Former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel was electric. There is no sense in denying it. You don’t get a cool nickname like Johnny Football without the ability to terrorize your opponent and perhaps nobody ever felt that dominance more than the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
The 2012 college football season was a wild ride for Texas A&M under head coach Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies finished their first year in the Southeastern Conference at 11-2 and Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. A Saturday night shootout in Shreveport was one of the best moments, too.
The box score from that October game is ridiculous. The two teams combined to score 106 points and racked up over 1,300 total yards of offense. It was pure mayhem from the opening kickoff and Manziel was able to get the last laugh.
Johnny Manziel vs. Louisiana Tech Highlights
In a season filled with amazing games, this one was definitely one of Johnny Manziel’s best. He went 24-for-40 for 395 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, while adding 181 rushing yards with three more scores.
Manziel threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Lendrick Williams and ran for a 15-yard score in the first quarter, tossed a 75-yard bomb to wide receiver Mike Evans in the second quarter, added a short touchdown run in the third quarter, and found Thomas Johnson from 17 yards out for his fifth score of the game in the fourth quarter.
All of them were great. None of them, however, were as lethal as his 72-yard touchdown run with two minutes remaining to seal the victory. Johnny Football ran right down main street and into the end zone to help the Aggies escape with a 59-57 victory.
Although Manziel was a the star of the night, a tough Louisiana Tech football team obviously put up a big-time fight. Bulldogs quarterback Colby Cameron threw for 450 yards and five touchdowns, running back Kenneth Dixon had 111 yards and two scores, and wide receiver Quinton Patton went off for 21 catches, 233 yards, and four touchdowns.
The football game at Independence Stadium, which was rescheduled due to Hurricane Isaac, was truly special. The total offense alone made it a classic. Everyone left that game saying Louisiana Tech is good and Manziel is a superstar.
The redshirt freshman quarterback proved that in the SEC against the likes of Arkansas, Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State, Alabama, and dominating Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
Say what you want about Johnny Football and how he didn’t make it in the NFL, but that season was legendary and that late touchdown run definitely doesn’t get enough credit.