2013 Texas A&M Aggies football team

2013 Texas A&M Aggies football
Chick-fil-A Bowl Champions
Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Duke, W 52–48
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 18
2013 record 9–4 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Kevin Sumlin (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney (1st as OC, 2nd overall year)
Co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital (1st year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder (2nd year)
Co-defensive coordinator Marcel Yates (2nd year)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Kyle Field
(Capacity: 82,589)
2013 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#5 Missouri x   7 1         12 2  
#4 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Georgia   5 3         8 5  
#24 Vanderbilt   4 4         9 4  
Florida   3 5         4 8  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#2 Auburn xy$   7 1         12 2  
#7 Alabama x%   7 1         11 2  
#14 LSU   5 3         10 3  
#18 Texas A&M   4 4         9 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Auburn 59, Missouri 42
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2013 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Kyle Field.

Texas A&M played 8 games at Kyle Field during the 2013 season. The last time Texas A&M played 8 games at home was 1919 when the Aggies were awarded the National Championship after finishing the season undefeated and unscored upon.[2]

The 2013 season featured the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide playing at Kyle Field in what was CBS' first game from that venue since 1989.

Before the season

Previous season

In 2012, Texas A&M played their first season in the SEC. They started out unranked and lost their opener to No. 24 Florida. However, the Aggies bounced back and went on a five-game win streak, including victories over two SEC West teams – Arkansas and Ole Miss – and a win over No. 23 Louisiana Tech. They fell to No. 6 LSU in a close home game before winning their final five regular-season games, highlighted by an upset victory over the defending national champion, No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The streak also included a victory over No. 17 Mississippi State. The 2012 season saw the rise of quarterback Johnny Manziel, who went on to win the 2012 Heisman trophy as the first freshman ever to do so. The Aggies accepted an invitation to the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic, in which they definitively handled old Big XII rival Oklahoma 41–13, and finished the season 11–2.

2013 NFL Draft

Five Texas A&M players were drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft.[3]

2013 NFL Draft selections
Round Pick no. Team Player Position
1 2 Jacksonville Jaguars Luke Joeckel Offensive tackle
2 62 Seattle Seahawks Christine Michael Running back
3 81 New York Giants Damontre Moore Defensive end
4 118 Cincinnati Bengals Sean Porter Linebacker
6 174 Arizona Cardinals Ryan Swope Wide receiver

After the draft, seven Aggies were signed as undrafted free agents.[4]

Signed as undrafted free agent
Player Team Position
Patrick Lewis Green Bay Packers Center
Spencer Nealy New York Jets Defensive tackle
Uzoma Nwachukwu Houston Texans Wide receiver
Dustin Harris Dallas Cowboys Defensive back
Steven Terrell Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive back
C.J. Jones Kansas City Chiefs Defensive back
Jonathan Stewart St. Louis Rams Linebacker

Spring practice

Spring practice began on March 1 and ended with the annual Maroon and White game on April 13, which was televised nationally on ESPN. It also included an open scrimmage on March 23 and the Friday Night Lights game on April 5. A few key players were out with injuries: junior WR Malcome Kennedy, senior LB Steven Jenkins, sophomore DE Julien Obioha, and senior DL Kirby Ennis.[5]

Throughout the spring, A&M saw great play out of its receivers (especially Mike Evans), the offensive line, led by senior LT Jake Matthews, and quarterbacks group, led by the all-star talent of Johnny Manziel. The running backs group looked loaded with talent and depth (including senior Ben Malena and sophomores Trey Williams, Tra Carson, and Brandon Williams) and looked to be a position of strength for the Aggies as well. The defensive backfield also seemed to have a few playmakers in CB Deshazor Everett and S Floyd Raven Sr. The linebacking corps, however, showed a lack of depth, especially without Senior Steven Jenkins, and was projected as an area of concern for the Aggies in the coming season. Another area of potential issue for A&M was the defensive line, as there was little depth (compounded by injuries) and a thus much riding on incoming freshmen that couldn't practice in the spring.

In the Maroon and White game, the Maroon (offense) prevailed over the White (defense) 43–23. For the quarterbacks, Manziel went 23-of-30 for 303 yards and 3 TDs, Matt Joeckel went 8-of-21 for 88 yards, and Matt Davis went 7-of-12 for 112 yards. Ben Malena played little (only 3 carries for 12 yards), so the team was led by sophomores Brandon Williams (7 for 59 yards and 1 TD) and Trey Williams (7 for 67 yards and 1 TD). Mike Evans had a solid game receiving with 5 catches for 73 yards, as did Derel Walker (5 for 79 yards and 1 TD) and LaKendrick Williams (7 for 105 yards). As for the defense, sacks were made by Nate Askew, Tyrone Taylor, Jordan Points, and Tyrell Taylor (who had 2).[6]

Fall practice

Fall camp began on August 5 and concluded on August 25. It also included an open scrimmage on August 17 and Meet the Aggies Day on August 24. Several freshmen stood out during the camp, including receivers Ricky Seals-Jones and LaQuvionte Gonzalez; linebackers Darian Claiborne and Jordan Mastrogiovanni; defensive linemen Isaiah Golden, Daeshon Hall, and Hardreck Walker.


Five editors from Athlon Sports[7] and Stewart Mandel of SI.com predicted Texas A&M to finish 10–2.[8] The SEC media projected A&M to finish second in the SEC West, behind Alabama.[9]


Full roster

2013 Texas A&M Aggies football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Malena, BenBen Malena (C) Sr
QB 2 Manziel, JohnnyJohnny Manziel  So
RB 3 Williams, TreyTrey Williams So
WR 4 Williams, Ja’QuayJa’Quay Williams Fr
RB 5 Williams, BrandonBrandon Williams  So
WR 6 Gonzalez, LaQuvionteLaQuvionte Gonzalez Fr
QB 7 Hill, KennyKenny Hill Fr
WR 9 Seals-Jones, RickyRicky Seals-Jones  Fr
WR 10 Williams, LeKendrickLeKendrick Williams  Jr
WR 11 Walker, DerelDerel Walker Sr
WR 13 Evans, MikeMike Evans (C)  So
QB 14 McQueen, ConnerConner McQueen  Fr
WR 15 Labhart, TravisTravis Labhart Sr
QB 16 Joeckel, MattMatt Joeckel  Jr
WR 18 Pope, EdwardEdward Pope  Fr
QB 19 Feist, ConnerConner Feist Fr
WR 19 Tabuyo, JeremyJeremy Tabuyo Fr
RB 20 White, JamesJames White Fr
RB 21 Carson, TraTra Carson  So
RB 23 Holmes, SabianSabian Holmes So
RB 27 Dolezal, BriceBrice Dolezal So
QB 33 Fierro, AceAce Fierro Jr
RB 34 Townsend, BlaineBlaine Townsend So
WR 35 Fierro, ReeceReece Fierro Jr
WR 42 Buscha, RyanRyan Buscha Jr
OL 47 Smith, CadenCaden Smith  So
OL 51 Harrison, JarvisJarvis Harrison  Jr
OL 56 Matthews, MikeMike Matthews So
OL 63 Lindblade, RyanRyan Lindblade Fr
OL 64 Parker, TreyTrey Parker Fr
OL 65 Arechiga, John-AlbertJohn-Albert Arechiga So
OL 68 Compton, BenBen Compton Jr
OL 69 Wilson, IshmaelIshmael Wilson Fr
OL 70 Ogbuehi, CedricCedric Ogbuehi  Jr
OL 71 Tipoti, KimoKimo Tipoti  Fr
OL 73 Stuckey, JeremiahJeremiah Stuckey (I) So
OL 74 Ifedi, GermainGermain Ifedi  Fr
OL 75 Matthews, JakeJake Matthews (C) Sr
OL 76 Aguilar, JoasJoas Aguilar Fr
OL 77 Klinke, ShepShep Klinke Sr
OL 78 Gramling, GarrettGarrett Gramling  Jr
OL 79 Cheek, JosephJoseph Cheek  So
TE 81 Hicks, NehemiahNehemiah Hicks Sr
WR 82 Niederhofer, BooneBoone Niederhofer  Fr
WR 83 Larue, SebastianSebastian Larue Fr
WR 84 Kennedy, MalcomeMalcome Kennedy  Jr
TE 85 Clear, CameronCameron Clear Jr
WR 86 McSwain, SamuelSamuel McSwain  Fr
WR 88 Lamascus, GastonGaston Lamascus  Sr
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Harris, De'VanteDe'Vante Harris So
LB 3 Sanders, TommyTommy Sanders Jr
DB 4 Hurd Jr., ToneyToney Hurd Jr. (C) Sr
DB 5 Raven Sr., FloydFloyd Raven Sr. Jr
DB 6 Ellis, NoelNoel Ellis Fr
DB 7 Jacobs, TramainTramain Jacobs Sr
LB 8 Jenkins, StevenSteven Jenkins Sr
LB 9 Askew, NateNate Askew Sr
DL 10 Hall, DaeshonDaeshon Hall Fr
LB 13 Chevis, ReggieReggie Chevis Fr
DB 15 Marshall, KennethKenneth Marshall  Fr
LB 16 Baggs, DonnieDonnie Baggs Jr
DB 19 Fritsche, MattMatt Fritsche  So
DB 22 Garner, TavaresTavares Garner Fr
DB 23 Miles, KameronKameron Miles Fr
DB 25 Honeycutt, ClayClay Honeycutt  Jr
DB 26 Burns, DevontaDevonta Burns  So
DB 27 Huhn, ShaneShane Huhn (I) So
DB 28 Davis, VictorVictor Davis Fr
DB 29 Everett, DeshazorDeshazor Everett Jr
DB 31 Matthews, HowardHoward Matthews Jr
LB 33 Washington, ShaanShaan Washington Fr
LB 35 Taylor, TyrellTyrell Taylor Jr
DB 36 Wiggins, JonathanJonathan Wiggins Fr
DB 37 Sezer Jr., AlexAlex Sezer Jr. Fr
DB 38 Coleman, MatthewMatthew Coleman Fr
DB 39 Taylor III, MarvinMarvin Taylor III  Fr
LB 40 Ward, ShaunShaun Ward Jr
DL 41 Alexander, BrandonBrandon Alexander  So
DL 42 Ennis, KirbyKirby Ennis  Sr
LB 43 Bass, JustinJustin Bass Jr
DB 44 Moeller, SamSam Moeller  So
LB 45 Mastrogiovanni, JordanJordan Mastrogiovanni Fr
LB 46 Hilliard, A.J.A.J. Hilliard (I) So
LB 48 Claiborne, DarianDarian Claiborne Fr
LB 49 Martinez, TaylorTaylor Martinez  Fr
LB 50 Taylor, TyroneTyrone Taylor  Fr
LB 52 Wade, BrettBrett Wade Fr
LB 54 Meador, CoreyCorey Meador Fr
DL 55 Manning, JustinJustin Manning Fr
LB 56 Cobb, NickNick Cobb Fr
LB 57 Munrose, AlvinAlvin Munrose  Fr
LB 58 Johnson, CodyCody Johnson  So
DL 59 Flores, IsaacIsaac Flores Fr
DL 67 Godwin, TylerTyler Godwin  Fr
DL 72 Stansbury, GavinGavin Stansbury  Jr
DL 83 Williams, AlonzoAlonzo Williams So
DL 89 Robinson, IvanIvan Robinson  Jr
DL 92 Points, JordanJordan Points Fr
DL 93 Huckinson, BenBen Huckinson Fr
DL 94 Schorp, TannerTanner Schorp Fr
DL 95 Obioha, JulienJulien Obioha So
DL 96 Arnold, JayJay Arnold Fr
DL 98 Walker, HardreckHardreck Walker Fr
DL 99 Golden, IsaiahIsaiah Golden Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 24 Bertolet, TaylorTaylor Bertolet  So
P 38 Kaser, DrewDrew Kaser So
DS 39 Havens, DanielDaniel Havens Fr
PK 40 Serres, KyleKyle Serres Sr
P 46 Tripucka, ShaneShane Tripucka Fr
PK 49 Lambo, JoshJosh Lambo  So
DS 54 Freeman, AlexAlex Freeman Jr
PK 97 Wicker, CodyCody Wicker Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Scott Aligo Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • B.J. Anderson Offensive Line
  • Jeff Banks Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
  • David Beaty Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Bryan Cummings Special Teams Quality Control
  • Mark Hagen Linebackers
  • Larry Jackson Director of Football Sports Performance
  • Scott Johnston Director of Recruiting
  • Clarence McKinney Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Justin Moore Associate Athletic Director for Football
  • Terry Price Defensive Line
  • Nathan Reeves Offensive Quality Control
  • Gary Reynolds Director of Football Operations
  • Mark Snyder Defensive Coordinator
  • Jake Spavital Quarterbacks
  • Marcel Yates Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Last update: May 16, 2014

Recruiting class

In the 2013 recruiting class, Texas A&M signed 32 players (31 not counting TCU transfer A.J. Hilliard), 10 of which were included in the ESPN 300, with 5 of those in the ESPN 150. The class was ranked 8th in the nation by ESPN, 11th by Rivals, and 6th nationally by Scout.[10][11][12]

Returning starters

Player Class Position
Johnny Manziel Sophomore (RS) Quarterback
Ben Malena Senior Running Back
Mike Evans Sophomore (RS) Wide Receiver
Jake Matthews Senior Left Tackle
Jarvis Harrison Junior (RS) Left Guard
Cedric Ogbuehi Junior (RS) Right Tackle

Player Class Position
Julien Obioha Sophomore Defensive End
Deshazor Everett Junior Defensive Back
Howard Matthews Junior Safety
Steven Jenkins Senior Linebacker

Special Teams
Player Class Position
Taylor Bertolet Sophomore (RS) Kicker (Kickoffs)
Jake Matthews Senior Long Snapper
Trey Williams Sophomore Kick Return

Depth chart

Floyd Raven Sr
Clay Honeycut
Darian Claiborne
Tommy Sanders Jordan Mastrogiovanni
Howard Matthews
Jonathan Wiggins
De'Vante Harris
Alex Sezer Jr
Julien Obioha Isaiah Golden Ivan Robinson Gavin Stansbury
Daeshon Hall Hardreck Walker Alonzo Williams Tyrone Taylor
Deshazor Everett
Tramain Jacobs
Derel Walker
Edward Pope
Travis Labhart
Sabian Holmes/LaQuvionte Gonzalez
Jake Matthews Jarvis Harrison Mike Matthews Germain Ifedi Cedric Ogbuehi
Jeremiah Stuckey Shep Klinke Ben Compton Garrett Gramling Joseph Cheek
Malcome Kennedy
Jeremy Tabuyo
Mike Evans
JaQuay Williams
Johnny Manziel
Matt Joeckel
Ben Malena
Trey Williams
Special Teams
PK Josh Lambo
PK Taylor Bertolet
P Drew Kaser
P Shane Tripucka
KR Trey Williams
PR De’Vante Harris
LS Jake Matthews
H Drew Kaser


Texas A&M's 2013 schedule was released by the Southeastern Conference and Texas A&M on October 18, 2012.[14][15]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:00 p.m. Rice* No. 7 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ESPN W 52–31   86,686
September 7 6:00 p.m. Sam Houston State* No. 7 Kyle Field • College Station, TX FSSW PPV W 65–28   86,800
September 14 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Alabama No. 6 Kyle Field • College Station, TX CBS L 42–49   87,596
September 21 6:00 p.m. SMU* No. 10 Kyle Field • College Station, TX ESPNU W 42–13   86,542
September 28 6:00 p.m. at Arkansas No. 10 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 45–33   72,613
October 12 7:30 p.m. at Ole Miss No. 9 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS ESPN W 41–38   60,950
October 19 2:30 p.m. No. 24 Auburn No. 7 Kyle Field • College Station, TX CBS L 41–45   87,165
October 26 11:21 a.m. Vanderbilt No. 14 Kyle Field • College Station, TX SECTV W 56–24   86,584
November 2 8:00 p.m. UTEP* No. 12 Kyle Field • College Station, TX ESPN2 W 57–7   87,126
November 9 2:30 p.m. Mississippi State No. 11 Kyle Field • College Station, TX CBS W 51–41   88,504
November 23 2:30 p.m. at No. 18 LSU No. 9 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) CBS L 10–34   92,949
November 30 6:45 p.m. at No. 5 Missouri No. 19 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO ESPN L 21–28   67,124
December 31 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 22 Duke* No. 20 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl) ESPN W 52–48   67,496
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 7 7 6 10 10 9 9 7 14 12 11 10 9 19 22 20 18 
Coaches' 6 (1) 7 (1) 6 (1) 9 9 9 9 7 15 14 13 11 10 21 25 21 18 
Harris Not released 7 13 13 12 10 10 21 23 21 Not released 
BCS Not released 16 12 15 11 12 21 24 21 Not released

Game notes


1 234Total
Rice 14 7010 31
#7 Texas A&M 7 211014 52
  • Date: August 31
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 12:02 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:32
  • Game attendance: 86,686
  • Game weather: 90 °F (32 °C), Clear and Humid, winds S at 6 mph
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, & Tom Luginbill

Eight total players were suspended for half or all of the game, including six defensive starters and Johnny Manziel. Freshman (RS) WR Edward Pope, Senior LB Steven Jenkins, Sophomore CB De'Vante Harris, and Junior DE Gavin Stansbury were suspended for two games. Senior DT Kirby Ennis and Junior S Floyd Raven Sr. were suspended for one game. Junior CB Deshazor Everett and Sophomore (RS) QB Johnny Manziel were suspended for a half.[18] Redshirt Junior QB Matt Joeckel started and played the entire first half until Manziel's return.

The Aggies received to start the game and punted after only 1 first down. Drew Kaser started his stellar season off with a 55-yard punt downed inside the 5 yard line. The Owls then started with a strong drive opened by a 26-yard pass from McHargue to Cella. Just a few plays later McHargue would keep the ball on an option play and bust a 57-yard run down field, only just caught from behind by Junior LB Tommy Sanders. Two plays later, Senior RB Charles Ross punched the ball into the endzone to put the Owls up 7-0. On A&M's following series, the ball was in the air only twice out of 10 plays, finished off by a rush from Senior RB Ben Malena for 4 yards for the TD to tie the game. Rice's ensuing drive moved steadily down the field, capped off by an 18-yard scramble by McHargue and a 19-yard wheel route pass to Ross for the TD. Rice was up 14-7. The teams traded punts on their following drives, and with a few minutes left, A&M went on a steady drive down to the Rice 41 to end the quarter.

A&M continued its drive in the 2nd Quarter, highlighted by a 26-yard pass from Joeckel to Sophomore (RS) sensation Mike Evans. Sophomore (RS) RB Tra Carson would run the ball in a few plays later to tie the game. Despite a 22-yard run from Ross on Rice’s following drive, the Owls were forced to punt, due to a tackle for a loss by true freshman and future star LB Darian Claiborne on 3rd down. Only a few plays into the Aggies’ next outing, Joeckel hit Freshman receiver Ricky Seals-Jones for a 71-yard TD and the lead. Afterwards, A&M forced Rice to punt once again and then added to their lead with another TD by Carson on a steady drive. With 3:42 left in the half, Rice went on a strong drive including 2 great passes by McHargue to Junior WR Jordan Taylor, one for 27 yards and the other for a 5-yard TD after the ball was deflected by Senior CB Toney Hurd Jr. The score was 28-21 Texas A&M at halftime, after which star Aggie QB Johnny Manziel would return.

Rice received the 2nd half kickoff and had 2 incompletions before McHargue was intercepted by Junior CB Tramain Jacobs, starting Manziel’s return to college football. The Sophomore’s first play of 2013 was a 12-yard scramble; however, he was sacked just 2 plays later, forcing A&M to take the 44-yard Field Goal. Rice’s ensuing drive did not turn out any better than its predecessor, as Junior (RS) S Clay Honeycutt grabbed A&M’s second interception of the game. This time, Manziel was able to take the team to the endzone on a 23-yard toss to Evans for the TD. The teams traded punts before Rice went on a nearly 6 minute drive to end the half at A&M’s 1-yard line. On the first play of the 4th Quarter, Ross carried the Owls into the endzone to make the score 28-38. However, A&M’s offense had hit its rhythm and Manziel notched a 34-yard pass to Junior (RS) receiver Malcome Kennedy before hitting Malena out of the backfield for 18 yards and the TD. Down by 17, Rice was feeling the pressure on their next drive. After gaining a few yards, the Owls went for it on 4th down, where true Freshman DT Jay Arnold pushed through the line and forced Ross right into Junior DE Tyrell Taylor, where he was tackled for a loss. With a short field, A&M scored quickly via another TD pass to Evans for 9 yards. With little hope of winning the game, Rice put in Sophomore QB Driphus Jackson, who led the team on a long drive capped off by a 43-yard FG. A&M simply ran out the clock with 2:03 left in the game.

Texas A&M won its season opener, and the star Manziel looked as good as ever, going 6-of-8 for 94 yards and 3 TDs; however, Rice ran for 306 yards, averaging 6 yards-per-carry, which hinted at the defensive issues (particularly in the running game) that would haunt A&M for the rest of the season.

Sam Houston State

1 234Total
Sam Houston State 7 7140 28
#7 Texas A&M 14 16350 65
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 6:06PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 86,800
  • Game weather: 79 °F (26 °C), Cloudy, winds SE at 8mph
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (FSSW PPV): Bill Land, Shea Walker, & Kayce Smith


Sam Houston faced Texas A&M for the second consecutive year, facing the FBS powerhouse for the twelfth time. The Aggies had won all previous meetings.

The Aggies drew first blood in the first quarter, with A&M running back Tra Carson finishing a drive with a one-yard scoring run with 10:52 remaining in the period, which followed with the extra point brought the score to 7–0 Aggies.[20] The Bearkats struck back on their next possession, with running back Timothy Flanders scoring on an 11-yard run at the 7:51-minute marker, followed by the extra point tying the score 7–7. Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel connected with a 27-yard pass to wide receiver Sabian Holmes with less than three minutes in the quarter, putting A&M back on top 14–7.

The Aggies scored again in the second quarter at the 11:31 mark with a one-yard run by running back Ben Malena, however the extra point attempt by kicker Taylor Bertolet failed, with the new score 20–7 Aggies. A&M was again on the board at 4:23 with a 20-yard pass by Manziel to wide receiver Ja'Quay Williams, and with the extra point the new score was 27–7 Aggies. The Bearkats finally answered with a 33-yard pass by quarterback Brian Bell to Flanders, and kicker Luc Swimberghe's extra point brought the score to 27–14 Aggies.[20] The Aggies made the final score in the period with a 35-yard field goal by Bertolet in the closing seconds, with the Aggies leading at halftime 30–14.[21]

The Bearkats struck quickly in the third quarter, with Flanders making a 68-yard scoring running at the 14:04 mark, and the extra point reduced the Aggies lead to 30–21.[22] Not to be outdone, the Aggies made two consecutive scoring drives, culimating with a one-yard run by Carson at the 10:27-minute mark and a ten-yard pass by Manziel to running back Brandon Williams at the 6:27-mark, raising the Aggie's lead to 44–28. The Bearkats struck again a mere 14 seconds after the previous Aggies score with Bell connecting with Torrance Williams on a 75-yard pass, bringing the score to 44–28 Aggies.[21] After that Texas A&M kept the Bearkats from the endzone, and Manziel made a six-yard quarterback keeper at the 5:24-minute mark, Aggies linebacker Nate Askew intercepted Bell for a pick-six with 3:42 remaining in the quarter and backup Aggies quarterback connected with wide receiver Travis Labhart at the 1:14-minute mark, all together raising the lead to 65–28 Aggies.[21]

By the fourth quarter both teams had pulled their starters and the game was a defensive standoff, both teams keeping each other from scoring. The final score was 65–28 Aggies.[22]

Sam Houston quarterback Brian Bell completed six of 15 pass attempts for 137 yards with two interception, with fellow quarterback Don King III completing one pass for 13 yards. Sam Houston's rushing game was anchored by Timothy Flanders who ran 19 times for 170 yards including two running touchdowns, followed by Keshawn Hill who carried the ball three times for 42 yards, Richard Sincere who ran six times for 11 yards and Ryan Wilson who rushed five times for ten yards.

With the loss, Sam Houston is tied 1–1.[23] Texas A&M leads the all-times series 12–0.


1 234Total
#1 Alabama 7 21147 49
#6 Texas A&M 14 0721 42
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 2:42 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 87,596
  • Game weather: 95°, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

In the first conference game of the 2013 season, Alabama defeated the Texas A&M Aggies at College Station 49–42.[25][26] Texas A&M opened the game with a pair of touchdowns on their first two offensive possessions and took a 14–0 lead. After they received the opening kickoff, the Aggies scored on their first possession when Johnny Manziel threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Clear and on their second possession on a one-yard Ben Malena touchdown run.[26][27] Alabama responded with their first of five consecutive touchdowns on their next possession and cut the A&M lead to 14–7 when A. J. McCarron threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Norwood.[26][27]

After the Crimson Tide defense held the Aggies to a punt, McCarron threw his second touchdown pass of the afternoon on the drive that ensued early in the second quarter on a 44-yard flea flicker pass to DeAndrew White that tied the game 14–14.[28] On the next drive, Cyrus Jones intercepted a Manziel pass in the endzone for a touchback and Alabama possession. McCarron then threw his third touchdown pass on the game from 51-yards to Kenny Bell and gave the Crimson Tide their first lead of the game, 21–14.[26][27] Alabama then closed the first half with an 11 play, 93 yard drive capped with a four-yard T. J. Yeldon touchdown run for a 28–14 halftime lead.[26][27]

After the A&M defense forced a punt on the opening possession of the third quarter, Vinnie Sunseri intercepted the first Manziel pass of the second half and returned it 73-yards for a touchdown and extended the Alabama lead to 35–14.[29] The Aggies responded on the drive that followed with a 14-yard Manziel touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy and was followed with a three-yard Kenyan Drake touchdown run that made the score 42–21 in favor of the Crimson Tide at the end of the third quarter.[26][27] In the fourth, the Aggies scored first on a 12-yard Kennedy touchdown reception, and Alabama looked like they were about to respond with a touchdown as well, but Yeldon fumbled at the two-yard line that was recovered by A&M.[26][27] Three plays later, Manziel threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans that cut the Crimson Tide lead to 42–35.[26][27] Alabama rebounded on their next drive that was capped with a five-yard McCarron touchdown pass to Jalston Fowler that extended their lead to 49–35.[26][27] A four-yard touchdown pass from Manziel to Kennedy in the last 0:20 made the final score 49–42.[26][27]

The 628 yards of total offense by the A&M offense were the most ever surrendered by an Alabama defense in the history of the program.[26] For his career-high 334 yards on 20 of 29 passing and four touchdowns, McCarron was recognized as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.[30] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against the Aggies to 4–2.[31]


1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 3 3 0 7 13
#10 Texas A&M 14 18 10 0 42

This game was the 80th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Texas A&M Aggies. The most recent match-up was September 15, 2012, a game in which Texas A&M defeated SMU with a final score of 48–3. After this match-up, Texas A&M leads the series 44–29–7.


The Arkansas Razorbacks offense lines up for a play against the Aggie defense
1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Texas A&M 17 7 14 7 45
Arkansas 7 13 13 0 33

Ole Miss

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Texas A&M 14 0 7 20 41
Ole Miss 7 3 7 21 38


1 234Total
#24 Auburn 10 7721 45
#7 Texas A&M 14 10710 41
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 2:47 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:46
  • Game attendance: 87,165
  • Game weather: 65°, Sunny
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Auburn's defense came up with a huge final stand to upset 7th rank Texas A&M. With 1:19 left in the game Auburn held a 45–41 lead. A&M's QB Johnny Manziel completed two big pass plays to WR Mike Evans to get it down to Auburn's 18 yard line. DE Dee Ford would come up with an 8-yard sack then Manziel would throw an incompletion. On the next play Manziel tried to run but was tackled by LB Kris Frost. Then on 4th and long Auburn Dee Ford sacked Manziel once again ending the game. QB Nick Marshall passed for 236 yrds and 2 TD's and ran for 100 yrds and 2 TD's, he had one fumble. Tre Mason added 178 yrds rushing and 2 TD's. The defenses recorded 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions on the 3rd best offense in the nation. Ryan White who moved to safety that morning after Josh Hosley was injured recorded 5 tackles and an interception without knowing the proper alignments. Auburn's DE LaDarius Owens injured Johnny Manziel early in the 4th Quarter and he missed a series. Auburn would vault to No 11 in the first BCS Poll of the year.


1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 17 0 7 24
#14 Texas A&M 21 7 21 7 56


1 2 3 4 Total
UTEP 7 0 0 0 7
#12 Texas A&M 9 27 21 0 57

This was Texas A&M's 700th win in school history.

Mississippi State

1 234Total
Mississippi State 7 7621 41
#11 Texas A&M 16 71414 51
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:53
  • Game attendance: 88,504
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), Partly Cloudy, winds E 6mph
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Brando, Aaron Taylor, and Kristina Akra



1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Texas A&M 0 10 0 0 10
#18 LSU 7 14 10 3 34


1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Texas A&M 7 7 0 7 21
#5 Missouri 0 7 14 7 28

Duke (Chick-fil-A Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Duke 14 24 3 7 48
#20 Texas A&M 3 14 14 21 52



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