SMU had its chances in the first quarter to jump out on its old conference foe.
The Mustangs, however, failed to take advantage of Texas A&M's sputtering offense in the first quarter. And once the Aggies started clicking, freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel made sure the Mustangs didn't have a chance after that.
Manziel accounted for 418 total yards and six touchdowns in three quarters as Texas A&M beat SMU 48-3 Saturday.Manziel threw for four touchdowns and a school-freshman-record 294 yards. He also had 13 carries for 124 yards and a pair of a scoring runs.
"We came out physical and fast," SMU linebacker Taylor Reed said. "Unfortunately, we ran out of gas toward the end." The Aggies punted three times in the first quarter and failed on fourth-and-2 from the SMU 34.
The Mustangs then got a break early in the second quarter when Texas A&M's Taylor Bertolet missed a 23-yard field goal. "If we had answered anything when the defense stopped them, I think everybody would have rallied up," Mustangs coach June Jones said. "We just couldn't convert anything."