9. Texas A&M’s first SEC touchdown
Everyone has their first impression of Texas A&M moving to the SEC. I remember being told several times that an Aggie team that gave up what seemed like 15 halftime leads could not possibly find success in the SEC West. Even people in high places at A&M were less than confident. But, out came a redshirt freshman quarterback that blew away expectations around the program. Johnny singlehandidly changed the program, almost overnight.
In the first year of Texas A&M being in the SEC, it was important that the Aggies start well. After Hurricane Isaac delayed the Lousisana Tech game, the Florida Gators came to town. With coach Will Muschamp, the Gators were going to have a great defense. In the first quarter, the Gators were leading the Aggies 7-3. To cap off a 13-play, 81 yard drive, Johnny Manziel punched it into the end zone for the first (of many) SEC touchdowns that Texas A&M would score.
It was also the first time Aggies in Kyle Field saw this new quarterback, and he came away having impressed, even with stats that didn’t jump off the page. Aggies knew that new coach Kevin Sumlin had his quarterback, and were looking forward to new beginnings and a high scoring offense.