'Johnny Football' is the real deal; Hogs play well, but fall short against Aggies

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — I got the privilege to see last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Saturday night when his Aggies came to Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium to meet the homestanding Arkansas Razorbacks.Yes, “Johnny Football” did talk a little trash, but he always seems to be able to back it up — kind of like a famous basketball player I've always liked, Larry Bird, who I thought was cocky but could always back it up.The Razorbacks (3-2 overall, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play) could not stop Manziel, except for one sack which went to the Arkansas duo of defensive ends Chris Smith and Deatrich Wise Jr. in the second quarter on the ensuing drive by the Aggies (4-1, 1-1) right after the Hogs had cut the deficit to 24-17.For the most part, Manziel was elusive and made things happen.For the game, Manziel was 23-of-30 for 261 yards and two TDs, while rushing — which he did rather well, too — for 59 yards on nine carries.“They have a special player,” first-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. “Johnny (Manziel) is a great player and competitor. He made some things happen. When it was second and third down, and we knew he was going to throw, some of our guys literally couldn't tackle that guy.”