December 21, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
• TEXAS A&M vs. DUKE •
December 31 • 8 p.m. ET • Atlanta, Ga. • Georgia Dome (71,228)
LIVE TV: ESPN (Rece Davis, play-by-play? Jesse Palmer and
David Pollack, analysts? Samantha Ponder, sidelines)
LIVE RADIO: ESPN Radio (Dave Neal, play-by-play? Andre Ware,
analyst? Cara Capuano, sidelines)
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (8-4, 4-4 SEC)
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin (Purdue, ‘88)
Overall/Years: 54-23 (.701) / 6th Season
Texas A&M/Years: 19-6 (.760) / 2nd Season
In Bowl Games: 2-1 (.667)
National Rankings: BCS (21)? Harris (21)? USA Today (21)? AP (20)
Texas A&M Bowl Appearances: 34
Texas A&M Bowl Record: 15-19 (.441)
QB Johnny Manziel (6-1, 200, So., Kerrville, Texas)
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, who finished fifth in the voting for the 2013 award
... A first-team All-SEC selection in 2013 ... Leads the SEC and ranks ninth in the nation
in passing yards per game (311.0), while ranking sixth nationally in passing touchdowns
with 33 ... His 69.1 percent completion percentage leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the
nation ... Is also among the top-15 in the SEC in rushing yards per game (57.2) ... His
4,481 total offensive yards this season rank second in SEC single-season history, behind
his own record-setting mark of 5,116 a year ago.
WR Mike Evans (6-5, 225, So., Galveston, Texas)
A first-team All-SEC wide receiver who ranks second in the league and eighth nationally
in receiving yards per game (110.2) ... Is the SEC leader and is 10th nationally
in receiving touchdowns this season with 12 ... Is averaging 5.4 receptions per game,
which ranks fourth in the SEC ... Has five games this season with 100 or more yards
receiving, including two games with better than 200 yards receiving ... A Biletnikoff
OL Jake Matthews (6-5, 305, Sr., Missouri City, Texas)
Recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and a first-team All-SEC selection ... has
been the leader of the Aggies’ offensive line that helps Texas A&M lead the SEC and
rank seventh nationally in passing offense at 350.9 yards per game.
LB Darian Claiborne (6-0, 225, Fr., Port Allen, La.)
Tied for his team’s lead in total tackles with 89, including a squad-best 7.0 tackles
for loss ... Has also recorded 1.5 sacks, forced two fumbles and snagged an interception
... Ranks among the top-10 in the SEC with 7.4 tackles per game ... Has
charted eight or more tackles in six games this season.
DUKE BLUE DEVILS (10-3, 6-2 ACC)
Head Coach: David Cutcliffe (Alabama, ‘76)
Overall/Years: 75-72 (.510) / 12th Season
Duke/Years: 31-43 (.419) / 6th Season
National Rankings: BCS (24)? Harris (24)? USA Today (21)? AP (22)
Duke Bowl Appearances: 9
Duke Bowl Record: 3-6 (.333)
QB Anthony Boone (6-0, 230, Jr., Weddington, N.C.)
The first quarterback in Duke school history to win his first 10 games as a starter ...
Ranks third in the ACC this season in completion percentage at .639 (177-of-277), a
mark that also ranks fourth on Duke’s single-season list ... Has passed for 1,833 yards
this season and 2,662 yards for his career ... Sat out three games early in the season
due to a broken collarbone ... A team captain for the 2013 season.
WR/PR Jamison Crowder (5-9, 175, Jr., Monroe, N.C.)
A first-team All-ACC selection by the league’s coaches as both a wide receiver and
a punt returner ... A second-team All-America punt returner as determined by Sports
Illustrated ... Currently ranks eighth in the nation in punt returns with 16 and is second
nationally in punt return touchdowns with two ... Second in the ACC and among the
top-15 nationally in total receiving yards with 1,197 this year ... Leads the ACC in receptions
per game at 7.4 ... The ninth player in Duke school history to reach 2,000 receiving
yards and is currently fourth on that chart with 2,434 career yards.
SAF Devon Edwards (5-9, 185, R-Fr., Covington, Ga.)
A Walter Camp Foundation Second-Team All-America selection ... Leads the ACC
and ranks second in the nation in kickoff returns and kickoff return touchdowns ... Has
a pair of 99-plus yard kickoff returns for touchdowns this season, including a 100-yard
return for score vs. N.C. State ... Has also posted 55 tackles on the year, snagged
three interceptions and posted six pass breakups.
DE Kenny Anunike (6-5, 260, Sr., Galena, Ohio)
A second-team All-ACC selection ... Has posted 66 tackles on the year, which ranks
fourth on this team, including a squad-best 13.5 tackles for loss for 68 yards ... Has
charted a team-high six sacks and also has two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries
and a forced fumble.
Record: First meeting
SERIES: Texas A&M and Duke have never faced each other in the history of the two
GAME NOTES: Texas A&M is making its 35th all-time bowl appearance and fifth consecutive
... The Aggies will be looking to end the season with a bowl win for the third
consecutive year, which would be a program record ... It is Texas A&M’s easternmost
bowl trip in more than 50 years since facing Tennessee in the 1957 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville,
Fla. ... The Aggies have never played in an Atlanta-based bowl game ... Duke
is playing in bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history ...
The Chick-fil-A Bowl game appearance will mark the 1,000th game in Duke football history
... Duke is making its 10th all-time bowl appearance and is looking for its first bowl
win since defeating Arkansas 7-6 in the 1961 Cotton Bowl ... The Blue Devils had an
eight-game winning streak snapped in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game, following
a loss to No. 1 Florida State.