Chick-Fil-A Bowl 2013 Duke vs. Texas A&M: Live Game Grades, Analysis for Aggies

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2013

Nov 30, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) rolls out against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas A&M defeats Duke 52-48 at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, GA. 

Final Texas A&M 52, Duke 48

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Texas A&M Aggies Game Grades
Position Unit1st Half GradesFinal Grades
Pass OffenseB+A
Run OffenseC-B
Pass DefenseD-C-
Run DefenseD+C+
Special TeamsC-C+
vs. Duke in Chick-Fil-a Bowl

First-half analysis for the Texas A&M Aggies

Pass Offense: Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel played much better in the second half because he spread out Duke's defense and found his open receivers consistently. Manziel finished the game 30-of-38 for 382 passing yards and four touchdowns. 

Run Offense: The Aggies run game improved in the second half because of improvements from the Texas A&M offensive line. The Aggies compiled 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Manziel made some elusive moves to gain extra yards. 

Pass Defense: Texas A&M got better in the second half because the secondary contained the Duke receivers. The Aggies didnt allow more huge plays, which brought them back in the game. Not to mention, two huge interceptions in the fourth made a huge difference. 

Run Defense: The Aggies' front seven put more pressure on Duke and didn't allow major runs to affect the game. Texas A&M slowed down Duke's run game, which really helped the Aggies get the ball back. The Blue Devils ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries.  

Special Teams: Texas A&M allowed a major block punt in the first half, but tightened up in the second half.

Coaching: The A&M defensive coaching staff made adjustments and slowed down a high-scoring Duke offense.  

Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries the ball past Duke Blue Devils linebacker David Helton (47) and Sydney Sarmiento (82) during the third quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Manda
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First-half analysis for the Texas A&M Aggies

Pass Offense: Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel needs to get more protection from his offensive line to make more quality throws. Give credit to Duke's secondary for sticking on the Texas A&M receivers. Manziel completed 18 of 25 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. 

Run Offense: There were not any big runs in the first half. Manziel is doing a solid job of scrambling outside of the pocket and finding open space for rushing yards. The Aggies have rushed for 79 yards on 17 carries. Texas A&M needs better run protection in the second half. 

Pass Defense: Duke's pass offense is getting exactly what they want through the first half. The Aggies need to do a better job of containing Blue Devils WR Jamison Crowder. Quarterback Anthony Boone finished the half 13-of-17 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns. 

Run Defense: There aren't many positive things to say about the Texas A&M run defense either. The Aggies haven't been able to stop Duke on 4th-and-short yardage. The coaching staff needs to make some adjustments on the run defense at halftime. 

Special Teams: A big blocked punt by the Blue Devils' special teams put themselves in great field position. Texas A&M needs a big kick return in the second half. 

Coaching: The A&M coaching staff needs to figure out a way to stop Duke's offense. Duke has scored five touchdowns and one field goal on six drives.