Auburn had the perfect blueprint to knock off Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M from College Station, Texas on Saturday night and it was all made possible by the terrific running of junior running back Tre Mason.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound runner form Palm Beach, Fla. had his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season as he finished three yards shy of his career-high in yards as he racked up 178 yards on 27 carries.
Auburn needed every one of those 27 carries as his last carry of the day would result in the game winning touchdown from five yards out with 1:19 on the clock and put the Tigers up by four.
Mason was not the only rushing star for Auburn as quarterback Nick Marshall ran for 100 yards on 20 carries and the team finished with 60 attempts for 279 yards and four touchdowns. The 6.3 yards per carry average kept Manziel and the high-octane offense off the field just long enough to leave with a road win.
Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee devised the perfect game plan to defeat Manziel, but it takes the players to execute the plan. Mason, Marshall and the Auburn defense did just that vs. Texas A&M as Malzahn enjoys his return to The Plains.
The win gave Auburn its sixth of the season and doubled the Tiger’s total from a year ago and made them eligible for a bowl season after only seven games.
What a difference a year makes.