Atlanta, Ga. -- Last night’s epic battle between #21 Texas A&M and #24 Duke featured more than an incredible Johnny Manziel-led comeback and 52-48 win for the Aggies.
The amazing offensive output showcased by both teams set or tied Chick-fil-A Bowl records in 20 categories including points scored, total offense and first downs.
Also of note: the evening of offensive fireworks included no punts from Duke and just one punt attempt from Texas A&M, which was partially blocked by the Blue Devils.
Texas A&M’s victory for the SEC ties the rivalry series against the ACC at 11 games apiece since the two conferences have been matched in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (1992). That seems a fitting way to end the guaranteed ACC-SEC matchup in a bowl known for competitive games before the Chick-fil-A Bowl joins the College Football Playoff next season. Over its 46-year history, 57% (26 of 46) of Chick-fil-A Bowl games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
The complete list of new Bowl records includes:
o Total points scored: 100, Texas A&M 52 vs. Duke 48
o Most yards total offense: 1202, Texas A&M 541 vs. Duke 661
o Most net yards passing: 809, Duke 427 vs. Texas A&M 382
o Most first downs: 59, Texas A&M 30 vs. Duke 29
o Most passes completed: 59, Texas A&M 30 vs. Duke 29
o Fewest fumbles: 1 (tie), Texas A&M vs. Duke 1
o Fewest fumbles lost: 0 (tie), Texas A&M 0 vs. Duke 0
o Total points scored: 52, Texas A&M
o Most points by losing team: 48, Duke
o Most points in a half: 38 (tie), Duke
o Most net yards total offense: 661, Duke
o Most first downs passing: 20 (tie), Texas A&M
o Most touchdowns passing: 4 (tie), Texas A&M
o Most points scored: 18 (tie), Travis Labhart, Texas A&M
o Most touchdowns scored: 3 (tie), Travis Labhart, Texas A&M
o Most touchdown passes: 4 (tie), Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
o Most touchdown passes caught: 3, Travis Labhart, Texas A&M
o Longest interception return: 55 yards, Toney Hurd, Jr, Texas A&M
o Most return yards, interceptions: 55 yards, Toney Hurd, Jr, Texas A&M
o Most conversions kicking: 7 (tie), Josh Lambo, Texas A&M