OXFORD, Miss. — Johnny Manziel and Josh Lambo provided the fourth-quarter heroics that helped Texas A&M escape Mississippi with a thrilling 41-38 victory on Saturday.
Now the No. 7 Aggies (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) head back to Kyle Field for a four-game homestand that could vault the Aggies right back into the national championship discussion.
The conversation is possible because of an impressive comeback by Texas A&M. The Aggies fell behind 38-31 with 6:05 remaining, but Manziel led a 75-yard drive, capped by his 6-yard touchdown run, to tie the game at 38 with 3:07 remaining.
After Texas A&M’s defense held, Manziel had runs of 12 and 13 yards during the Aggies’ final drive, and Lambo booted the 33-yard field goal as time expired for the victory.
It was another example of Manziel’s uncanny ability to rise to the occasion. The sophomore completed 31 of 39 passes for 346 yards and rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Aggies’ offense overcome an uncharacteristically slow start.
He also fought off an injury scare in the first quarter. He rolled out to his left and threw a long pass before falling to the turf while clutching his left knee. After a few minutes lying on the ground, he limped to the sidelines, but just one play before rejoining the offense on the next drive.
“The thing that makes him different — and I’ve said this before — is he’s so competitive,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “He plays on the edge. He only knows one way and that’s who he is. There’s only one way to do things and if he can’t go 100 percent, then he won’t go. I asked him, ‘Are you sure you can go?’ and he said he could - I knew he had to be OK.”
Now the Aggies will face No. 24 Auburn on Saturday at Kyle Field. Then it’s Vanderbilt (Oct. 26), UTEP (Nov. 2) and Mississippi State (Nov. 9) before the team’s next road game against LSU on Nov. 23.