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Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss 2012: Aggies escape with win

Texas A&M got their first SEC conference win with a thrilling 30-27 victory over Ole Miss at the Grove.

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Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss final: Aggies win 30-27

The Texas A&M Aggies overcame six turnovers to defeat the Ole Miss Rebels 30-27. Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel scored two pivotal touchdowns in the fourth, one with his legs and one through the air, to put A&M up for good.

Even though they turned the ball over four times through nearly three quarters, the Aggies had kept the score within three. Following their fourth giveaway, they forced the Rebels to punt. Unfortunately for Texas A&M, they weren’t finished turning the ball over. They fumbled the punt, setting up another Ole Miss touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Aggies got the scoring started, as it only took them 49 seconds to find the end zone. Ole Miss answered with a touchdown and a field goal to close out the first quarter.

Texas A&M managed to tie the game up heading into the half, 17-17, but their two turnovers in the third quarter kept them from taking back the lead until late in the fourth.

Box Score Hero: While he threw two interceptions, Manziel scored a pair of touchdowns late to put the Aggies up for good. He threw for 191 yards and ran for another 129.

Rankings Ramifications: The win moves the Aggies to 4-1 on the season, and they could garner votes this week.

But Did They Cover? Texas A&M entered the game favored by 12 points, so while they were able to win, they failed to cover the spread.

Next Week's Schedule:

Texas A&M: Oct. 13 at Louisiana Tech

Ole Miss: Oct. 13 vs. Auburn

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Aggies tied with Rebels at half, 17-17

After two turnovers and a turnover on downs by Texas A&M in the first quarter, the Aggies continued their offensive struggles in the second quarter that included a Ryan Swope fumble. However, an interception returned for a touchdown late in the half tied up the score and gave the Aggies new life.

The Aggies began the second quarter with a 13-play, 81-yard drive that again didn't result in a touchdown as they were forced to settle for a 19-yard Taylor Bertolet field goal that tied the score, 10-10.

After being the beneficiaries of a missed field goal by Ole Miss, the Aggies weren't so lucky on the next Rebels drive, as they connected on a 68 yard pass before Bo Wallace ran 14 yards for a touchdown.

Johnny Manziel connected with Swope for 38 yards on the next drive, but the Texas A&M offense again shot itself in the foot as Swope fumbled the ball away. The defense came to the rescue, though, when Steven Jenkins intercepted a Wallace pass and returned it for a game-tying touchdown.


Aggies trail 10-7 after first quarter

Despite getting the lead less than a minute into the game with a long touchdown run, the Texas A&M Aggies trail Ole Miss after one quarter, 10-7.

After two plays of no yardage, the Aggies got a 16-yard pass from Johnny Manziel to Mike Evans for a first down and Ben Malena did the rest, running 59 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead, but Ole Miss responded on the very next drive.

The Rebels completed a 15-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard Jeff Scott rushing touchdown to even up the score. A few plays later the Aggies afforded Ole Miss another opportunity when Christine Michael fumbled a ball away to Mississippi's Cameron Whigham. The Rebels struggled to do anything with the chance, but managed a 46-yard Bryson Rose field goal to take a 10-7 lead.

The Aggies spoiled offensive chances on each of their next two drives, turning the ball over on downs after attempting to convert a fourth and one on the Mississippi 22-yard line and throwing an interception deep in Ole Miss territory.

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