There was a lot to celebrate at Kyle Field Saturday night. The end of the career of senior players, Johnny Manziel wrapping up his Heisman winning campaign, and the first 10 win season in almost 15 years.
Like many games recently, it didn't take Texas A&M long to put an SEC team away. The Aggies capped off an unforgettable 2012 football season with a 59-29 win over the Missouri Tigers, a team the seniors have never beaten. Let's fish out some talking points from tonight's game:
SENIORS GO OUT ON TOP -- It was senior night at Kyle Field, and just like two weeks ago against Alabama, they responded with a great performance. Christine Michael, with Michael Lamothe leading the way, started the game running hard while receivers Kenric McNeal, Ryan Swope, and Uzoma Nwachukwu added huge catches and touchdowns. None of those plays could have been possible without the calls of senior center Patrick Lewis. On defense, it was the senior linebackers in Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart that set the tone. In the secondary, Steven Terrell and Dustin Harris kept the Missouri passing attack in check for almost the entire first half. Like many of you, I am really going to miss these seniors. Many of them, specifically McNeal, Terrell, and Harris have improved leaps and bounds this season to create this second half surge in Texas A&M's season.
SPENCER NEALY IS A BEAST AND UNBLOCKABLE -- Did you think I forgot about the play of Spencer Nealy? Nealy has been a one man Wrecking Crew along the defensive line in the month of November. It started in Tuscaloosa when Nealy was moved over All-American center Barrett Jones as a nose guard. Nealy played that same position tonight and gave the Tiger offensive line fits, completely shutting down the Missouri run game making them one dimensional. Out of all the seniors, I will miss Nealy most for playing hard on every down and embodying the spirit of the Wrecking Crew and the 12th Man.
HEISMANZIEL -- Yes, Johnny was once again miraculous tonight. He even laid hands on his own torn up knee on the sideline and told it to heal, and it did. Yes, Johnny deserves to win the Heisman. He will win the Heisman in New York in a couple of weeks. Do yourselves a favor and just ignore anybody who says otherwise; there is no longer any debate that can be made. While we can talk about Johnny and the improvements he has made over the course of the season, let's not forget the improvement of the offensive line who has learned to block for a scrambling QB and the improvement of the wide receivers like Malcome Kennedy who have learned to find open spaces in the defense while Johnny is scrambling resulting in big plays down the field. It hasn't just been Manziel; the rest of the offense learning to play with him needs credit as well. And you just can't stop this offense right now. They score a touchdown each possession. Good luck to anyone who has to play them in a bowl game with three weeks to prepare and add new wrinkles to their game.
SET YOUR BOWL CALENDARS -- The Bowl picture for Texas A&M became a little more clear tonight. We won't be going to a BCS Bowl game with Florida's win over Florida State. Thanks for nothing this season, Gators. The question now becomes, does the Capital One Bowl take the loser of the SEC Championship Game or the Heisman Trophy Winner? I'm leaning towards the latter. And if it is not the Capital One Bowl? With an Oklahoma win and Clemson loss, the Sooners are looking at a BCS Bowl of their own meaning a matchup with the Texas Longhorns (yes, that same team that lost to TCU at home on Thanksgiving) in the Cotton Bowl could be the horizon. I like the bowl picture like this, personally --
National Championship -- Alabama
Sugar -- Florida
Capital One -- Texas A&M
Outback -- Georgia
Cotton -- LSU
Chick-fil-A -- South Carolina
That is one hell of a lineup for the SEC with Top 10 teams playing all over the place this holiday season.
Until next time, Gig 'Em.