Halftime: Texas A&M 14, Ole Miss 10

Vince Sanders got way behind the A&M secondary, and Wallace found him for a 70-yard touchdown.

That had the Rebels tied late in the first quarter, but what we’ve seen is what we expected.

Johnny Manziel is good. He’s a far better quarterback than he was when he played here last year, and he won the Heisman for a reason.

Manziel had three drives in the first quarter, two resulting in touchdowns.

The Rebels got the stop after Hugh Freeze went for the first on fourth-and-1 from his 46. Barry Brunetti was stopped short.

The Aggies took over in great field position, but Ole Miss forced an intentional grounding call against Manziel when he threw it away while in the grasp of Tony Conner.

It was later on that drive that Manziel, pursued by Issac Gross, fell of his own accord and twisted his knee. He went out for one play. The Aggies did not convert and missed a field goal.

Manziel came back for the third A&M possession and led the Aggies on a 75-yard drive capped by an 18-yard run by Trey Williams with sloppy Ole Miss tackling.

On the drive Trae Elston was penalized for targeting and was ejected by was allowed to remain in the game after the review. I thought Elston was gone. It looked like helmet to helmet in the replay I saw.

The Rebels drove 62 yards to get a 42-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter to make it 14-10 with about 5 minutes left in the half.

That left Manziel enough time to extend the lead, but the Rebels got penetration on fourth-and-inches near mid-field and a big defensive stop.

The Rebels could get nothing with the good field position but will get the ball to start the third quarter.

It’s been a much more inspired effort by Ole Miss than was shown last week at Auburn.

There’s trouble on the injury front, though, as Robert Nkemdiche has gone out with a strained hamstring. We were told his return is “questionable,” but those things have the potential to linger. Ask Senquez Golson.

Speaking of the corners, Derrick Jones started the game. A&M didn’t really target big Mike Evans when he was in there, and we didn’t see Jones make a play one way or the other.

Charles Sawyer did have some nice coverage against Evans later in the half.

Evans has only one catch for six yards. Manziel is 12-for-15 for 98 yards. The Rebels have sacked him once, and he’s carried eight times for 63 yards.

Bo Wallace is 13-for-20 for 153 yards, a TD and no picks. No turnovers in the game by either team at this point.

Ole Miss is doing a much better job on first downs this week and is having success running between the tackles showing much-needed improvement there.

A&M has a 235-213 yardage edge.

 

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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