Manziel pulls out another late-game victory against Rebels

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel evades a tackle by Ole Miss defensive back Mike Hilton during the first half of Saturday's game.

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel evades a tackle by Ole Miss defensive back Mike Hilton during the first half of Saturday’s game.

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

Johnny Manziel performed more fourth-quarter magic to deal another painful home defeat to Ole Miss Saturday night.

Texas A&M kicker Taylor Bertolet drilled a 33-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to lift the Aggies to a 41-38 win before a crowd of 60,950 fans at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Bo Wallace’s 50-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Walton gave Ole Miss a 38-31 lead with 6:52 play, but Manziel led the Aggies on an 8-play, 75-yard drive and tied the game on a 6-yard run.

Then the Aggies much-maligned defense forced a three-and-out series for the Rebels, one that included a costly drop by wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan that would have resulted in a first down.

Ole Miss used only 10 seconds of clock on that ill-fated drive as three straight incompletions stopped the clock after each play.

“The effort was great, but it’s really disappointing,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “We’re beat up. We fought our guts out, but we had some critical drops we didn’t make plays when we had the chance.”

Manziel had two turnovers and a fumble in the Aggies’ dramatic comeback win last year. His interception and fumble this season give him five turnovers in two years at Vaught-Hemingway, but he also has two wins.

Manziel scored on touchdown scrambles of 5 and 6 yards, and led drives to let his running backs score from close in as well.

Bo Wallace passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns, and the Rebels revived their inside run game, but it wasn’t enough to off-set the Aggies.

Manziel didn’t always get the points, but he did lead the drives. He finished with 346 yards pass and 122 yards rushing.

Manziel’s fumble early in the fourth quarter was recovered by the Rebels’ Trae Elston and led to Wallace’s 19-yard scoring pass to freshman Laquon Treadwell, one of two in the game for Treadwell.

Barry Brunetti passed for two touchdowns and rushed for 24 yards.

Freeze said he wanted to move the chains and get back into a package with Brunetti at the end, hoping to set up a game-winning field goal for the home team.

Wallace’s scoring pass to Treadwell put the Rebels (3-3, 1-3 SEC) up 31-24, but the Aggies (5-1, 2-1) tied it on a 9-yard run by Trey Williams.

Manziel was nearly unstoppable in the first quarter, but the Ole Miss defense stiffened in the second quarter after allowing two touchdown drives in the first 15 minutes.

Manziel left the game for a play in the first quarter after tweaking a knee. The Aggies were unable to convert a third-and-17 without him and missed a 36-yard field goal try wide right.

On Manziel’s other two first-quarter possessions they scored touchdowns, a 7-yard run by Ben Malena and an 18-yard run by Williams in which tackling concerns that plagued Ole Miss at Auburn appeared again.

The only scoring in the second quarter was a 42-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter.

Texas A&M held a 235-213 yardage edge and a 14-10 lead at the break.

A&M outgained Ole Miss 587-462 for the game.

  • Kevin

    So I guess the fourth consecutive loss for the Rebels will happen this coming Saturday. As usual, we’re just a day late and a dollar short against all this upper echelon SEC competition. Maybe we can squeak by Idaho High School later in the season for our last win of the year.

    What a freaking disappointment tonight. It reminds me of our loss to LSU last season–breakdown on defense and the big O goes for chokesville in crucial situations.

    • ostrogoth

      We are grateful to have a football team at the University of Mississippi. To be sure, there have been “dry years” in the past 40 (after Vaught-Billy Brewer, Tubberville, and Cutcliffe), and it’s been tough. Those boys go through 2-a-days, weightlifting, and a strict regimen, in that tiny little stadium. To say that “we suck” is an insult to everybody involved, including the fans, who love coming to Oxford.
      Maybe they won’t win again this year, who knows, but they should be applauded for the effort and representing us fans with their sweat, their broken bones, twisted knees, and dislocated shoulders. They deserve respect, not disdain.

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  • REB

    Nobody, even acting like a
    fan which your not , with any common sense goes around putting his team down. Trying to
    find any negative thing they can find. No one with any sense is as hung
    up on anything as you are with Ole Miss. It’s just lunacy, cid. I feel
    sorry for you. It’s clear you have no life. Maybe if you could get into a

    support group or see a physiatrist. And another thing quit drinking your milk straight from the utters over there in MOOO town, It’s given
    you a fever Cid.

    • Kevin

      So is it your contention that Ole Miss, currently in a 3-game skid, is a good team? And really REB, come up with some new material. No matter how much you insult me, those insults directed at me don’t make Ole Miss any better.

      • Roger Davis

        Need I remind you Ole Miss has played a brutal schedule. Did you expect wins against No. 1 Alabama who has had a Top 5 recruiting class for the last 10 years or No. 9 Texas A&M with its Heisman Trophy winner at the helm. What will be said after No. 6 LSU comes to town Saturday? The Auburn loss gives you a quarter of a leg to stand on. Remember two years ago, when Ole Miss football was at an all-time low? Now, we’re a national powerhouse? No, we’re not, but the future looks much brighter.

        • Kevin

          Roger, no I didn’t expect wins over Bama, Auburn, A&M, nor do I expect us to win many more games. This is my whole point–we suck. Yet the many folks on here whom I refer to as my “fan club” believe that we’d beat Bama and Auburn, and A&M.

          “…the future looks much brighter.”

          I’ve heard Rebel fans make this claim during the Cooper years, the Sloan years, the Brewer Years, during the Tuberville interegnum, during Cutcliffe’s debacle, and when Orgeron and Nutts were our coaches. The coaches change, but the song stays the same…”wait until next year…” I’m sick of waiting.

          • Roger Davis

            Encouragement, patient, faith. Have you none? Obviously your ‘fan club’ talks football but doesn’t quite know football. It nice to believe but pretty soon common sense prevails. It all starts with a foundation. This time the right stuff is in place…just be patient.

        • Pragmatic

          War Eagle.

  • REB

    I won’t waste my time in telling you Freeze hasn’t had but one full recruiting class. That they played the #9 team in the country tooth and nail. Also there is a lot more football to play and these boys or the fans are not going to lay down for any team much less for a MI$$ $TATE TROLL. I just keep hoping you can get some relief from your suffering. It must terrible Cid to be consumed by hatred for Ole Miss. Try hard to get a life and see a doctor. Try to think about something else every once in a while . Maybe that will help.

    • Kevin

      There are no points for playing “the #9 team in the country tooth and nail” and then losing. It’s all about how many points we have at the end of the game. If we have less than the opponent, then it’s still a loss. And this is the Ole Miss m.o.–play teams tough and take them down to the wire and then lose. How disappointing.

  • blessedx4inTX

    Uh…Bertolett wasn’t the kicker last night. It was Lambo.

  • REB

    If your tired of waiting, quit following Ole Miss Mr Troll. Go back to MOOO Town and get a hold of those utters. Complete and utter lunacy. Your are one sick puppy.

    • Kevin

      Let me correct your writing, REB. When mean to make a contraction “you are” it’s “you’re” not “your” which is a pronoun. So the corrected version would be: “You’re one sick puppy.” because ‘your are one sick puppy’ doesn’t make any sense. I guess you haven’t been to college yet, but with lots of hard work and studying, one day you may get there.

  • ostrogoth

    We are grateful to have a football team at the University of Mississippi. To be sure, there have been “dry years” in the past 40 (after Vaught-Billy Brewer, Tubberville, and Cutcliffe), and it’s been tough. Those boys go through 2-a-days, weightlifting, and a strict regimen, in that tiny little stadium. To say that “we suck” is an insult to everybody involved, including the fans, who love coming to Oxford.
    Maybe they won’t win again this year, who knows, but they should be applauded for the effort and representing us fans with their sweat, their broken bones, twisted knees, and dislocated shoulders. They deserve respect, not disdain.

    • Kevin

      I’m not saying we suck to insult anybody. I’m saying we suck because it has been demonstrably proven over and over. In other words, I’m merely pointing out a truth that you have great difficulty in countering. Show me how I’m wrong. How does the team not suck?

  • REB

    Yes, I have been to college Cid. Typical troll thinks he’s knows everything. Your are a disgrace to the whole sporting community. This including you beloved MI$$ $TATE. Your ignorance abounds. No one would dare heed our poor pathetic comments that offer but disgusting uttering that you belch up. Your comments have a foul smell about them which is a direct reflection on you.

    • Kevin

      Well you write as if you’ve been to the 5th grade and that’s about it. I guess you didn’t study much when you attended Mississippi State! “Your” and “you’re” are two different words. “Your are…” makes no sense.

      • Roger Davis

        Since you’re on a mission to duplicate a horse’s rear end, the two are homonyms. I’m pretty sure your college degree doesn’t leave you clueless – so you know what he’s talking about.

        • Kevin

          Yeah, I know that he doesn’t know the difference between the two words, and thus he must either be one who did not attend a higher learning institution or he must be a typical graduate of State College. I mean, State College is not known as an intellectual institution because after all they employ that idiot Sid Salter as “journalist-in-residence” whatever that is.

          Just curious Roger, what does this have to do with Ole Miss sucking and the fact that I point out the obvious. Most of you members of my “fan club” seem to obsess over me and who I am rather than addressing what I say about my favorite team, which happens to suck year in and year out. Could it be that you have nothing to counter the truth that I spew? Yes, I think that’s it and I’m sure you’ll resort to another ad hominem in response. I’ll be waiting…

          • Roger Davis

            Isn’t it past your bedtime? What does your response to REB about ‘you’re’ and ‘your’ have to do with Ole Miss sucking?

          • Kevin

            The guy told me that he went to college and I don’t believe him. Which makes me wonder why he even likes Ole Miss. What’s his connection to Ole Miss football? So I’m merely trying to point out that I have a connection to the team that a great number of fans do not have. Many Ole Miss fans like the team because they like them and few other reasons.

            But you are correct. It has nothing to do with Ole Miss sucking, but it does point to the overall points I’m making about criticism of a team. Fans can and do criticize team’s performances and this is healthy. It is not a conspiracy by the fans of other teams. Criticism about the team may make them better because by hearing criticisms they can figure out what is wrong and do things to fix that. Criticism of the team by fans can also be instructive for fans themselves because they may realize that there’s more to life than unflinching allegiance to subpar athletic teams, there’s more to life than grand expectations, and that the team may very well not be as good as you think it is.

            But I’m still waiting for somebody to show me how I’m wrong about Ole Miss football. When people say I’m stupid or mentally unstable, I’m not convinced because they cannot possibly know these things about me. So again it goes back to criticism. Fanatics want to stifle criticism and that’s just not healthy. I’m trying to counter that tendency among fans.

          • Roger Davis

            Maybe that were your intentions but you started playing his game. He attacked and you took the bait. It was all about using proper grammar rather than football. As far as Ole Miss, you are taking the results of past Rebel teams and transposing on the current team. That’s not fair to them. The team has approximately 120 on its roster which 70 are underclassmen and 44 are freshmen. To demand immediate success is simply not right. Give them time to ingest the bumps, bruises, injuries and losses and grow from that.

          • Kevin

            I forgot to mention as well that REB has so many unsubstantial, irrelevant, and fanciful things that why should I bother to counter him when he cannot form many coherent thoughts and convince me that what I say about Ole Miss football is indeed incorrect. If he is going to be ridiculous, then I shall be ridiculous too because that’s probably the only way I can reach him.

  • REB

    I think my point is made. You sir have foul smell about you. To write the comments you make is either out of ignorance or stupidity. Ole Abe said it over a 100 years ago and it best describes you, “I had rather keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt” In your case The doubt has long been gone.

    • Kevin

      No REB, you haven’t made any points at all. You’ve merely assailed critics of the team’s performance with insults. Insult making is not point making. you really didn’t get your money’s worth out of college, did you?

  • REB

    First off who cares what a MI$$ $TATE Troll believes.I have a diploma. Second, Cid, People have told you Ole Miss is building and getting better all the time. Recruiting is great.Your little commets are going to change nothing. You said we were going to lose 100 to 26 to Texas A&M. You were wrong. You said the NCAA Was after us. Wrong again they were after your Mi$$ $tate. Lets face it you have been wrong all the way. Your are just to stupid to listen. You are too busy trying to show how smart you are, instead you have made a complete ass of yourself. As said before you are obviously a life time loser with a very bad smell about you.You have no character or self respect. But you try to get your little jollies by trying to pissing people off. Why don’t you go down to one of the games and start that stupid mess with some of those students? I sure they would love to have a long talk with you about all your problems.

    • Kevin

      I never said the NCAA was after us. I don’t give a crap about that stuff and I don’t make posts about it. You are wrong, dead wrong on that. I did predict Ole Miss losing to Texas, but you predicted that we’d beat A&M, Auburn, and Bama. What little do you know about Ole Miss’s abilities. People tell me we are rebuilding, but countless times now I’ve pointed out that this has always been the case only to never get rebuilt. Cutcliffe was rebuilding, Tuberville was rebuilding, Orgeron, Nutts, and Now Freeze.

      Likewise REB, I don’t care what you think about me personally. So I promise not to highlight your lack of intelligence if you quit posting the same personal comments about me. I will, however, repeat my criticisms of this coach and this program every day until something changes or until you convince me that I’m wrong. You are not very convincing. Insulting me doesn’t prove that I am incorrect about Ole Miss sucking!