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Duke shocking Texas A&M at the half

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Johnny Manziel has his work cut out for him.

Duke played about as perfect a half of football as a team can play and took a 38-17 lead into the half against Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Simply put, the Aggies defense could not stop Duke, which scored on all six of its drives while piling up 365 yards of offense and 17 first downs. Quarterback Anthony Boone was sharp, completing 13 of 17 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

A&M moved the ball well on offense, too, with Manziel passing for 199 yards and rushing for 45, but the Aggies missed a field goal, punted once and couldn’t recover an onside kick and that was the difference in the game.

We’ve seen Johnny Football come back from these kinds of deficits before, but he’s going to need some help from his defense. Otherwise, he could find himself leaving College Station on a three-game losing streak.

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12 Responses to “Duke shocking Texas A&M at the half”
  1. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:06 PM

    Quite possibly the worst SEC defense ever.

  2. cometkazie says: Dec 31, 2013 10:07 PM

    I quit watching when the too verbose announcers started referring to Manziel as “Johnny.”

    Duke looks ready, aTm not.

  3. canetic says: Dec 31, 2013 10:13 PM

    Auburn 45, Tex A&M 41

    FSU 45, Duke 7

    Uh oh, SEC

  4. jdbaker01 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:31 PM

    Why do people think Sumlin is a good coach? He’s terrible, and his best players werent even his recruits but shermans.

  5. cometkazie says: Dec 31, 2013 10:38 PM

    JDB, I was thinking the same thing.

    After all, they were fourth in their division.

    Why the hoopla?

    Shoulda had Duke play the Ducks and aTm that other mediocre Texas team.

  6. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Dec 31, 2013 10:53 PM

    Man, SEC defenses are so great and invincible

  7. themagicfanguy says: Dec 31, 2013 11:46 PM

    Man… Y’all look kind of dumb now.

  8. boomgrounder says: Jan 1, 2014 12:43 AM

    THATS why they call him Johnny Football!

  9. waynefontes says: Jan 1, 2014 1:14 AM

    babyfarkmcgeezax says:
    Dec 31, 2013 10:53 PM
    Man, SEC champions are so great and invincible
    ————————————————–

    Fixed it for you. I hope you find better material for 2014. The SEC has been the most dominant conference in college football for many years.

    No conference will ever come even close to what the SEC has accomplished over this streak. Five different schools have been BCS champions, four different schools in the last seven years.

    A&M has an AWFUL defense. But you seem like the type to bash SEC offenses when it’s a 10-7 game, or bash SEC defenses when it’s 45-42.

    Your school stinks, whatever conference your team plays in is a joke. Which is why you have to bash the SEC.

    Fortunately, your whining goes great with cheese as the SEC celebrates another banner year.

    Maybe one day your school will amount to something, and your conference may be anywhere close to the best in college football.

    Happy New Year!

  10. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 1, 2014 1:22 AM

    babyfarkmcgeezax wrote on: Dec 31, 2013 10:53 PM

    “Man, SEC defenses are so great and invincible.”
    ___________________________________
    A simple series of questions,

    Did the SEC team win or lose ?,
    Did the SEC team turn the ball over?,
    Did the SEC team score points off the turnovers?

    It’s known as adjustments.

    Ole Miss wins,
    Mississippi State wins,
    Texas A&M wins,

    You play who you play.

    Proud of all three teams, seven more games to go for the SEC.

    RTR

  11. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 1, 2014 2:44 AM

    Man, SEC defenses are so great and invincible. 48 points to Duke? So dominant. One singular team from the SEC won the national title each of the last few years, congrats Mississippi State and Ole Miss fans, that was all you

  12. cometkazie says: Jan 1, 2014 7:38 AM

    Well said, Wayne and Amos.

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