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SMITH COLUMN: Speedy Aggies produce video game numbers

November 3, 2012


It was almost like watching a video game on Saturday.

If only it had been, the Mississippi State Bulldogs could have maybe found a way to pull the plug on it.

The numbers put up by quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies were crazy.

Texas A&M had 386 yards of total offense by halftime and ended up with 693 to soundly defeat Mississippi State 38-13 at Davis Wade Stadium.
It was the most yards given up in a game by the Bulldogs since 2001.

"Everything is a concern when you give up that many yards on offense," MSU head football coach Dan Mullen said.

From the very beginning of the game, the Bulldogs had a difficult time trying to slow down Manziel and the Aggies.

Texas A&M opened the game with a 73-yard drive on 10 plays, which only took 2:41 off the clock.

"They just executed and out-played us," MSU defensive back Johnthan Banks said.

Texas A&M certainly seems to have made an effective transition into the Southeastern Conference.

The Aggies displayed a tremendous amount of speed on both sides of the football.

It all starts offensively with Manziel - the man they call "Johnny Football."

Manziel did a good job of eluding the grasp of Bulldog defenders and it's easy to see why opponents have had such a hard time dealing with him this season.

The freshman signal caller of the Aggies beat MSU with his arm and his legs. He had 311 yards passing and 129 rushing for a total of 440.

"He's a football player," Banks said. "He did a good job of managing their offense."

The Bulldogs have certainly taken a couple of hits in the last couple of weeks against two very good football teams.

Mississippi State knew it was going to have a tough time going into the house of the No. 1 team in the country last week and lost a 38-7 decision to Alabama.

The hopes were that the Bulldogs would give a much better showing at home against a fellow ranked opponent. It didn't happen.

No. 16 Texas A&M made No. 17 MSU look very ordinary. The Bulldogs will be lucky to hang onto a spot in the polls when they are released today.

Things definitely don't get any easier for MSU as a trip to Baton Rouge, La., looms. Another very good squad awaits in the LSU Tigers.

It has been a while since the Bulldogs have experienced a losing streak. They need to do what it takes to keep it from stretching too much.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.

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