Auburn vs. Texas A&M: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Aggies

Matthew SeukunianCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2013

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 12:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies attempts to maneuver by defensive back Mike Hilton #28 of the Ole Miss Rebels on October 12, 2013 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. At halftime Texas A&M leads Ole Miss 14-10.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Auburn 45, Texas A&M 41

No. 24 Auburn Tigers took down No. 7 Texas A&M in College Station in a back-and-forth offensive duel.

The game was going to be won or lost in the trenches, and Auburn got the job done. Though Johnny Manziel left the game briefly with an injury, he would return and lead the Aggies on a go-ahead touchdown drive. 

Unfortunately, the Aggies defense could not hold.

This upset will surely shake up the BCS rankings.

Texas A&M Aggies Game Grades
Positional Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseA-A
Run OffenseCD
Pass DefenseCC
Run DefenseC-F
Special TeamsAA
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Game analysis for Texas A&M:

Pass Offense: Manziel gave everyone a scare in the fourth quarter, sitting a few plays out with a hand injury. He wound up back in the game to lead his team on what was, at the time, the go-ahead score. Overall he completed 28 of 38 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns.

Run Offense: The Aggies never got their run game going Saturday, getting only 152 yards on 36 carries. Johnny Manziel led the team in rushing, going for 70 yards and a touchdown. As good as he is, Manziel is not intended to be A&M’s leading rusher.

Pass Defense: The Aggies leader gave the defense the lead towards the end of the fourth quarter, and they didn’t hold it for long. Nick Marshall, the Auburn quarterback, went 11-for-23 for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Run Defense: This game's outcome was surely going to be determined through the running game, and Auburn won that battle handily. The Tigers ran the ball 59 times for 380 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Simply, Auburn won the game because A&M could not stop the run.

Special Teams: Place-kicker Josh Lambo made all of his extra points and hit a couple of field goals, while punter Drew Kaser had an average of 54.8 yards a punt, downing one inside the 20.

Coaching: Sumlin coached a fine football game from beginning to end. Sumlin’s biggest strength continues to be his ability to motivate his guys.

Oct 19, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Corey Grant (20) runs past Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Julien Obioha (95) during the first half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

First-Half Analysis for Texas A&M:

Pass Offense: Watching the game you felt like Manziel was playing a mediocre half of football, notably because of the two interceptions. Yet at the half he has completed 14 of his 20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Run Offense: Part of why Manziel struggled in the first half was the Aggie running game. A&M was only able to get 63 yards on the ground in the first half. Other than Trey Williams, no Aggie back had much success on the ground.

Pass Defense: The Aggies were much more successful stopping the pass than they were stopping the run. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall threw for 114 yards and a touchdown but only completed five of his 12 passes.

Run Defense: The Aggies let Auburn do what they do best: run the ball. Auburn carried the ball 27 times for 161 yards and a touchdown. Corey Grant and Ricardo Louis did big damage, averaging 16 yards a carry.

Special Teams: Place-kicker Josh Lambo made all three extra points in addition to a field goal, while punter Drew Kaser averaged 60 yards a punt, dropping one inside the 20.

Coaching: Kevin Sumlin coached a fine half of football, making adjustments throughout the half. He managed his timeouts well and gave his team a last-second opportunity to score.


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