Texas A&M Aggies: Johnny Manziel Toughs Out Knee Injury to Knock Down Ole Miss Rebels

By Colby Lanham
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel hands off to RB Ben Malena as the Aggies survive a shoot out against the Ole Miss Rebels.
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Last season, the name “Johnny Football” was born in Texas A&M in reference to quarterback Johnny Manziel, who went on to become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

And so, the legend continues as Manziel led the Aggies on a game-winning drive with the go-ahead field goal by Josh Lambo as time expired to hand the Aggies a hard-fought 41-38 victory against the Ole Miss Rebels.

Despite one of the best game-winning drives of the season, Manziel also had perhaps one of the scariest moments of 2013 when he hurt his knee in the first half as he was rolling to his left with no contact. Manziel had to be helped off the field, but soon returned with a knee brace over the injured knee.

The results since were a very respectable 31-of-39 passing for 346 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. However, despite Manziel’s lack of touchdown passes, the Aggies still managed 586 total yards of offense, with 346 passing yards and 241 rushing yards on the ground. Manziel also showed no kind of obvious complications with his knee as he continued to evade the pass rush and do what Johnny Football does best: make plays.

Manziel led all rushers with 124 yards on the ground and added two rushing touchdowns, while Ben Malena finished with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown and Trey Williams  followed it up with 50 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, Travis Labhart and Malcome Kennedy led with 97 and 89 receiving yards, while Derel Walker finished with 72 yards. Mike Evans finished fourth in receiving yards with 46.

With the win, the Aggies moved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.

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