Posted on November 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM
Johnny Football can throw and run with ease. But the exceptional skills of Texas A&M's star don't extend to kicking.
Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores and Texas A&M (No. 8 BCS, No. 9 AP) beat Sam Houston State 47-28 Saturday.
The redshirt freshman with the cool nickname threw an 89-yard touchdown pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu on A&M's first offensive play of the second half.
Coach Kevin Sumlin got a good chuckle when asked if he might lose Heisman votes for the missed kick.The dual-threat quarterback then attempted the extra point, but it sailed wide right, ending the Heisman hopeful's day with A&M (9-2) leading 40-0.
"I don't know," he said laughing. "I don't know that it will cost him anything."
But it did cause his teammates to tease him a bit.
"Come on Johnny, you're better than that," Nwachukwu said he told Manziel.
Sumlin said Manziel had been practicing kicks for a couple of weeks and made some in practice. He decided to let him kick to break up the monotony of the season, and "keep it fun."
Manziel broke the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 yards set by Missouri's Brad Smith in 2002, and the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 yards set in 2000 by Jared Lorenzen on A&M's first drive.