Aggies get the bowl win
There is no way that New Year’s Eve vs Duke should be Johnny Manziel’s last football game in the NCAA. No way. No how, no where, whatever you want to cal it. He isn’t done yet, he can’t be.
What he did on New Year’s Eve game shows that he has what it takes to absolutely destroy the NCAA next year.
The guy nicknamed ‘Johnny Football’ made it a really good New Year’s after it looked like his Texas A&M Aggies were done long before the game reached halftime.
Everybody seems to think that this is the perfect way for Manziel to exit the college ranks and finally join the pro ranks.
I don’t think so.
If what he did vs Duke is any indication of what we know he can do, and by this point, we all know he can do it, the possibility of winning an SEC championships with those teammates and coaches whom he claimed on national TV on New Year’s Eve that he loves them all, there is no way in hell he should leave now.
“I can’t even think about anything other than this game right now,” he told ESPN’s Samantha Ponder in the immediate emotional aftermath of the victory. “This was unreal. I can’t even begin to sit here and tell you how proud I am of these guys. I love Texas A&M. I love my teammates. Unreal.”
There is still plenty more for Manziel and Texas A&M to win, not the least of which would include a national championship next year.
We also all know that without Manziel, there is no chance whatsoever for the A&M Aggies, also it would be one more year of maturity for the 21-year-old gunslinger.
And one last thing to think about, if Manziel were to leave school right now (end of the school year of course) then there is no going back. Why not be a massive winner that is talked about all over the country, and in Canada, for one more season?
We can all have fun debating which NFL team could most likely benefit from his experience and abilities.
Anyways, back to the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs Duke.
Johnny Football led No. 20 Texas A&M to another comeback win, 52-48 over No. 22 Duke on Tuesday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The Aggies were down 38-17 at halftime but with Manziel at the helm they came back in the highest-scoring game in the bowl’s history.
“To come back from that … wow. That’s the word I’d use to describe this game,” he said. “Unreal. It’s an NCAA instant classic.”
Playing in what might be his final college game, the 2012 Heisman trophy winner threw four touchdown passes, completed 30 of 38 passes for 382 yards and ran for 73 yards and a touchdown.
And some of his work was pure magic. Including jumping over linemen on both teams, then turning around to run to the left, and hit a wide open receiver for the touchdown that got them right back into it. Most quarterbacks just don’t have the same mobility that Manziel does.
I was in a zone I haven’t been in before,” Manziel said. “Ever. I just wanted this game.”
On second down from the Duke 17, Manziel danced and shuffled in traffic before vaulting a defender and dumping a short pass to Travis Labhart, who scored easily for his third touchdown of the game.
“It looked like we had him down three times,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “He’s just strong, so strong.”
Josh Snead ran and caught passes for touchdowns and blocked a punt to set up a scoring run by Boone as Duke dominated the first half.
Duke’s offense, led by Boone, ripped through the vulnerable Texas A&M defense. The Blue Devils gained 365 yards with no punts in the first half while building the three-touchdown lead.
In the Cotton Bowl a year ago against Oklahoma, he had 516 total yards and was responsible for four touchdowns; he had 455 yards on New Year’s Eve and was responsible for five TDs.
Was it the last college game for the third-year sophomore who is widely projected as a first-round pick if he decides to enter the NFL draft? He wasn’t ready to talk about his decision after the game.
“I can’t even talk about anything other than this game,” Manziel said. “This was unreal. … I haven’t made (the decision) yet. I’m in the moment right now.”
Asked if this would be a perfect way to cap his college career, Manziel said: “I don’t know. It’s an unreal feeling, I know that. The way these guys fought, it was unreal. I’m proud of them.”
Toney Hurd Jr. returned an interception 55 yards that gave Texas A&M (9-4) its first lead with 3:33 remaining. It was the game’s first turnover.
DOWN BIG EARLY
Duke (10-4) took a 41-31 lead into the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils couldn’t hold off the comeback and are still looking for their first bowl win since beating Arkansas 7-6 in the 1961 Cotton Bowl.
Hurd stepped in front of receiver Johnell Barnes for the interception. Texas A&M linebacker Nate Askew ended Duke’s next possession with another interception.
The Aggies were down 38-17 at halftime and the game looked over…until Johnny Football led the team to four consecutive touchdown drives.
Johnny Football took the college football world by storm a season ago by showcasing a sandlot game built on improvisational playmaking. Part of his success stemmed from his exceptional speed, quickness and movement skills. Few quarterbacks in the college game can rival his elusiveness in tight quarters, making him a rare commodity at the position.