Manziel’s 3 TDs lead A&M over Rice

  • Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013 12:43 a.m.
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Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates a touchdown with teammate Ben Malena (1) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Rice.
AP Photo/Eric Gay Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates a touchdown with teammate Ben Malena (1) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Rice.

NO. 7 TEXAS A&M 52, RICE 31

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — After serving his first-half suspension, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel threw three TD passes and scrambled for 19 yards – ran his mouth a bit, too – as No. 7 Texas A&M posted a lopsided 52-31 win over Rice.

He ended his day by getting yanked following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pointing at the scoreboard after a TD pass in the fourth quarter. He was replaced by Matt Joeckel on A&M’s last drive.

Joeckel started at quarterback for A&M and threw for 190 yards and a touchdown to help the Aggies to a 28-21 lead at halftime.

Manziel came in on Texas A&M’s first offensive play of the second half and the Aggies capped his first drive with a 44-yard field goal.

NO. 10 FLORIDA 24, TOLEDO 6

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mack Brown had tears in eyes before the game and a smile on his face after.

In between, he ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns – and vomited on the sideline.

Brown’s career day, Jeff Driskel’s efficiency and a dominant defense carried the Gators to a 24-6 win over Toledo in the teams’ season opener Saturday.

Driskel completed 17 of 22 passes for 153 yards and a score. Florida totaled 414 yards of offense, including 262 on the ground. Florida’s defense, which ranked fifth in the country in 2012, looked every bit as good as last year’s version despite losing eight starters and its coordinator.

It was Florida’s 24th consecutive season-opening victory, the second-longest active streak in the country. Only Nebraska (27) has a longer current run.

NO. 13 OKLA. STATE 21, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3

HOUSTON — J.W. Walsh threw for 135 yards and ran for another 125 and a touchdown to lead the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 21-3 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Texas Kickoff Saturday.

Walsh finished 18 of 27 after relieving starter Clint Chelf on the Cowboys’ third series. Jeremy Smith rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for Oklahoma State (1-0), which piled up 432 yards on offense after struggling for most of the first half.

Tyler Russell 10 of 16 for 133 yards before being helped off the field and taken to the locker room in the third quarter after being brought down on a scramble. Dak Prescott replaced Russell, throwing for 89 yards on seven of 17 passing.

LaDarius Perkins rushed for 50 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes for 52 yards for the Bulldogs (0-1), which had only 333 yards of offense .

ARKANSAS 34, LA LAFAYETTE 14

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Brandon Allen made sure his new head coach made a solid first impression at Arkansas.

Allen was 15-of-22 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas opened the Bret Bielema era with a 34-14 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Allen, taking over as the starting quarterback for the Razorbacks, threw a pair of touchdown passes to Javontee Herndon and helped improve Bielema to 8-0 in his career in season openers

Sophomore Jonathan Williams rushed for 151 yards and freshman Alex Collins added 131 of his own for Arkansas (1-0).

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