Texas A&M vs. Alabama: Johnny Manziel Just Won the Heisman Trophy

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Texas A&M vs. Alabama: Johnny Manziel Just Won the Heisman Trophy
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With all due respect to Collin Klein, Manti Te'o and Braxton Miller, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel just won the Heisman Trophy.

All the Alabama Crimson Tide—along with the rest of the country—could do was sit back, watch and appreciate the brilliance of the talented quarterback.

The Aggies knocked off the Crimson Tide on Saturday night in dramatic fashion, coming away with a 29-24 victory.

While this was not a coming-out party for the freshman quarterback, it was his best performance of the season under the circumstances, and it vaulted him to the top of the Heisman race.

Manziel finished the game 24-of-31 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 18 times for 92 yards.

He spent most of the day eluding the Alabama pass rush and keeping plays alive with his feet. Very few quarterbacks could have done what he did on this late Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

The most dramatic of all the plays came midway through the fourth quarter when he scrambled and hit Malcome Kennedy with a 24-yard touchdown to put the Aggies up 29-17.

There was talk leading up to the game that Manziel had not done much against upper-echelon competition, but he certainly proved himself on the road in a very tough environment.

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Over nearly two seasons, the Alabama defense has been the best unit in the country. It was exposed tonight for the first time since the 2010 Iron Bowl, when Auburn quarterback Cam Newton had his way with them.

In that game, Newton threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one score in what was the biggest comeback in Auburn football history.

Newton single-handedly beat Alabama in that game, and Manziel is the first player to do that since Newton.

The Alabama loss to LSU last season had nothing to do with a single player and everything to do with the Tide shooting themselves in the foot.

While beating Alabama does not automatically warrant Heisman consideration, with the kind of season Manziel has had, it was all he needed to put himself at the head of the race. 

He has now passed for 18 touchdowns on the season with only six interceptions. He also has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 scores.

Those are gaudy numbers in any conference, but playing against top-notch SEC defenses, it is hard to argue that Manziel is anything but the Heisman front-runner.

There is still a long way to go, but with the remaining opponents on the Texas A&M schedule (Sam Houston State and Missouri), Manziel should put up some huge numbers the final two games of the season.

If he does that, the Heisman is his for the taking.

Anybody who watched him knock off the Crimson Tide would have to agree.

 

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