COLLEGE STATION, TX – Auburn ran the ball early, often and over the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies as the #24 Tigers emerged from Kyle Field with a 45-41 victory on Saturday.
Auburn amassed 615 yards of total offense, including 379 on the ground. Running back Tre Mason led the way with 178 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Quarterback Nick Marshall threw for two scores and rushed for two more, but it took a late stand by the Auburn defense to seal the victory.
Johnny Manziel returned from an apparent shoulder injury and nearly drove the Aggies for a last-minute go-ahead touchdown. But the drive stalled and Auburn secured the victory when they sacked Manziel on fourth down with 11 seconds left. Manziel threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns in the defeat. Mike Evans caught all those TD passes and had 287 yards receiving.
John Tautges and Chris Doering called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(Johnny Manziel finds Mike Evans and it’s 7-0 Aggies)
(Nick Marshall’s TD run ties the score at 7-7)
(Manziel’s long TD pass to Evans makes it 14-10)
(Auburn goes back ahead on Nick Marshall’s TD pass to Quan Bray)
(Manziel finds Evans again for a 24-17 halftime lead)
(Marshall hits Sammie Coates to tie the game at 24-24)
(Manziel’s 4th TD pass to Mike Evans makes it 31-24 Aggies)
(Manziel goes down injured early in the 4th quarter)
(Cameron Artis-Payne’s TD run puts Auburn up 38-34)
(Manziel returns from injury to score the go-ahead touchdown)
(Auburn answers – but it takes a replay review to award Tre Mason a TD)
(Auburn sacks Manziel on 4th down and will pull the upset)
(Postgame recap from John Tautges and Chris Doering)