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Quotes, Notes & Video: Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38

October 13, 2013

A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

On the game vs. last year’s game…
“It’s a little bit different. It was a heck of a game, here a year ago then the game here this year. Hugh Freeze does a good job. He’s got a talented group of guys and they play with a lot of pride. Both teams didn’t always do everything right. It was great efforts by both sides.
Somebody has to win. Fortunately it was us.”

On kicker Josh Lambo…
“We’ve had some issues with place kicking and made some tough decisions. He is a great
example to our team and other guys. Here is a guy a year ago who nobody knew his name, and he came in and helped us as a walk-on. He is an excellent example for our program. He kept fighting and worked hard to play, and the best players are going to play. I was happy for the team and I was particularly happy for him because of what he has gone through and his particular situation. It was a pressure situation for him to be in.”

On what went through his mind when Johnny Manziel went down…
“Just like any other player that goes down, I am concerned about them. This has happened
before and we have talked about it. I didn’t see what happened but we communicated about it and he said he was ready to go back in.”

On play of defense…
“I thought the first half we gave up one big play. A little bit different story in the second half.
They made some adjustments in the third quarter, but we just made enough plays in the fourth to win. It’s about third-down conversions. We were 8-of-13 and they were 6-of-14. Also, we won the time of possession.”

K Josh Lambo

On the opportunity to score the winning field goal…
“Surprisingly enough, I really wasn’t that nervous. It feels so great, not to kick the game-winning field goal, but to do something to help my teammates and reward their effort. They’re the guys that are out there getting beat up and getting knocked down and tackling people, making big plays. Just the fact that I got to do anything to help that out, that was the best part about it.”

On the last drive…
“I was over in my own corner, I was in my own world. I was kicking it in the net, trying to make clean contact, making sure my tempo to the ball was good. It was great to do what needed to be done.”

On the way Manziel played…
“Johnny’s a beast. Week in and week out we can expect greatness from him. It’s so awesome to be part of a team that he gets to lead.”

WR Travis Labhart

On Ole Miss taking the lead toward the end…
“I remember sitting with Johnny over on the bench, and we just started laughing when they
scored. Not because they aren’t a good team, but because we knew we had to score again. We knew it was going to be a shootout. But I don’t think we were ever worried. We always know that when we go out we have to score. That’s our job, and we can’t let their defense dictate how well we play.”

On catching passes and making plays with Johnny Manziel…
“We were meshing. I think that comes from having confidence in me. Back when he was a scout team player, we were on scout teams together. It was fun because we always found each other. So I think we just happened to carry it on to a real game. That’s where it came from, we just meshed, and he found me.”

Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze

On the game…
“Obviously we are very disappointed for our kids. They fought their guts out and played their
hearts out against a very good football team, and had their chances to win. It really boils down to we had a chance to make some plays and didn’t and they did. There were a lot of things that could have happened but didn’t. We were so short-handed that we couldn’t go with a lot of our defensive packages. We really only had one option there at the end.

“I couldn’t tell you how many folks were down on the defensive side. It was so many that we couldn’t go into our 'money' or 'dime' packages. Again, I am very proud of our kids. It’s disappointing, and we have to get one of these to go our way. We have to get them back for another difficult test next Saturday night.”

On Serderius Bryant…
“We haven’t heard. When I got out there, he had been knocked out. If that’s the case, you’re
not really sure what the injury is. It looked like he had some movement to me. We’re hopeful
and we’ll be praying for him.”

On last offensive drive…
“The first play was a run-pass option. We could second guess all of it, but the next play we had a guy wide open and it hit him in the chest. You have to make plays.”

On  Bo Wallace remains starting quarterback…
“I think so. The game was on the line and he made a nice throw on the run-pass option. The
next one was a strike. Barry (Brunetti) did some nice things also.”

On injuries on defense…
“Mike Hilton was out. Robert Nkemdiche was out. Bird (Serderius Bryant) of course. Issac (Gross) was hurting, plus we already had CJ (Johnson) out. We’ve taken some hits there.”

On dropped passes…
“I don’t know if they are trying too hard and pressing, but we certainly had some of those that hurt us. We need every third down conversion and every first down we can get. We have to convert those.”

On game plan…
“I thought the plan we had worked and gave us a chance. We want to formulate a plan that
gives us a chance in the fourth quarter to win the football game. We had the ball and had a
chance. We didn’t get it done.”

On targeting penalty…
“I don’t like it at all. It just doesn’t feel right if they say it wasn’t targeting for us to lose 30
yards. I thought there were some calls at the end that could have gone in our favor but didn’t. I’m not in favor of them saying it wasn’t and still getting penalized, but nobody is. It will certainly be revisited after the year. I understand what they are trying to do by protecting players, but it sure doesn’t feel good when it happens to you.”

FS Cody Prewitt

On tonight…
“It was a tough loss, but we have to fight through it and come back stronger next week against LSU.”

On LSU...
“They are a good team we have to be prepared for a battle, but we will be ready.”

HB Jaylen Walton

On tonight…
“We have to keep fighting, be tough and play a full 60-minute game.”

“LSU is a big rival coming in, so we have to get back to the drawing board, come up with some good schemes, and play hard all 60 minutes.”

QB Barry Brunetti

On passing touchdowns…
“They were plays that we had been working on all week, and they worked well. They have been in the playbook the whole season but this week we just used them a lot more in practice.”

On touchdown to Evan Engram…
“It was a play for Evan Engram, but once I saw the safeties come up and he was wide open I was able to get it to him.”

On remaining schedule…
“We have a tough game next week with LSU, but we also have a lot of games down the stretch and have a lot of football left to play. We still have a whole lot to play for.”

Post-game notes

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About the win
* The Aggies improved to 5-1 and 2-1 against the SEC with the 41-38 victory.

* The Aggies are now 6-0 all-time against Ole Miss.

*A&M improved to 6-0 in SEC road games.

* It was A&M’s 697th victory in program history.

10th straight road win

* The Aggies matched the longest road winning streak in school history with their 10th straight win away from Kyle Field. The record was originally set in 1939-40.

* Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s personal road winningest streak stretched to 15 straight. Sumlin hasn’t lost a game on the road since the final game of 2010 when his UH squad fell to Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.

Another 40-point game
* The game-winning FG by junior PK Josh Lambo gave the Aggies 41 points for the game. It stretched A&M’s streak of 40-point scoring game to nine, which is the longest current streak in FBS.

* It was the first game-winning field goal for Lambo, who won the starting placekicker job two games ago. Lambo joined the Aggies as a walkon last year, and was former first-round Major League Soccer selection of FC Dallas in 2008.

300/100 game for Manziel
* Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel posted the fourth 300 pass/100 rush game of his career agains the Rebels with 346 passing yards and 113 rushing yards. It is the most by any player in FBS history.

* Sophomore WR Mike Evans has had at least one 20-yard catch in 17-of-19 career games, and at least two catches in every game of his career.

* Senior LB Steven Jenkins matched his career high with 13 tackles.

* Sophomore CB De’Vante Harris had his first double-digit tackle game with 10 solo stops vs. Ole Miss.

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Labhart goes off
* Senior WR Travis Labhart exploded for a career-high eight catches for 97 yards.

* Labhart walked on to the Aggie football team two years ago after serving a stint on the male practice squad for Gary Blair’s 2011 NCAA Champion women’s basketball team.
He was granted a scholarship during fall camp earlier this year.

* His younger sister, Katelyn, is a freshman on Laurie Corbelli’s Aggie volleyball team.

Manziel hits 7,000
* Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel eclipsed the 7,000-yard barrier in total offense in his 19th career game, which is the fastest in NCAA FBS history by a four-year player.

* Manziel accounted for 459 total yards against the Rebels (346 passing, 113 rushing). He has eclipsed the 300-yard plateau in total offense in 16-of-19 career games. It was the ninth 400-yard offensive output of his career.

* Manziel passed for 346 yards, which marked the seventh 300-yard passing game of his career.

Fast starters
* The Aggies took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards for a touchdown on a 7-yard Ben Malena run.

* In Kevin Sumlin’s 19 games as Aggie head coach, the Aggies have scored on their first drive of the game 16 times, with 15 touchdowns.

* It was the Aggies’ fifth straight game with a TD on their initial offensive series.
A&M has scored first in 18-of-19 games under Sumlin.

* Defensively, the Aggies forced a turnover on downs by the Rebels. It was the 13th time in 19 games under defensive coordinator Mark Snyder that the Aggies have forced a punt, turnover or turnover on downs on the opponent’s first drive of the game.

Hitting 3,000 in six
* The Aggies hit 3,000 total yards in the sixth game of the season for the second straight year, which is the fastest in school history.

12th Man, Polo, captains
* For the sixth straight game, sophomore defensive back Sam Moeller was the 12th Man.

* Wearing the #90 jersey in memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu was junior DT Ivan Robinson (normally wears #89). Manukainiu died in a tragic car accident last summer.

* The Aggies’ team captain representatives at the coin toss were seniors Ben Malena, Toney Hurd Jr. and Jake Matthews. Assisting the Aggies at the coin toss was Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is a Texas A&M graduate. Ole Miss won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half.
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Happy and proud for Lambo! First pressure kick and he came through!
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