COLLEGE STATION, Texas —
Manziel had been investigated for allegedly accepting money for autographs from memorabilia brokers, a violation of NCAA rules that could have led to a much longer suspension.
Instead, Manziel only had to sit out the first two quarters to start a season that followed a very special one: He became the first freshman to win the Heisman, set numerous school and Southeastern Conference records and led the Aggies to an 11-2 mark and a victory over No. 1 Alabama.
As for the opener, Joeckel threw for 190 yards and a touchdown to help the Aggies to a 28-21 lead at halftime.
Manziel came in on Texas A&M’s first offensive series of the second half. He scrambled for 12 and 7 yards, threw an incompletion and then was sacked and the Aggies capped his first drive with a 44-yard field goal.
Manziel extended A&M’s lead to 38-21 with the touchdown pass to Evans.