COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Football and the rest of No. 7 Texas A&M's offense look like they're ready for next week's rematch with No. 1 Alabama.
The defense might be a different story.
Johnny Manziel threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for another score in less than three quarters to give Texas A&M to a 65-28 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday.
The Heisman Trophy winner played about a quarter more than he did last week when he sat out a half serving a suspension for what the school called an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
Manziel said the support of the Aggies made the difficult period easier to deal with.
"The biggest thing that's helped probably is just being around these guys, being in this building and having my teammates and still being able to be around them," he said.
Texas A&M's suspension-depleted defense was burned for several big plays by the Bearkats.
Cornerback De'Vante Harris, linebacker Steven Jenkins and defensive end Gavin Stansbury missed the game serving the last of two game suspensions for violating team rules. Cornerback Deshazor Everett was suspended for a half for a targeting last week.
"The familiarity and the experience factor of those guys coming back will help our confidence as a defense," coach Kevin Sumlin said.
No. 9 LSU takes flight
BATON ROUGE, La. — Apparently, new LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is doing something right. Zach Mettenberger's single-game school record five touchdown passes against Alabama-Birmingham attested to that.
Three of Mettenberger's touchdowns went to Odell Beckham Jr., who also returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a score, and the Tigers overwhelmed UAB 56-17.
Beckham, who also returned a punt 60 yards to set up Kenny Hilliard's 1-yard TD run, finished with 331 all-purpose yards. Mettenberger was 16 of 19 for 282 yards and was not intercepted.
MissouRI 38, Toledo 23: Defying the game plan, James Franklin led the way with his legs, making crucial plays on consecutive scoring drives in the second half to pull the Tigers out of danger against Toledo. He finished with a team-leading 77 yards on 17 carries. Missouri led 24-23 when Franklin's 21-yard keeper set up Henry Josey's second 1-yard TD run to end the third quarter. On the next possession, Franklin had four carries in a span of five plays, including a 6-yard carry on fourth and 3 and an 11-yard gain on third and 9 to set up Marcus Murphy's 8-yard run.
Miss. St. 51, Alcorn St. 7: Dak Prescott threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a score as the host Bulldogs built a huge halftime lead. "We got in a rhythm, we were comfortable and everybody did a good job," Prescott said. "Everybody did their 1/11th out there." Mississippi State didn't use several regular starters, including quarterback Tyler Russell, who suffered a concussion in a loss to Oklahoma State. It didn't matter. The Bulldogs led 21-0 by early in the second quarter and 37-0 by halftime.
Tenn. 52, W. Ky. 20: Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton returned interceptions for touchdowns as the host Vols scored after each of the Hilltoppers' five first-quarter turnovers. Those five turnovers came in a span of six snaps by Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers finished with seven turnovers, including five interceptions by quarterback Brandon Doughty, who was picked off by Brian Randolph twice in the end zone. Western Kentucky's flurry of turnovers turned a 3-0 lead into a 31-3 deficit. "I've never ever been associated with anything like that," Vols coach Butch Jones said.
KY. 41, Miami (Ohio) 7: Maxwell Smith threw for 310 yards and three long touchdowns, and Jalen Whitlow added 103 yards passing and 48 yards rushing as Wildcats coach Mark Stoops freely alternated his quarterbacks. Of Kentucky's five first-half scoring drives, the only one with just one QB was when Smith threw a 48-yard TD to Jonathan George on the first play.
Vandy 38, Austin Peay 3: Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the host Commodores pulled away with touchdowns on four straight possessions. Carta-Samuels, making his third career start, had a 1-yard TD run in the second. Later in the quarter, he connected with Jordan Matthews on a 39-yard TD. Vanderbilt has scored at least 35 in its last five games. Carta-Samuels finished 14-for-22 for 223 yards.
Ark. 31, Samford 21: Quarterback Brandon Allen threw for two touchdowns and freshman running backs Alex Collins (172 yards) and Jonathan Williams (126 yards) helped the host Razorbacks overcome a third-quarter 21-17 deficit. Williams scored on a 1-yard run to give Arkansas a 24-21 lead with 13:38 left in the fourth quarter. Collins put the game away with a 2-yard run.
Miss. 31, SE Missou 13: Quarterbacks Bo Wallace and Barry Brunetti directed the host Rebels to a 31-point outburst in a 20-minute span in the first half. The Rebels scored on five consecutive series, highlighted by touchdown passes of 64 and 67 yards from Wallace to Evan Engram and Donte Moncrief, respectively.
Auburn 38, Ark. St. 9: Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 102 yards, Tre Mason gained 99 and Nick Marshall passed for 147 yards and two touchdowns for the host Tigers, who halted Arkansas State's nine-game winning streak by rushing for 301 yards.