Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel outruns Duke's Jeremy Cash to score during the fourth quarter. (Eagle Photo/ Stuart Villanueva)

Dec. 31, 2013: With a little help from his defense, Johnny Manziel walked away from Texas A&M a winner as the Aggies beat Duke 52-48 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Manziel threw for four touchdowns and ran for another — his fifth five-score game of his sophomore season. The Aggies trailed 38-17 at halftime, but scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half possessions.

The Aggies sealed the victory with interceptions by Nate Askew and Toney Hurd Jr. on Duke's final two possessions. Hurd ran his pick back 55 yards for a touchdown to give A&M its first lead of the game with 3 minutes, 33 seconds remaining.

Dec. 31, 1903: Barlow "Bones" Irvin was born. Irvin was one of the first Aggie football players to be drafted into the NFL. He was an All-Southwest Conference selection at tackle after the 1925 season. Irvin played the 1926 and 1927 seasons for the Buffalo Rangers, playing a total of 15 games at guard and tackle.

After his football career, Irvin returned to A&M and served as a coach, administrator and athletic director emeritus.

Dec. 31, 1991: Former A&M women's basketball player Kelsey Bone was born. Bone played for the Aggies from 2010 to 2013, sitting out the 2010-11 season after transferring from South Carolina. After her first season at A&M, she was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. She was a third team All-American after her final collegiate season.

Bone set a school record for highest pick in the WNBA draft. Bone was the fifth overall pick in 2013 by the New York Liberty. 

Dec. 31, 1993: Reveille VI was returned unharmed after being kidnapped Dec. 26. Her kidnappers, who claimed to be a group of 30 University of Texas students, told the Austin-American Statesman she could be found tied to a sign post near Lake Travis.

The 4-month-old puppy had been taken from the backyard of the mascot corporal's family home in Dallas early in the morning six days prior.

Reveille was immediately taken to College Station to be checked over by A&M veterinarians. They gave her a bath and cleared her for mascot duty for the Cotton Bowl. Mascot Corporal John Lively was not disciplined because Corps officials did not find any negligence on his part, according to The Eagle. Reveille had been the only mascot in the Southwest Conference not stolen by a rival school.

Dec. 31, 2000: A&M lost in overtime to Mississippi State, 43-41, at the Independence Bowl. Bulldog coach Jackie Sherrill coached at A&M from 1982 to 1988.

During warm-ups, a rare snowstorm blanketed the stadium and continued throughout the game. The field was completely covered by the second quarter. The snow made it difficult to see yard lines, and plows were brought onto the field during timeouts and halftime to make markers visible. The game was dubbed the "Snow Bowl."

Aggie running back Ja'Mar Toombs ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries. The teams were tied at 35 points after the fourth quarter.

Dec. 31, 2011: A&M defeated Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Texas Bowl, 33-22, at Reliant Stadium. Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards. Tim DeRuyter served as interim head coach for the Aggies after Mike Sherman was fired.

The team dedicated the win and wore helmet decals in honor of offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident Dec. 22, 2011.

Dec. 31, 2018: Trayveon Williams rushed for a record-setting 236 yards and three touchdowns as the 21st-ranked Aggies beat North Carolina State 52-13 in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. Cullen Gillaspia, A&M’s 12th Man, capped the scoring with a 13-yard run for the senior’s first touchdown. 

A&M (9-4, 5-3 SEC) ended the season with a four-game winning streak for its best season since 2013, when it also finished at 9-4.

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