Manziel leads Texas A&M to bowl victory
January 2, 2014, 12:14 am TWN
ATLANTA, Georgia -- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel threw four touchdown passes, and Toney Hurd Jr. returned an interception 55 yards for the go-ahead touchdown to give the Aggies a 52-48 victory over Duke on Tuesday in college football's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
In the day's other bowl games, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley led the Bruins to a comfortable victory over Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl, Arizona had a similarly straightforward win against Boston College in the Advocare V100 Bowl, and Mississippi trounced Rice in a one-sided Liberty Bowl.
Manziel, playing in what might be his final college game before moving to the NFL, completed 30 of 38 passes for 382 yards and ran for 73 yards and a touchdown. Hurd's interception return gave the Aggies their first lead with 3:33 remaining.
Duke had led 38-17 at halftime and 41-31 entering the fourth quarter but the Blue Devils couldn't hold off the comeback and are still looking for their first bowl win since 1961.
Hurd stepped in front of receiver Johnell Barnes for the interception, the first turnover for either team. Texas A&M linebacker Nate Askew ended Duke's next possession with another interception.
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone passed for 427 yards and three touchdowns with the two interceptions.
UCLA's Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help the Bruins rout Virginia Tech 42-12 in the Sun Bowl.
The UCLA quarterback had 86- and 7-yard touchdown runs and finished with 161 yards on 10 carries. Hundley also completed 16 of 29 passes for 226 yards and two scores.
Hundley and UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt shared MVP honors. Zumwalt had 10 tackles and returned an interception 43 yards to set up a touchdown.
The Bruins outscored the Hokies 28-2 in the fourth quarter.
Arizona's B.J. Denker threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 42-13 victory over Boston College in the Advocare V100 Bowl.
Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona, which never trailed, leading 21-6 by halftime and 42-6 early in the fourth quarter. Carey had his 16th straight game with at least 100 yards rushing while Denker added a 14-yard touchdown run.
Boston College running back Andre Williams, who won the Doak Walker Award as the best collegiate running back over Carey, was held to 75 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Mississippi's Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores and the Bulldogs trounced Rice 44-7 in the most one-sided Liberty Bowl victory in the game's 55-year history.
Prescott accounted for five touchdowns to set a Liberty Bowl record. He was 17 of 28 for 283 yards and ran for 78 yards on 14 carries.
Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis caught nine passes for 220 yards to break the Liberty Bowl receiving record of 201 set by Houston's Vincent Marshall against South Carolina in 2006. Lewis also set the school single-game record.