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Johnny Manziel, Josh Evans
Johnny Manziel, Josh Evans

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) rushes for a first down as Florida defensive back Josh Evans (9) hits him during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M begins a new era with its first Southeastern Conference game after leaving the Big 12 Conference. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Published: Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 8:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 8:32 p.m.

Best indication Texas A&M is new to the SEC

If you have ever been to an SEC campus and couldn't find your parking lot, you'll understand this. Because everyone working around Kyle Field knew exactly where each parking lot was located. There were no incidents and the A&M fans actually were friendly to Gator fans. Also, one major plus for College Station — a lot of girls in sundresses and cowboy boots.

Worst penalty

There were only a couple to choose from, but midway through the second quarter, Johnny Manziel threw an incompletion in the corner of the end zone. Third-and-1, right? Gators need a stop, right? Oops, half the distance to the goal penalty and an automatic first down because Lerentee McCray blasted Manziel in the back long after the pass had left his hand.

Best line

The official attendance was 87,114 at Kyle Field. The internal public address announcer told the media it was the ninth best in the history of the stadium and “the largest SEC crowd ever.”

That drew a chuckle from the media boys and girls.

Worst tradition

They love it and a lot of people get a kick out of the swaying that the fans do before the game and in the third quarter. But they're not sitting in the press box feeling like it's coming down. Actually, if you assume nothing bad is going to happen, it's kind of like a thrill ride at Disney World.

Play of the game

Early in the fourth quarter with Florida trailing 17-13, the Gators took over on a punt at their own 37. On the first play of the series, Jeff Driskel found receiver Omarius Hines open behind the defense for a 39-yard gain to set up the game-winning touchdown. It was especially sweet for Hines, who is from Corsicana, Texas. “I had about 50 people at the game,” Hines said. “I saw the pass coming I thought, ‘Catch the ball.' It was amazing.”

Stat of the game

The biggest turnaround in the game was how Florida's defense played. In the first half, the Gators struggled to contain talented redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Aggies ran up 269 yards and 18 first downs. In the second half, Florida allowed only 65 yards and three first downs. UF coach Will Muschamp said, “It was just a matter of the players listening to what they were supposed to do.”

What's up with that?

On Texas A&M's first drive of the game, Manziel threw a touchdown pass but he was three yards over the line of scrimmage. As the Aggies lined up for a 27-yard field goal, the cannon behind the bleachers in the south end zone fired. It was either too early or too late.

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