Texas A&M Football: Ranking Aggies’ top 10 bowl games in school history

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No. 2 – 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl

Deemed simply the comeback. The Aggies arrived in Atlanta after a very disappointing 2013 season. Coming into the season, they were one of the preseason favorites to win the national title with Johnny Manziel coming back for his sophomore year.

A&M would lose four of the games, three of them by a touchdown or less. The first nine games the offense scored 41 or more points, but would limp to the finish line scoring only 10 against LSU and 21 against Missouri.

Heading into the bowl game against Duke, everyone was wondering what would Manziel and the offense do. In the first half, the Aggies only had the ball five times. Those possessions were turned into two touchdowns, one field goal, one missed field goal and one punt. In comparison, Duke had the ball six times. The Blue Devils scored five touchdowns and one field goal.

The second half turned in the favor of the Aggies. A&M had the ball five times resulting in four touchdowns and ending the game with the victory formation. Duke did not have the same success in the second half with their six possessions.

Those six possessions resulted in one touchdown, one field goal, one missed goal, one turnover on downs and two interceptions. The Aggies would rally from down 38-17 at the half to win 52-48 on the game winning interception return by Toney Hurd Jr. with 3:33 left in the fourth. Duke would have one final chance, but Nate Askew intercepted Anthony Boone with 1:19 left.

The Aggies would finish 9-4 and ranked No. 18 in the final AP and coaches polls.