Manziel, Texas A&M fall to Auburn

Updated: October 19, 2013

College Station, TX ( – Tre Mason scored a go-ahead 5-yard
touchdown with 1:19 remaining and the Auburn defense denied Johnny Manziel’s
late comeback bid, as the 24th ranked Tigers edged No. 7 Texas A&M, 45-41, on
Saturday at Kyle Field.

Manziel’s fourth touchdown pass of the day to Mike Evans gave the Aggies a
31-24 lead late in the third, but the reigning Heisman Trophy winner went down
with a right shoulder injury on the first play of the fourth quarter with
Texas A&M deep in Auburn territory.

With backup Matt Joeckel in, the Aggies were forced to settle for a 20-yard
field goal from Josh Lambo that made it 34-24 before the Tigers roared back
with consecutive scoring drives.

Nick Marshall capped the first march with a 13-yard TD run, and after Joeckel
and the Aggies went three-and-out, Mason ripped off a 53-yard run that set up
Cameron Artis-Payne’s 2-yard TD surge that gave Auburn a 38-34 lead with 9:06
left in the game.

After leaving the sideline area briefly for further evaluation, Manziel
returned to the playing field and went right to work, going 7-for-7 on a 12-
play, 75-yard trek that he capped with a 1-yard TD run off the right end to
put the Aggies on top, 41-38, with 5:05 remaining.

Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) had the final say however, as Marshall converted a pair
of third downs on the Tigers’ ensuing touch, including a 3rd-and-9 from the
Aggies’ 39, when Marcus Davis made a 27-yard grab down the right sideline.

Two plays later, Mason surged up the middle and appeared to be stopped short
of the end zone, but the Auburn running back was able to stretch the ball
across the goal line while laying on top of an offensive lineman to give the
Tigers a four-point edge with 1:19 remaining.

Manziel moved the Aggies (5-2, 2-2) inside the Auburn 20 with a pair of
completions to Evans, but on 4th-and-13 from the 21-yard line, Manziel was
sacked for a 22-yard loss to seal the outcome.