No. 18 Texas A&M has had a rough initiation during their first season in the SEC, falling this past Saturday to No. 6 LSU in a tough 24-19 loss at home. The loss also featured the worst performance of the season for quarterback Johnny Manziel, who had been considered a long shot for the 2012 Heisman award.
The consideration for the award began after Manziel's stellar start to the season, with the quarterback passing for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions in five wins for the Aggies. Manziel also rushed for more than 600 yards and nine touchdowns in those wins.
Against LSU, however, Manziel completed just 51.8 percent of his passes for 276 yards and three interceptions, averaging just 1.6 yards on the ground on 17 attempts.
The disappointing performance by the quarterback has led to discussion of whether LSU ended talks about Manziel being considered for the award. Tigers coach Les Miles commended the defense's ability to adjust as the game wore on.
"Early, we were reacting to balls thrown, and later we were reacting to intent of the quarterback," Miles told the Associated Press. "We were just making better plays and there were some adjustments made by our defensive staff in terms of calls and change of personnel."
The Aggies will attempt to get back on track against Auburn this Saturday, with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m. CT and coverage on ESPNU.