What a difference a year–and a coach–makes.
The Auburn Tigers finished 3-9 last season before making a change to Gus Malzahn at head coach, now they’re 6-1 and have just defeated the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on the road in Kyle Field, 45-41.
Both QB Nick Marshall (100) and RB Tre Mason (178) had 100-yard afternoons and Marshall added in 236 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-23 passing to lead the Tigers toward one of the biggest upsets of the season thus far.
Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel out on yet another show, throwing for 454 yards and four touchdowns and scampering on the ground for 48, but it wasn’t enough, especially in the end.
After Auburn took the 45-41 lead on a five-yard Mason scoring run, Manziel and the Aggies were left with just about a minute on the clock to save themselves from defeat. The ensuing kick return placed A&M at their own 34 yard line, and they were able to drive the ball into Auburn territory, but the drive ended in the Tigers sacking Manziel who was left with no timeouts, thus ending the contest.
But, putting winners and losers aside, A&M receiver Mike Evans again proved that he’s unquestionably the best wideout in the country. This time, Evans finished up with 287 yards on 11 catches and four touchdowns. With each passing week, this young man keeps beefing up his future bank account.