Prescott's Twitter profile had three pictures of him and his mother, the biggest one featuring him kissing her bald head as she smiled broadly. Before the game he tweeted: "I Live for you, I Play for you (hash)MOM."

"Obviously to go through what he had to go through and come out and perform, I'm just proud of him," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said, his voice cracking. "He's an amazing young man beyond being a football player, a man that most parents would be proud if their kids grew up that way."

Manziel was intercepted three times, twice by Jamerson Love. The turnovers helped keep Mississippi State close, but the Bulldogs couldn't keep up.

"He made enough plays for us to win -- made some big plays," Sumlin said of Manziel. "I'm sure there's a couple of them I know he'd like to have back. He had five touchdowns, for most people that's pretty good."

Manziel evaded the rush and connected with Kennedy for a 21-yard touchdown to extend Texas A&M's lead to 30-14 in the third quarter.

Manziel had a highlight-reel play on A&M's next drive when he did a nifty spin move to avoid a defender before dashing away and Derel Walker for a 26-yard gain on third-and-25. But Manziel's third interception came two plays later when Nickoe Whitley picked him off inside the 5.

No matter. Johnny Football left them happy as usual at Kyle Field.