Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has mentioned the Aggies comeback win at Ole Miss as a turning point in their 11-2 season.
Ole Miss fans remember that game as the painful one that got away, the SEC losing streak stretching to 16 games when it was so close to ending.
The Rebels were up 27-17 and had A&M pinned deep when Manziel led an improbable – and fast – touchdown drive to open the door open for the Aggies.
“What a scary day that was. The big thing for the team was to play as poorly as we played, turning the ball over. We turned the ball over six times, and you still sneak out with a win. What a great testament to our team and how we were last year in not letting it get too bad,” Manziel said earlier this morning at SEC Media Days.
“You had 99 yards to go, 2 1-2 or 3 minutes left in the game. You’re down 13 points, something like that. You’ve got to go 99 yards and score a touchdown, get a stop and get the ball back, score again, and then leave them time to where you have to get a stop again. What a great job by our team, coaches, everybody not panicking, staying under control and making the plays we needed to win the game.”
When A&M was backed up to its 1, Manziel didn’t throw in the towel but sounded like he wasn’t far from it.
“Man, we’re in trouble. We’re in real trouble. We snuck away with me having the ball out of the end zone and not getting touched down for a safety. That would have probably been it right there. We were at the lowest point we could be in that game, so much to overcome if we wanted to win that game. For all of us to come together and do that was awesome.”