ATLANTA (AP) — Duke will need a better result in its second straight game against a Heisman Trophy winner if it is to come away with its first bowl victory in more than 50 years.
It already has been a memorable season for No. 22 Duke. The Blue Devils won 10 games for the first time and are coming off their first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
On Tuesday night, they play Johnny Manziel and No. 20 Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. This is the first time Duke will be in back-to-back bowl games.
Duke will be facing the 2012 Heisman winner in Manziel after falling to 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston and Florida State in the ACC title game.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Manziel poses a "very unique challenge, to say the least."
"They're extremely efficient offensively and well-coached," Cutcliffe said Saturday. "Then you throw in his ability to create. I've been doing this a long time. I don't think I've ever seen anybody ad-lib on the field better. So the things that concern you are giving up explosive plays when you seemingly have a play defended."
Duke's last postseason victory came against Arkansas in the 1961 Cotton Bowl.
According to STATS, Duke (10-3) is the first team to play Heisman winners in consecutive games in three years. In 2010, Louisiana State faced Alabama's Mark Ingram (2009) and Auburn's Cam Newton (2010) in two straight games.
The Blue Devils were overwhelmed in their 45-7 loss to Winston and Florida State on Dec. 7. Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in the runaway win.
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The bowl game could be the end of Manziel's college career. The third-year sophomore could enter the NFL draft.
Manziel led the Southeastern Conference in total yards with 3,732 passing and 686 on the ground. He accounted for 41 touchdowns, including 33 through the air. He improved his completion percentage and passing yards from his Heisman-winning season, but the Aggies' 8-4 record helped push him down to fifth in this year's voting.