Manziel's leads Texas A&M back over Duke in Chick-fil-A Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2014 at 2:46 am •  Published: January 1, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — If this was Johnny Manziel's last college game he lived up to his nickname.

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.

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.

"I was in a zone I haven't been in before," Manziel said. "Ever. I just wanted this game."

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.

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.

Duke's Anthony Boone passed for 427 yards and three touchdowns but was left to regret the two interceptions, especially Hurd's.



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