2012 Heisman Trophy watch: Manziel strengthens Heisman case

Scott Halleran

Johnny Manziel threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more to lead Texas A&M past Missouri and strengthen his case as this year's Heisman Trophy frontrunner.

With just one week left in the college football regular season, it looks like Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel might be the frontrunner to take home football's biggest individual prize.

The Heisman Trophy contender completed 32-of-44 passes in the Aggies' win over the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, good for 372 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for two more scores.

For the season, Manziel has thrown for 24 touchdowns, compared to just eight interceptions. He is averaging 8.55 yards per attempt.

But while Manziel might be the top candidate, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o will now be leading his team into a National Championship Game in January. The Fighting Irish beat USC, 22-13, on Saturday, and Te'o had five tackles and an interception.

On the side opposite Te'o on Saturday, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee did his best to stay in the Heisman hunt. He had five receptions for 75 yards in the loss. However, the sophomore also set a team record with 112 catches this season. If he does not win the Heisman, Lee is also a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation's best receiver.

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