Texas A&M 52, Duke 48
ABOUT THE comeback...
• The Aggies’ rally from 21 points down ranks as the largest comeback in school history. It eclipsed a 20-point rally from a 27-7 deficit against Baylor in 1958 (Aggies won 33-27). The Aggies went into halftime with a 38-17 deficit and Duke was receiving the opening kickoff of the second half.
Deficit Score Opp., Year Final
-21 38-17 Duke, 2013 W, 52-48
-20 7-27 Baylor, 1958 W, 33-27
-17 0-17 Oklahoma St., 2007 W, 24-24
-17 0-17 Baylor, 1986 W, 31-30
-15 12-27 Kansas St., 1998 W, 36-33 ot
-15 7-22 Oklahoma St., 1997 W, 28-25 ot
ABOUT THE WIN ...
• The Aggies won bowl games in three successive seasons for the first time in school history.
• It was the first time that Texas A&M has won three bowls in a row since a three-game streak comprised of wins in the 1978 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1981 Independence Bowl and the 1986 Cotton Bowl.
• The win was the 20th of the Kevin Sumlin era. It was the seventh time that Texas A&M has won 20 or more games in a two-game span. No other head coach has more than 18 wins in his first two seasons at Texas A&M.
• It’s the first time A&M has had consecutive seasons with at least nine wins since 1997-98. It was the 22nd time A&M has had at least nine wins in a season.
Manziel takes down Tannehill
Record-setting QB Johnny Manziel took down the season school record of 3,744 passing yards set by Ryan Tannehill in 2011. Manziel needed 13 passing yards to break the record and did it on his first completion of the game -- a 15-yarder to Mike Evans.
Kaser takes down Lechler
Sophomore punter Drew Kaser wasn’t credited with a punt (punt blocks are credited to “team”) and thus ended 2013 with a 47.4 average that breaks Shane Lechler’s school record of 47.0 from 1997.
Manziel just shy of 10,000
Johnny Manziel needed 466 total yards to become the first sophomore with 10,000 career yards. He finished just 11 yards shy of 10,000 with 455 yards against Duke. After his sophomore years (26 games), Manziel has 9,989 total yards, which is the most-ever by a sophomore.
In two bowl games, Manziel has generated 971 yards, nine touchdowns and two wins.
Texas A&M bowl recordS
• Senior WR Travis Labhart set the A&M bowl record with three touchdown catches (old record of two by Jimmie Williams in the 1981 Independence Bowl). He also tied the game TDs record of three, which has been done four times previously (most recently by Ja’Mar Toombs in the 2000 Independence Bowl).
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel set A&M bowl records for completions (30) and passing yards (382), breaking Jerrod Johnson’s bowl records of 29 and 362 from the 2009 Independence Bowl.
records challenged or broken
• The Aggies passed for 382 yards to bring their season total to 4,593, which breaks the school (4,114, 2012) and SEC record (4,534 by Florida, 1998).
• The Aggies fell just a yard shy of gaining 7,000 for a second straight season with 6,999 total yards. A&M’s 2013 total ranks No. 2 in SEC history behind last year’s 7,261 yards.
• With 30 first downs against Duke, the Aggies improved their season total to 356, which was one short of the SEC record of 357 set by the Aggies in 2012.
• The 30-of-38 passing night by Johnny Manziel raised the Aggies’ season completion percentage to a school record 69.3, which is a school record and ranks No. 3 in SEC history.
• The 52 points scored by the Aggies raised the season total of 575, which was just three points behind last year’s school record of 578. A&M’s points per game was 44.2, which is No. 4 in SEC history (No. 2 in school history).
• A&M finished the year with 78 touchdowns, which ties the school record set originally the 2012 squad and ranks No. 2 in SEC history.
12th MAN, POLO, CAPTAINS, COIN TOSS
• For the 13th straight game, sophomore defensive back Sam Moeller was the 12th Man.
• Wearing the #90 jersey in memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu was junior gavin stansbury (normally wears #72). Manukainiu died in a tragic car accident last summer.
• The Aggies’ team captains at the coin toss were senior captains Toney Hurd Jr., Ben Malena and Jake Matthews. Texas A&M won the toss and elected to receive.
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