Like we have seen all season long, the Texas A&M Aggies offense marched down the field on their opening drive, culminating in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Johnny "Football" Manziel to Mike Evans. It was the 11th time this season that Manziel and the offense scored before their opponent. It was also, surprisingly, the only score of the first quarter.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats held on as long as they could, limiting the Aggies to only 14 points for the first quarter and a half. In fact, Sean Porter and the Aggie defense outplayed their own offense for most of the first half.
That's something we don't hear too often.
As a product of the hard-fought game, things got chippy pretty early. Multiple unnecessary roughness and facemask penalties were called as Bearkat defenders tried to slow down Manziel. The Aggies weren't the innocent party either, as senior Christine Michael was ejected from the game after throwing a punch at a Bearkat defender.
Things settled down in the second half as the Aggies pulled away in the third quarter.
Manziel was pulled after the first play of the third quarter—a 89-yard touchdown pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu. He finished his stat padding game with 267 yards passing, 100 yards rushing and four total touchdowns.
After the starters were pulled, Sam Houston State put up over 300 yards and scored four late touchdowns to pull the score to a respectable 47-28 final.
With Saturday's win, Kevin Sumlin set the record for most wins by a first-year coach at Texas A&M, notching his ninth. Next week, the Aggies could reach the 10-win threshold with a win at home against Missouri, only adding to the already sensational inaugural year in the SEC.
Though only a "glorified scrimmage" there are several things we learned Saturday about the BCS bowl-contending Texas A&M Aggies.