Texas A&M took the opening possession of the game right down field against Mississippi State and never looked back in a pivotal SEC West match-up. Texas A&M stormed out to a 24-0 lead at halftime and put things on cruise control to get out of town with a 38-13 victory.
Texas A&M picked up a pair of touchdowns on the ground from Ben Malena and Christine Michael and freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel worked his way up the middle of the field on an all-too-easy-looking touchdown run of 37 yards for a commanding 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Texas Tech rolled up over 700 yards of offense, with Manziel passing for yards. Manziel also rushed for a pair of touchdowns, eclipsing the total combined rushing touchdowns of former A&M quarterbacks Ryan Tannenhill and Jerrod Johnson between 2009 and 2011. Manziel still has three games to play in the regular season.
Now Texas A&M has a chance to really make some noise in the national conversation. Next up? Alabama.
With the win Texas A&M improves to 4-2 in SEC play, 7-2 overall. Depending on what happens tonight in Baton Rouge, the Aggies could be just one back in the SEC West race. LSU previously handed Texas A&M a close SEC loss in College Station, so the road to Atlanta is still a bit of a pipe dream for Texas A&M, but a win next weekend in Tuscaloosa would at the very least throw Texas A&M in to the BCS at-large conversation. With a freshman star in Manziel and first-year head coach Kevin Sumlin having the program playing at a high level, these Aggies have become one of the more fascinating teams to keep an eye on every weekend in college football.
Keep in mind Texas A&M's only two losses this season have come to LSU and Florida, both easily top ten teams this first weekend in November. Those two losses have come by a combined seven points. When you start to look at the various teams that will be hoping to get an at-large bid, Texas A&M may start to be one of the teams worth giving a hard look if they can shock Alabama next week.
Of course, that is always much easier said, or typed, than said.