Happy New Year!
Texas A&M and Mississippi State took care of business on New Year’s Eve, and the SEC is now 3-0 in bowl games.
Earlier today, Mississippi State throttled Rice 44-7 in the Liberty Bowl with epic performances by QB Dak Prescott and WR Jameon Lewis. Prescott combined for 361 yards and five touchdowns, while Lewis caught nine passes for 220 yards, which set a Liberty Bowl and MSU record. The best part about it? Both Prescott and Lewis return in 2014 to give MSU a much better outlook. But let’s give some credit to the MSU defense that held Rice to seven points and 145 total yards. The Owls finished with just 61 yards rushing after averaging over 240 yards per game. The Bulldogs won three straight games to finish the season, and there is some serious momentum in Dan Mullen’s corner entering 2014, which may be his best team yet in Starkville.
And it took a 21-point comeback, but Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel made it happen. The Aggies climbed back from a 38-17 deficit at halftime to win 52-48 in a thriller over Duke for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. And Johnny Manziel was absolutely brilliant in what most think will be his final college football game. Manziel threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns, completing 30 of 38 of his passes, while rushing for 73 yards and one touchdown. A 455-yard, five-touchdown performance isn’t a bad way to end the year or end a career. Senior receiver Travis Labhart caught a Chick-fil-A Bowl record three touchdowns. Defensive back Tony Hurd’s 55-yard pick-six was the play of the game.
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