on a 29 yard run to the end zone. Aggies would take the lead 7-0. Scoring Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards 03:14 TOP.
On their third possession the Aggies looked to extend their lead but after getting one first down they would have to punt the ball away to end the quarter. Manziel would go 2/3 for 12 yards with four yards rushing.