Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Manziel One of the Greatest Ever?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Manziel One of the Greatest Ever?

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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn knows the luxury of having that rare quarterback who can take over games and abuse defenses with his arm or his feet.

For Malzahn, it was Cam Newton, an electrifying Heisman Trophy winner who led the 24th-ranked Tigers to the 2010 national championship. The new and maybe even improved version of Newton is No. 7 Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, an equally dazzling Heisman winner trying to lead the Aggies to a win against Auburn Saturday.

"I would say probably those two are probably two of the best that ever played the game in college football," said Malzahn, who was Newton's offensive coordinator.

"We only got to see Cam Newton for one year, but this guy, he's in the same element. They're different but they're still some of the best to ever play."

Thursday's game

Dallas Crawford had a 3-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left to give No. 10 Miami a 27-23 victory at North Carolina. Crawford's short score ended a 90-yard drive by the Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) and capped his own big performance in the backfield after Miami lost top rusher Duke Johnson to an early injury. …

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