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2012 Texas A&M Aggies football team

The 2012 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aggies were led by first-year head coach Kevin Sumlin in their first year as a member of the Southeastern Conference, playing in the SEC's Western Division. They played their home games at Kyle Field. Because the Aggies scheduled 2 FCS opponents they needed 7 wins in the regular season to become eligible for postseason competition (if they beat both FCS teams); Texas A&M won 10 games in the regular season (including both games against FCS opponents) and thus became bowl-eligible.

2012 Texas A&M Aggies football
Texas A&M University logo.svg
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5 (tie)
2012 record11–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachKevin Sumlin (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorKliff Kingsbury (1st season)
Offensive schemeAir raid[1]
Defensive coordinatorMark Snyder (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorMarcel Yates (1st season)
Base defense4–3[1]
CaptainPat Lewis
CaptainSean Porter
CaptainRyan Swope
CaptainSteven Terrell
Home stadiumKyle Field (Capacity: 82,589)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5т Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
No. 9 Florida x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
No. 23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
No. 5т Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

During the off-season, in anticipation of the demand for tickets from students and to comply with SEC rules, Texas A&M reallocated some student seating sections netting a gain of 128 seats and bringing the student section to 30,284 seats, the largest in the nation.[2]

On March 27, 2012 Texas A&M announced that season tickets were sold out, making it the earliest sellout in school history.[3]

The 2012 football season was highly successful for the Aggies. The team went 11–2, with victories over the then number one team in the nation Alabama and in the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic over the Oklahoma Sooners. A&M's starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel, became the first freshman to be awarded the Heisman Trophy,[4] and only the second Aggie player ever to win the Heisman. Texas A&M's 5th-place finish in the AP Poll was the highest for the program since 1956.

Contents

Before the seasonEdit

Previous seasonEdit

In 2011, Texas A&M began the season ranked 8th in the AP Poll and 9th in the Coaches Poll. They won their first two games, but fell to ranked opponents Oklahoma State and Arkansas. The Aggies won the next three, including a 55–28 victory over rival and #20 ranked Baylor. However, A&M could not sustain success and fell in its next three, with losses to #7 Oklahoma and #17 Kansas State in 4 overtimes. After beating Kansas, Texas A&M lost its final regular season rivalry game with Texas 25–27. Following this defeat, 4-year head coach Mike Sherman was fired, and replaced by Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies went on to defeat Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas with Tim DeRuyter as interim head coach. Texas A&M finished 7–6, unranked, and tied for 6th in the Big XII.

2012 NFL DraftEdit

Four Texas A&M players were drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.[5]

2012 NFL Draft selections
Round Pick # Team Player Position
1 8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill Quarterback
5 161 Houston Texans Randy Bullock Kicker
6 182 Kansas City Chiefs Cyrus Gray Running back
7 246 Pittsburgh Steelers Terrence Frederick Corner

After the draft, five Aggies were signed as undrafted free agents.[5]

Signed as Undrafted Free Agent
Player Team Position
Jeff Fuller Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver
Coryell Judie Denver Broncos Corner
Tony Jerod-Eddie San Francisco 49ers Defensive End
Eddie Brown San Diego Chargers Defensive Tackle
Lionel Smith Dallas Cowboys Corner

Spring practiceEdit

Spring Practice began on March 31 and ended with the annual Maroon & White game on April 28. It also included an open scrimmage on April 14 and the Friday Night Lights game on April 20.[6] Senior RB Christine Michael's practice was limited, due to recovering from a torn ACL.[7]

In the Maroon & White game, the white (offense) edged out the maroon (defense) 48–44, with the offense running over 100 plays in the first half. Ryan Swope had 8 catches for 156 yards and 2 TDs. The game was also a showcase for the battle between quarterbacks Jameill Showers and Johnny Manziel, with the former tossing 2 TDs to Malcome Kennedy and Ryan Swope, and the latter also having 1 TD to Swope. Top RB Christine Michael did not play, but other backs Ben Malena and Will Randolph still combined for 3 TDs behind a dominant offensive line led by tackle Luke Joeckel. Showers finished 20 of 31 for 203 yards and 2 TDs, while Manziel was 13 of 27 for 154 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Mark Snyder's new defense was led in tackles by sophomore Donnie Baggs (8) and senior Steven Jenkins (9). Senior Jonathan Stewart, sophomore Domonique Patterson, and sophomore Johntel Franklin each contributed 6 tackles and senior LB Sean Porter had 2, both sacks.[8][9]

Fall practiceEdit

Fall training camp began on August 3 and ended on August 18.[10] By August, Texas A&M had 8 different players on preseason award watch lists: Sean Porter for the Chuck Bednarik Award; Uzoma Nwachukwu and Ryan Swope for the Biletnikoff Award; Damontre Moore and Sean Porter for the Butkus Award; Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, and Sean Porter for the Lombardi Award; Christine Michael for the Maxwell Award; Sean Porter for the Bronco Nagurski Award; Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews for the Outland Trophy; Patrick Lewis for the Rimington Trophy; and Christine Michael for the Doak Walker Award.[11]

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2012 Texas A&M Aggies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Ben Malena Jr
QB 2 Johnny Manziel   Fr
QB 3 Jameill Showers   So
WR 4 Brandal Jackson Sr
WR 5 Kenric McNeal Sr
QB 6 Matt Davis Fr
WR 7 Uzoma Nwachukwu Sr
WR 8 Thomas Johnson Fr
WR 9 Nate Askew Jr
WR 10 LeKendrick Williams   So
WR 11 Derel Walker Jr
WR 13 Mike Evans   Fr
QB 14 Conner McQueen Fr
WR 15 Travis Labhart Jr
QB 16 Matt Joeckel   So
QB 17 Joshua Stump Fr
WR 18 Edward Pope Fr
TE 19 Michael Lamothe Sr
RB 20 Trey Williams Fr
RB 21 Tra Carson (I) So
RB 23 Sabian Holmes Fr
WR 25 Ryan Swope (C) Sr
RB 26 Sam Giamfortone   So
RB 27 Brice Dolezal Fr
RB 28 Brandon Williams (I) So
RB 29 D'Cardio Cottonham Fr
RB 33 Christine Michael Sr
WR 35 Matt Wilkins So
RB 37 Garrett Graham   So
TE 47 Daniel Inglett   Fr
OL 50 Justin Ortega   So
OL 51 Jarvis Harrison   So
OL 53 Caden Smith   Fr
OL 56 Mike Matthews Fr
OL 57 Dylan Guthrie   So
OL 59 Allen Woodum Sr
OL 60 Nathan Gutekunst   Fr
OL 61 Patrick Lewis (C) Sr
OL 65 John-Albert Arechiga Fr
OL 68 Ben Compton So
OL 70 Cedric Ogbuehi   So
OL 71 Kimo Tipoti Fr
OL 74 Germain Ifedi Fr
OL 75 Jake Matthews Jr
OL 76 Luke Joeckel Jr
OL 77 Shep Klinke Jr
OL 78 Garrett Gramling   So
OL 79 Joseph Cheek   Fr
TE 81 Nehemiah Hicks Jr
WR 82 Boone Niederhofer Fr
WR 83 Colton Beardmore   Fr
WR 84 Malcome Kennedy   So
WR 85 Kyle Aubuchon So
TE 86 Caleb Little   So
WR 88 Gaston Lamascus   Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 De'Vante Harris Fr
DB 2 Steven Campbell Sr
DB 4 Toney Hurd Jr. Jr
DB 6 Desmond Gardiner   Jr
DB 7 Tramain Jacobs Jr
LB 10 Sean Porter (C) Sr
LB 11 Jonathan Stewart Sr
DB 14 Floyd Raven Sr. So
DB 15 Kenneth Marshall Fr
DB 19 Matt Fritsche   Fr
DB 20 C.J. Jones Sr
DB 21 Steven Terrell (C) Sr
DB 22 Dustin Harris Sr
LB 23 Domonique Patterson Jr
DB 25 Clay Honeycutt   So
DB 26 Devonta Burns   Fr
LB 27 Michael Osadebey Sr
DB 29 Deshazor Everett So
DB 30 Johntel Franklin   Jr
DB 31 Howard Matthews So
DB 32 Rylan Riney   Fr
LB 33 Michael Richardson Fr
LB 34 Jordan Richmond Fr
LB 35 Tyrell Taylor So
LB 36 Donnie Baggs So
DB 39 Marvin Taylor Fr
LB 40 Shaun Ward So
LB 43 Justin Bass So
DB 44 Sam Moeller   Fr
LB 45 Steven Jenkins Jr
LB 46 Jake Russell Jr
LB 49 Brandon Hoff Fr
LB 50 Tyrone Taylor Fr
DL 55 Alonzo Williams Fr
LB 57 Alvin Munrose Fr
LB 58 Cody Johnson   Fr
DL 67 Tyler Godwin Fr
DL 72 Gavin Stansbury   So
DL 73 Rhontae Scales   Jr
DL 89 Ivan Robinson   So
DL 90 Polo Manukainiu Fr
DL 92 Jonathan Mathis Sr
DL 94 Damontre Moore Jr
DL 95 Julien Obioha Fr
DL 98 Shayvion Hatten   Fr
DL 99 Spencer Nealy Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 24 Taylor Bertolet   Fr
PK 31 Seth Wicks Fr
PK 36 Davis Plowman Fr
P 38 Drew Kaser So
PK 40 Seth Hiddink Fr
P 48 Ryan Epperson Sr
PK 49 Josh Lambo So
DS 62 Nick Brown Fr
DS 64 Jonathan Puffer So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: May 24, 2013

Recruiting classEdit

In the 2012 recruiting class, Texas A&M recruited 19 players, 5 of which were included in the ESPN 150. The class was ranked 15th in the nation by ESPN and Rivals, and 21st nationally by Scout.[12][13][14]

Returning startersEdit

Depth chartEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 82:30 PMNo. 24 FloridaESPNL 17–2087,114
September 152:30 PMat SMU*FSNW 48–332,016
September 226:00 PMSouth Carolina State*
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECRNW 70–1486,775
September 2911:21 AMArkansas
SECNW 58–1086,442
October 66:00 PMat Ole MissESPNUW 30–2755,343
October 138:15 PMat No. 23 Louisiana Tech*No. 22ESPNUW 59–5740,453
October 2011:00 AMNo. 6 LSUNo. 20
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX (rivalry)
ESPNL 19–2487,429
October 276:00 PMat AuburnNo. 22ESPNUW 63–2185,119
November 311:00 AMat No. 17 Mississippi StateNo. 16ESPNW 38–1355,240
November 102:30 PMat No. 1 AlabamaNo. 15CBSW 29–24101,821
November 172:30 PMSam Houston State*No. 9
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
PPVW 47–2887,101
November 246:00 PMMissouriNo. 9
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPN2W 59–2987,222
January 47:00 PMvs. No. 12 Oklahoma*No. 10FOXW 41–1387,025
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Season at
Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin Head coach 1st
Mark Snyder Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach 1st
Marcel Yates Co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach 1st
Terry Price Defensive line coach 1st
Matt Wallerstedt Linebackers coach 1st
Kliff Kingsbury Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach 1st
Clarence McKinney Running backs coach 1st
David Beaty Wide receivers coach 1st
B.J. Anderson Offensive line coach 1st
Brian Polian Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach 1st
Larry Jackson Director of football sports performance 1st
Reference:[16]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV NR RV RV RV 22 20 22 16 15 9 9 10 10 5 т 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV 21 19 21 16 14 10 10 8 9 5 
Harris Not released 23 19 21 18 15 10 10 9 9 Not released 
BCS Not released 18 20 16 15 8 9 9 9 Not released

Game summariesEdit

FloridaEdit

1 234Total
#24 Florida 7 337 20
Texas A&M 3 1400 17
  • Location: College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)
  • Game start: 2:37 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 87,114
  • Game weather: 83°, clear, winds N at 21 mph
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (commentary), Heather Cox (sideline reporter)

After Texas A&M's season opener against Louisiana Tech was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac, the Aggies began the season against SEC opponent #24 Florida. This was a historic start for redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who won the job in Fall practice. Manziel was the first freshman QB to start a season-opener for the Aggies since 1944. Texas A&M played well in the first half and saw promising performances from both the offense and defense, but they could not sustain the success and were held scoreless in the second half, ultimately falling 20–17 to lose their first ever SEC conference game.

Texas A&M received the ball on the opening kickoff. Their first play from scrimmage in the SEC was a false start on center Patrick Lewis; however, the offense was not slowed by this misstep and had a 14-play, 66-yard opening drive, highlighted by a 16-yard run from Johnny Manziel. On 3rd and goal from the 7, Manziel completed a pass into the endzone to an open Mike Evans, but Manziel was past the line of scrimmage, causing an Illegal Forward Pass penalty and a 4th down. Fellow redshirt freshman Taylor Bertolet made the 27-yard field goal to put the Aggies on the board first. Texas A&M's defense struggled early, though, and with the help of a few long passes from Florida QB Jeff Driskel, the Gators had a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped of by a Mike Gillislee 4-yard TD run to take the lead 7–3. But the Aggies' offense showed no signs of slowing, as they drove all the way to the Florida 14 before the 1st Quarter ended.

Three plays into the 2nd Quarter and the Aggies had scored their first SEC touchdown—an 11-yard scramble by Johnny Manziel. Texas A&M took the lead back 10–7. Florida's next series began with Jeff Driskel being sacked by DE Damontre Moore. The Gators didn't move far before Driskel was sacked twice more, first by Steven Jenkens and then a second time by Moore, forcing a punt. On A&M's next drive, Manziel connected with freshman RB Trey Williams for 28 yards and then on a trick play, WR Kenric McNeal completed a pass to Mike Evans for 27. Near the goal line, the Aggies pounded the ball in with senior RB Christine Michael to extend the lead, 17–7. On the next possession, Driskel was again sacked by Moore, but made up the yardage with a long 30-yard pass to Jordan Reed. At the A&M 28, Driskel was sacked for the fifth time of the game by senior DT Spencer Nealy. On 4th and 12 at A&M's 33, the Gators' Caleb Sturgis attempted a long 51-yard field goal and missed; however, Texas A&M took a timeout prior to the snap, and on his second try Sturgis knocked it home to reduce the Aggies' lead to 17–-10. Back on offense, the Aggies could not get down the field before the half ended; the score still 17–10 Texas A&M.

Florida received the ball coming back from the half, and wasted no time moving the ball downfield on the ground, highlighted by Mike Gillislee rushing for 24 and Driskel scrambling for 12. Ultimately the drive stalled inside the 10 and Florida had to settle for another Sturgis field goal, chipping the lead down to 17–13. Texas A&M's offense never got going in the second half however, and their first possession gained only 8 yards, forcing the first put of the game for Ryan Epperson. The teams traded defensive blows for the next few possessions: Florida's 2nd of the half gained only 11 after Driskel was sacked 2 more times by Nealy and Porter. A&M totaled −1 on their ensuing drive, and after the Gators received the punt, they could not sustain the ground attack and gave the ball back to the Aggies for a possession stifled by a personal foul penalty to end the 3rd Quarter. The Aggies were clinging to a 4-point lead, 17–13.

The 4th Quarter began with Manziel being sacked by Lerentee McCray, and the Aggies promptly punting. Starting with good field position at their own 38, the Gators' passing game came through and Driskel completed a 39-yard bomb to Omarius Hines down to the A&M 18. After a short Solomon Patton rush, Mike Gillislee took a pitch to the right side and tip-toed in bounds to score a 12-yard TD and take the lead 20–17. The A&M offense could not find an answer to the tough Gator defense and had to punt on the next drive. The Aggie defense did prevent Florida from extending the lead (due in part to yet another Driskel sack, his 8th of the game, this time by safety Floyd Raven Sr.) and gave the offense another chance. After 2 no-gain plays, Manziel scrambled for just over 9 yards and was marked just short of the 1st down. Unable to convert, they gave it back to Florida, who was again held to only 3 yards to give the Aggies one last chance with 6:10 remaining in the game. The drive looked hopeful: a few short gains moved the sticks twice, but after a false start on Lewis, the Aggies could not convert. On their own 39, they were forced to punt with only 3:13 left on the clock. Once the Gators got the ball, the Aggie defense could not slow them, giving up a 15-yard facemask penalty, a 12-yard Patton run, and a 21-yard Driskel rush, which allowed Florida to kneel the ball and take the rest of the time off the clock, ending the game 20–17.

Johnny Manziel finished the game 23-of-30 for 173 yards (his lowest total of the season) with no touchdowns or interceptions. He led the team in rushing yards with 60 on 17 attempts, averaging 3.5 (his 2nd lowest of the season). Mike Evans led the team in receiving with 7 catches for 60 yards. Notably, Damontre Moore had a career-high 3.0 sacks and a then-career-high 10.0 tackles, pitching in to the Aggies' 8.0 total sacks for a loss of 48 yards. He received the SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week award for his performance.[19] The loss dropped A&M's all-time record against Florida to 1–2.[20] Although the Aggies began their SEC debut with a tough loss, hopes were still high for Kevin Sumlin's new team, and freshman QB Johnny Manziel looked promising.

SMUEdit

1 234Total
Texas A&M 0 20217 48
SMU 0 030 3
  • Location: Dallas, Texas (Ford Stadium)
  • Game start: 2:35 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:36
  • Game attendance: 32,016
  • Game weather: 73°, partly cloudy, winds WNW at 5 mph
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (FSN): Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Shaun King (commentary), Desmond Purnell (sideline reporter)

Following their loss to Florida, the Aggies took on non-conference opponent SMU. The offense got off to a slow start, but came to life in the 2nd Quarter. After the Aggies scored 27 unanswered points, SMU made a field goal to get their only points of the game. A&M scored 21 more afterwards to make it a 48–3 rout. Johnny Manziel set an A&M freshman passing record with 294 yards and helped improve the Aggies' record to 1–1.

Texas A&M received the ball to start the game; however, the offense struggled for the first few possessions of the game. After losing 6 yards on a pass to Thomas Johnson, Manziel rushed for 11 but could not convert the 3rd and 16, forcing the first drive of the game to end in a punt. The Aggie defense looked strong though, and with SMU on 3rd and 8, DE Damontre Moore shined again, sacking quarterback Garrett Gilbert for a loss of 9. A&M then moved the chains once, but after a Manziel sack by Taylor Reed and a false start, they once again could not convert a 3rd and long. Deep in their own territory, the Mustangs put together a stronger 33-yard drive, but a series of incompletions forced yet another punt from Chase Hover. The Aggies' next drive was the most disastrous of the game, with a 7-yard Manziel sack by Margus Hunt and a False Start penalty, giving the drive a net gain of −12 yards. On SMU's next drive, Gilbert was sacked by DE Julien Obioha and fumbled the ball into the hands of SMU OL Ben Gottschalk for a loss of 5. With the ball back, Manziel completed a 38-yard pass to Mike Evans who bounced off of tackles to go down to the SMU 42-yard line. After failing to be able to run the ball, A&M attempted to convert a 4th and 2, but Manziel's pass to Malcome Kennedy was incomplete. After the Mustangs' offense was again stopped, they ended the quarter with a punt to A&M's Dustin Harris, who made a return for 20 yards before Kevin Pope forced a fumble into the hands of the Aggies' RB Trey Williams, who made an additional 17 yards on the return. The defense-dominated 1st Quarter ended at 0–0.

In the beginning of the 2nd Quarter, it looked as if the A&M offense was finally threatening, with Manziel completing another long 30-yard pass down the right sideline to Mike Evans at the SMU 12. Unable to convert, however, the Aggies had to kick a short field goal from the 5, but freshman Taylor Bertolet missed the 23-yarder. After holding SMU to 9 yards and a punt, A&M seemed to struggle on offense again, until Manziel completed a 22-yard pass to Evans on 4th and 4. They finally started to click, and a few plays later Manziel completed a slant to senior WR Ryan Swope who split the safeties and gave A&M the first points of the game on a 29-yard TD. After a pair of SMU punts, Manziel started the drive with a 48-yard scramble TD, but Bertolet's PAT was blocked by Hunt. Only 3 plays later Aggie DB Tramain Jacobs intercepted Garrett Gilbert to let the Aggies go on a 7-play, 73-yard drive capped off by a 26-yard TD pass slung on the run by Manziel to senior WR Uzoma Nwachukwu. After driving 44 yards, the Mustangs attempted a field goal but Chase Hover missed the 48-yarder to end the half with Texas A&M leading 20–0.

The Aggies forced a punt on SMU's first possession of the half. Back on offense the Aggies drove 37 yards, when, on 3rd and 9, Manziel shook off a would-be sack and threw an off-balance pass to Kenric McNeal, who avoided defenders to take the pass into the end zone for a 42-yard TD. On the Mustangs' next possession they drove 67 yards and scored their only points of the game on a Hover 25-yard field goal. On the ensuing drive, the Aggie offense continued to roll when Manziel ran for 25 yards and a 15-yard TD. For SMU, Gilbert was sacked by Moore, and then Dustin Harris returned the following punt for 36 yards. Later, Manziel connected with Nwachukwu for a 12-yard TD to extend the lead. The Mustangs finished the half down 41–3.

In the 4th Quarter the Aggies subbed in the 2nd string offense. Quarterback Jameill Showers led the offense 80 yards down field (with impressive passes to Thomas Johnson for 15 and 22 yards) and Trey Williams scored on a 2-yard run. The Aggies forced a punt and took time off the clock. To finish out the half, A&M held SMU to a turnover on downs and took the rest of the time off the clock to finish the game 48–3.

Johnny Manziel finished 20-of-36 for 294 yards and 4 TDs. He also rushed for an impressive 124 yards on 13 carries and 2 TDs. Evans and Swope had 6 catches for 123 yards and 5 catches for 70 yards and 1 TD, respectively. Damontre Moore had 2.0 sacks for a loss of 14. The victory improved A&M's all-time record against SMU to 43–29–7.[23] Sumlin's Aggies seemed to be heating up, and the offense was looking more and more explosive being led by Manziel.

South Carolina StateEdit

1 234Total
South Carolina State 7 007 14
Texas A&M 14 35714 70
  • Location: College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)
  • Game start: 6:07 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 86,775
  • Game weather: 94°, clear, winds SE at 6 mph
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (FSN): Bob Rathbun (play-by-play), Tim Couch (commentary), Elizabeth Moreau (sideline reporter)

After a convincing win over SMU, the Aggies took on non-conference opponent and FCS team South Carolina State. The Bulldogs were 1–2 heading into the competition, and the Aggies 1–1.

The Aggies took the field on offense first and started strong, but stalled out after a −2-yard run by Ryan Swope and a sack on Manziel by Justin Hughes. SC State's first drive yielded 0 yards and resulted in a punt by Nick Belcher. After a 19-yard return from A&M senior DB Dustin Harris, the Aggies started their drive on the SC State 33-yard line. They ran the ball successfully, and scored the first touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run by Ben Malena. The teams traded a few punts before the ball was back in the hands of Manziel and the A&M offense. The Aggies worked downfield, and Johnny Manziel capped off the drive by flipping 9-yard TD pass on the run to Uzoma Nwachukwu. When SC State went back on offense, they finally moved the ball effectively and had an explosive 17-yard run by Jalen Simmons for their first touchdown.

Texas A&M began the 2nd Quarter with a punt after struggling on offense, but it would be their last punt for the next 5 series. Following an unsuccessful drive by SC State, the Aggies had an explosive possession, highlighted by a 39-yard TD scramble by Manziel. After another Bulldog punt, the A&M offense exploded again. This time including a 23-yard pass to Thomas Johnson and yet another Manziel scramble, in which he went 20 yards and dove inside the right pylon for the touchdown. Once again South Carolina State failed to get a 1st down, and the Aggies had another great drive capped off by Johnny Manziel zipping a pass to Kenric McNeal for a 30-yard TD. The Bulldogs had to punt again, and after a 35-yard return from Dustin Harris, the Aggies had the ball. On the first play of the drive Manziel tossed a screen pass to Nwachukwu, who hurdled a defender and went 37 yards for the TD. After forcing another punt (the Bulldogs' 5th in a row), A&M's offense had the ball with 2:08 left in the half. However, it was only about 30 seconds until Manziel handed the ball off to Ben Malena, who exploded up the middle, broke a tackle, and went for a 50-yard touchdown. The Aggies scored an incredible 35 points in the 2nd Quarter, and headed to halftime in the lead 49–7.

South Carolina State opened up the 2nd half on offense with a 16-yard drive which stalled out and ended with a punt. The Aggies came into the half playing much of the 2nd string offense, including QB Jameill Showers. Showers threw 2 incomplete passes, and then an interception to Dominique Mitchell. However, when SC State had the ball, they once again could not get a first down and were forced to punt. Nick Belcher made a rugby style punt to the A&M 4-yard line. The ball was picked up by Dustin Harris, who swung to the right side of the field, cut through defenders, and sprinted up the right sideline for a 96-yard touchdown return (The 2nd longest in school history). The Bulldogs punted on their next possession, and the 2nd string Aggie offense went to work. They worked methodically worked their way down to the SC State 5-yard line to end the 3rd Quarter in the lead 56–7.

A&M began the 4th quarter with a 4th and 1 from the SC State 5-yard line. Showers handed the ball off to Christine Michael, who ran up the middle and pounded through SC State linebacker Joe Thomas for a 5-yard TD. When the Bulldogs got the ball back, they finally found success in the passing game: a 27-yard completion to Marcus Lloyd and a 39-yard touchdown throw to Lennel Elmore, which gave SC State their first points since the 1st Quarter. The Aggies returned on offense giving experience to younger players, and ran 9 plays before turning the ball over on downs. On the first play of the ensuing drive for SC State, QB Richard Cue attempted to find TE Temarrick Hemingway, but sophomore Aggie DB Deshazor Everett jumped the route, picked off the ball, and ran it 22 yards for the touchdown. On the following SC State possession, the Aggies played many 2nd string defenders who made some impressive plays including back-to-back sacks by Tyrell Taylor and Ivan Robinson. After moving the ball 30 yards, they punted to the Aggies, who ran out the last minute on the clock to win the game by a whopping 70–14.

The Aggies were led in passing by Manziel who completed 15 of 20 for 174 yards and 3 TDs, and led in rushing by Malena who had 11 carries for 88 yards and 2 TDs. He was followed closely by Manziel himself who had 8 attempts for 78 yards and 2 TDs. A&M was led in receiving by Nwachukwu and Johnson who had 2 receptions for 46 yards and 2 TDs and 3 receptions for 42 yards respectively. In addition, Dustin Harris broke both the school and 64-year standing SEC record for punt return yards in a game with 246 on 8 returns (an average of 30.75) while making the 2nd longest return in school history.[26] Finally, Damontre Moore had 3 tackles for a loss including 1 sack. This was the first game Texas A&M ever played against South Carolina State, so their all-time record vs the Bulldogs is 1–0.[27]

ArkansasEdit

The game featured the former Southwest Conference rivals in their first conference matchup since 1991 (Arkansas' last year in the SWC).

Though leading 10–7 after the first quarter, Arkansas would be shut out the remainder of the game in a blowout win for A&M. Johnny Manziel had a total of 453 yards passing and 104 yard rushing with a total of 3 touchdowns to lead the Aggies to a 58–10 win over Arkansas and led A&M to a 3–1 record.

1 234Total
Arkansas 10 000 10
Texas A&M 7 201714 58
  • Location: College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:42
  • Game attendance: 86, 442
  • Game weather: 76°,cloudy with light rain, winds S at 13 mph
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (commentary), Cara Capuano (sideline reporter)

Ole MissEdit

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Texas A&M 7 10013 30
Ole Miss 10 737 27
  • Location: Oxford, Mississippi (Vaught-Hemingway)
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 55,343
  • Game weather: 55°, clear, winds N at 7 mph
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (commentary), Angela Mallen (sideline reporter)

Louisiana TechEdit

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#22 Texas A&M 21 18713 59
#23 Louisiana Tech 0 161427 57
  • Location: Shreveport, Louisiana (Independence Stadium)
  • Game start: 8:17 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:28
  • Game attendance: 40,453
  • Game weather: 78°, clear, winds S at 17 mph
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Joe Davis (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (commentary), Cara Capuano (sideline reporter)

The game was originally scheduled for August 30, 2011. On August 28, 2012 the Louisiana Tech Athletic department announced that the game would be postponed to October 13, 2012 (previously a bye week for both teams) anticipating that Hurricane Isaac could make travel for the teams and fans difficult or that the game time weather could be hazardous.

LSUEdit

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#6 LSU 0 14010 24
#20 Texas A&M 9 307 19
  • Location: College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)
  • Game start: 11:00 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:00
  • Game attendance: 87,429
  • Game weather: 75°, clear, winds S at 11 mph
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (commentary), Jenn Brown (sideline reporter)

AuburnEdit

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#20 Texas A&M 21 21147 63
Auburn 0 7140 21
  • Location: Auburn, Alabama (Jordan-Hare Stadium)
  • Game start: 6:08 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 85,119
  • Game weather: 63°, partly cloudy, winds WNW at 12 mph
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (commentary), Angela Williams (sideline reporter)

Mississippi StateEdit

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#16 Texas A&M 14 1077 38
#15 Mississippi State 0 076 13
  • Location: Starkville, Mississippi (Davis Wade Stadium)
  • Game start: 11:01 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 55,240
  • Game weather: 72°, clear, winds WSW at 5 mph
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (commentary), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)

In honor of the 2000 Independence Bowl (dubbed "The Snow Bowl" due to a freak snowstorm that hit the Shreveport area before game time, which was the last game between the two schools), Mississippi State received a waiver to wear all white uniforms despite being the home team. In response to the Mississippi State uniforms, Adidas (the uniform provider for both teams) approached A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin with the idea of an all-black uniform for the Aggies.[40] The uniform configuration unveiled to the team as a surprise in the locker room before the game.

AlabamaEdit

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#15 Texas A&M 20 009 29
#1 Alabama 0 1437 24
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
  • Game start: 2:46 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 72°, clear, winds SSE at 9 mph
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (commentary), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)

Texas A&M and Alabama have a long history of football coaches being at both schools (Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings, and Dennis Franchione) and had met 4 times previously, but this was Texas A&M's first-ever trip to Tuscaloosa. This game was also Texas A&M's 12th-ever game against the #1 ranked team. The win catapulted quarterback Johnny Manziel into the national limelight and positioned him for serious Heisman trophy consideration.

Sam Houston StateEdit

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Sam Houston State 0 0721 28
#8 Texas A&M 7 27130 47
  • Location: College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:18
  • Game attendance: 87,101
  • Game weather: 66°, clear, winds ESE at 1 mph
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (FSNPPV): Ralph Strangis (play-by-play), Shea Walker (commentary), Will Johnson (sideline reporter)

MissouriEdit

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Missouri 0 7913 29
#9 Texas A&M 21 21107 59
  • Location: College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)
  • Game start: 6:08 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:50
  • Game attendance: 87,222
  • Game weather: 61°, clear, winds ENE at 3 mph
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Steve Levy (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (commentary), Kaylee Hartung (sideline reporter)

For the 3rd year in a row Texas A&M and Missouri played in College Station.

Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl Classic)Edit

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#9 Texas A&M 7 7207 41
#11 Oklahoma 3 1000 13
  • Location: Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)
  • Game start: 7:10 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:31
  • Game attendance: 87,025
  • Game weather: 72°, indoors
  • Referee: Tom Zimorski
  • TV announcers (FOX): Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (commentary), Julie Alexandria (sideline reporter)

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