Johnny "Football Manziel
2012 Heisman Trophy Winner Profile
The chase for the 2012 Heisman Trophy
Game by game account of his 2012 season that ended with Manziel setting the SEC's
total offense single-season record
9/8  vs. Florida
In a 20-17 season opening loss, Manziel completed 23 of 30 passes for 173 yards
with no TDs or INT's.  He also gained 60 yards and 1 TD on 17 carries.
9/15 @SMU
In a day that was all Aggies, Manziel completed 20 of 36 passes for 294 yards and 4
scores.  Johnny "Football" flashed his rushing skills with 124 yards and 2 TDs on 13
carries as Texas A&M blew out the Mustangs 48-3
9/22 vs. South Carolina St.
Texas A&M easily handled this opponent 70-14 as Manziel completed 15 of 20
passes for 174 yards and 3 TDs.  Manziel ran 8 times for 78 yards and 2 scores.
9/29  vs. Arkansas
On a dominating day that saw the Aggies destroy the Razorbacks, Manziel connected
on 29 of 38 throws for 453 yards and 3 TDs.  The Aggies QB also crossed the goal
line once while gaining 104 yards on 14 carries.
10/6  vs. Ole Miss
On a night when all seemed lost, Manziel engineered a last-minute comeback
against the Rebels in Oxford.  After overcoming early turnovers, the Aggies QB wound
up completing 17 of 26 passes for 191 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks.  Manziel also rushed
for 129 yards and 1 score on 20 carries.
1013 @ Louisiana Tech
In a 59-57 shootout win over the Bulldogs, Manziel completed 24 of 40 passes for 395
yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.  The freshman signal caller also ran for a season-high 189
yards and 3 scores against No. 23 ranked Tech.  Manziel's 576 yards of total offense
broke Texas A&M and SEC single game records.
10/20 vs. LSU
With the No. 6 ranked Tigers in College Station, Manziel completed 29-56 passes for
276 yards, 0 TDs and 3 INT's.  While defeating the Aggies 24-19, the stout LSU
defense limited the Aggies dual-threat QB to a mere 27 yards on 17 carries.
10/27 @ Auburn
Texas A&M got back in the win column in dominating fashion with a 63-21 win over the
Tigers. Manziel completed 16 of 23 throws for 260 yards and 2 TDs.  The Kerrville,
Texas product also rushed 9 times for 90 yards while making 3 trips to the end zone.  
With the Aggies easily outshining Auburn, Manziel played into the 3Q before subbing
out.  In the 8 possessions he led, the Aggies offense scored 7 TDs.
11/3 @ Mississippi State
In a monster performance against the No. 15 ranked Bulldogs, the emerging
Heisman candidate connected on 30 of 36 passes for 311 yards and rushed for 2
scores and 129 yards on 21 carries.  With much more football left to play in 2012,
Johnny "Football" earned the most games of 300 yards passing and 100 yards
rushing in a single season since 2000.
11/10 @ Alabama
While Manziel may have entered this game against top-ranked Alabama as a Heiman
pretender in the eyes of some pundits, his incredible national TV performance against
Bama vaulted him to serious Heisman contender status.  During the Aggies 29-24
upset win over the defending national champions, Manziel completed 24 of 31
passes for 253 yards and 2 TDs.   He also added 92 yards on 18 carries.
11/17 vs. Sam Houston St.
With the Aggies easily rolling over the Bearkats 47-28, Manziel completed 14 of 20
passes for 267 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.  The Texas A&M QB also ran 16 times for 100
yards and 2 scores.  The only negative on the day was Manziel's attempting a PAT,
only to have it sale wide right.  In the contest, Johnny "Football" broke the NCAA
freshmen QB rushing record of 1,029 yards that had been held by Missouri's Brad
Smith since 2002.  He also became the Aggies leader in single season total offense
with 4,161 yards.  The dual-threat QB also became just the 5th player in FBS history
with 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yard rushing in a season.
11/24 vs. Missouri
In Texas A&M's regular season finale, Manziel led the No. 9 ranked Aggies to a 59-29
win over Missouri while connecting on 32 off 44 passes for 372 yards, 3 TDs and 1
INT.  The Aggies signal caller also ran 12 times for 67 yards and 2 TDs.  Manziel led
Texas A&M to touchdowns on their first six drives to take a 42-7 halftime lead.  The
Aggies QB was knocked out of action briefly in the 2Q, but returned to action sporting a
became the SEC's single-season leader in that category.
2012 Heisman Trophy Voting Results
J. Manziel
Texas A&M - QB
Manti Te'o
Notre Dame - LB
Collin Klein
Kansas State - QB
Marquise Lee
Braxton Miller
Ohio State - QB
The Texas A&M Quarterback became the first freshman to win college football's top individual award.  Manziel also became the
first Aggie to win the award since John David Crow gained Heisman winner status in 1957.
Johnny "Football" Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
2012 Heisman Season Regular Season Stats
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Season Highlights:
  • Delivered epic performance in tremendous 29-24 upset of top ranked Alabama.
  • Has thrown for 453 yards in a game and has rushed for 181 yards rushing in a contest
  • Seven games of 250+ yards passing and 6 100+ yards rushing games.
  • Three 300+ yard passing games including 453 vs. Arkansas
  • Has become th 1st freshman QB in FBS history to throw for 3000 yards and rush for 1000 yards in
    a season.
  • Sets a new SEC single-season total yards record with 4,600 that surpasses the yardage totals
    achieved by Cam Newton's 2010 Heisman season.
Manziel is all smiles while posing with
the 2012 Heisman Trophy
Late Game Heroics
Launched Heisman Bid
Manziel helped the Aggies to rally from a
10-point 4Q deficit at Ole Miss.  The Aggies QB
ran for a key 29-yard TD before throwing the
game-winning TD pass with 1:46 left to lift the
Aggies to a 30-27 victory.
Ramblin' on the Plains
With Manziel leading the Aggies road effort on
the Auburn Plains, Texas A&M scored 7 TDs in
their first 8 possessions en route to a 63-21
win over the Tigers.
Striking a Heisman Pose?
Instead of having a "Heisman moment"
against top-ranked Alabama, Manziel had a
"Heisman game" by stunning the Tide.  The
Aggies QB dissected the Alabama defense
with three quick 1Q TDs as the Aggies held on
to a sweet victory.
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