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Johnny Football leads No. 10 A&M, 42-13 over SMU

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm •  Published: September 21, 2013
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — SMU coach June Jones knew his team would have to play its best to compete with No. 10 Texas A&M.

Instead the Mustangs turned in a penalty- and mistake-filled game to help the Aggies roll to a 42-13 win on Saturday night.

Johnny Manziel accounted for 346 yards with three touchdowns in just more than a half to help Texas A&M to the victory.

"It's unfortunate that we didn't play our best, and our best was demanded if we were going to beat them and we didn't do it," Jones said.

The Mustangs committed three turnovers — one of which was returned for a touchdown — and piled up 16 penalties for 111 yards.

"You've got to deal with the crowd noise and we didn't handle it very well," Jones said. "We must have had seven or eight off-side penalties, which set you back. It's kind of frustrating."

Texas A&M (3-1) was up 32-6 at halftime, and Manziel led the Aggies to a touchdown on their first drive of the third quarter before the Heisman Trophy-winner went to the bench.

It was a nice bounce-back game for Texas A&M after falling to top-ranked Alabama 49-42 last week.

Manziel had 244 yards passing with a touchdown and ran for 102 yards and two more scores.

"We tried a little of everything," Jones said of trying to slow Manziel. "He's an amazing player. You blitz him and he's accurate with the ball. You rush three, and he can scramble around and make it last forever. He's a great college football player and he's in the perfect system."

Deshazor Everett returned a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for 71 yards and two scores. He got things going for A&M with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw for 310 yards and a touchdown with an interception for SMU (1-2).

"We had a few drops early in the game that were critical in keeping drives going and making positive plays," Jones said. "I think Garrett did a good job of competing and staying in and fighting through a lot of adversity."

Gilbert was disappointed in the mistakes he and the Mustangs made.

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