Arkansas vs. Texas A&M: Top Performers


JOHNNY MANZIEL

The redshirt freshman set school records for passing and total offense just four games deep in a career with a big day against the Razorbacks. He was 29 of 38 passing for 453 yards and three touchdowns, plus 104 yards rushing and another score for good measure. His passing yardage surpassed 449 by Ryan Tanneyhill against Texas Tech in 2010 and his 557 yards total offense put him ahead of Jerrod Johnson’s 487 yards against Kansas State in 2008.

Manziel entered the Arkansas game tied for second in the country for points responsibility, averaging 24 per game. The leader was Geno Smith of West Virginia, averaging 26 per game. Manziel played in only nine of 12 quarters leading up to the Arkansas game, sitting out the second half a week earlier against South Carolina State, and not playing in the fourth quarter against SMU. In the two games before Saturday, Manziel was responsible for 11 touchdowns, four on the ground and seven by air.

TYLER WILSON

Tyler Wilson threw for 373 yards in a losing effort Saturday. The senior was 29 of 59 with two interceptions. Eleven of his completions went to Cobi Hamilton, including one good for 44 yards. His longest pass was a 64-yarder to Knile Davis that resulted in a touchdown.

On Arkansas’ drive that resulted in a field goal late in the first quarter, Wilson moved into a tie for sixth on the Razorbacks’ all-time career pass attempts list with 644.

Wilson went into the A&M game averaging 7.52 yards of total offense per play, good enough for second place among active players in the nation and tops in the Southeastern Conference. He owns 11 school records and ranks in the top 10 in school history in career touchdowns (40) and several other categories. The team captain and leader passed for 419 yards in the loss to Rutgers and holds the school record for passing yards in a game with 510 a year ago in a comeback victory over the Aggies.

RYAN SWOPE

Swope is three short of the 200 mark for career receptions, but not reaching that milestone was secondary to his performance against Arkansas on Saturday. He had five receptions, including one for 80 yards and a touchdown. His five receptions were good for 141 yards.

At the beginning of the season only five SEC receivers had ever caught 200 passes or more. Jarius Wright, who finished his eligibility at Arkansas last year, holds the career receptions record at Arkansas with 168.

DENNIS JOHNSON

Johnson broke the SEC record for career kickoff returns following A&M’s first-quarter touchdown. The 31-yard return gave him 2,730, breaking the previous record of 2,718, held by Brandon James of Florida, who played from 2006-09.

Johnson entered the game in second place in the country among active players for career touchdowns on kickoff returns with three. He also was third among active players in the NCAA in all-purpose yards with 4,476. Johnson averaged 6.32 yards per carry to lead the SEC last season among rushers with at least 100 carries. He entered the A&M game with a 6.72 average on 22 carries and had five for 22 vs. the Aggies.

COBI HAMILTON

The senior wide receiver from Texarkana had 11 receptions for 162 yards against Texas A&M, but was kept out of the end zone. His longest reception was good for 44 yards. His average of 18.6 yards per catch will come down slightly after averaging 14.7 against A&M. He entered the game leading all active NCAA players in yards per receptions.