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October 13, 2013

Mississippi falls to No. 9 Texas A&M 41-38

OXFORD —

 

OXFORD — Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel had a lot to deal with on Saturday night, including an early injury scare, a feisty Mississippi defense and a few uncharacteristic mistakes.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Johnny Football was back to his usual self.

Manziel threw for 346 yards and ran for two touchdowns while rallying No. 9 Texas A&M past Ole Miss for a 41-38 victory.

Josh Lambo made a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Aggies (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) the thrilling victory in front of a packed Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Texas A&M trailed 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter, but Manziel engineered a 75-yard drive that he finished with a tying 6-yard touchdown run with 3:07 remaining.

No one was surprised Manziel saved his best for last.

"I've never been around such a gamer," Texas A&M receiver Travis Labhart said. "We were confident. I never doubted."

After A&M's defense held, Manziel led the Aggies to the winning field goal. He had runs of 12 and 13 yards on the winning drive.

All that was left was for Lambo to drill the game winner, and he made it easily.

"I really wasn't that nervous and had a lot of confidence, no matter the distance," Lambo said. "It was my best kick of the night."

It was a strong effort for Ole Miss (3-3, 1-3), which rallied from a 21-10 deficit in the third quarter thanks to two unlikely touchdown passes by backup quarterback Barry Brunetti.

The Rebels' starting quarterback wasn't too bad either — Bo Wallace completed 22 of 36 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Laquon Treadwell caught eight passes for 77 yards and two TDs.

But the Ole Miss offense stalled with a chance to win late in the fourth quarter.

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