NEW YORK (AFP) December 8, 2012, 9:48:37 PM EST
The first-year signal-caller broke the Southeast Conference record for total offense by passing for 3,419 yards and rushing for 1,181 more while totaling 43 touchdowns -- 24 of them through the air.
"This is a moment that I've dreamed about since I was a little kid," Manziel said as he accepted the award as college gridiron's outstanding player.
Te'o's total was the most ever for a purely defensive player in the history of the prestigious award.
Their 10-2 record included a stunning victory over the then-top-ranked University of Alabama on November 10.
Manziel became the first Aggie to win the Heisman since John David Crow in 1957.