College Football Saturday started of with a bang on Saturday August 31, but by the looks of things, this season can end in a whimper. After sitting out the first half of the Rice game, Johnny Manziel lit up the second half with three touchdown passes. He completed 6-8 passes for 94 yards. Manziel also added 6 carries for 17 yards.
Texas A&M won 52-31 over Rice in what was a very exciting game. Matt Joeckel played a nice first half and finished with 190 yards passing and one touchdown. Still, the offense is much more dynamic with Johnny Manziel on the field.
Defensively, the Aggies have a lot of work to do. First, they need their suspended players back and then we may see the true depth of the defense. They gave up 21 points in the first half.
Even with all the first half fireworks, this day was all about Johnny Football. Let’s be clear, Johnny Manziel will be a lightning rod all year long. The microscope on this guy will be intense. Every move he makes will be scrutinized by people and video tape. After Johnny Manziel’s third touchdown pass to Mike Evans, he received an unsportsmanlike penalty for what can be deemed taunting.
The sloppy fourth quarter continued for Texas A&M when Daeshon Hall was ejected for fighting in the trenches. As soon as the ejection happened, the announcers attempted to blame Manziel. Here’s the funny part. Right before the Hall ejection, the same announcers said Johnny Manziel has to be responsible for his own actions. Basically, pundits are saying Johnny Manziel is responsible for everybody’s actions. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Now that's a double standard.
Later on Rice’s final drive of the game, Deshazor Everett was ejected for targeting. After being suspended for the first half today, he will be suspended for the first half next week. The targeting rule is a bad rule enforced by bad officials. It’s going to ruin the game and it’s going to ruin specific games.
As this was being written, an Oregon player, Terrence Mitchell has just been ejected because the quarterback slid. It’s a horrible rule and the college game is ruined. The Nicholls State quarterback put himself in that position. Good thing Oregon scored 24 first quarter points.