Cotton Bowl Quick Hits: No. 10 Texas A&M 41 No. 12 Oklahoma 13
The Heisman circuit didn't get to Johnny Manziel as he and the Aggies had no trouble at all with their old friends the Sooners.
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TEXAS A&M WON: It's safe to say that after tonight the Big 12 is happy that Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel are the SEC's problem. If you thought the Heisman winner would have a letdown performance after living the celebrity life the last few weeks, well, you were very, very, very, about eight more veries wrong.
Johnny Football was Johnny Football on Friday night at Cowboys Stadium. He finished the night with 287 yards passing, 229 yards rushing and 4 total touchdowns. It was a performance that made you wish there was another award even bigger than the Heisman so we could give that one to him as well.
WHY TEXAS A&M WON: There was just absolutely nothing Oklahoma's defense could do to stop Johnny Manziel. And since the Oklahoma defense was so keyed to do just that, it couldn't stop anything else either. Yes, Manziel had a great game, but he wasn't the only Aggie to do so.
As a team Texas A&M finished with 633 yards of offense. It also rushed for 326 yards of offense on only 31 carries. To do the math for you that's 10.5 yards per carry on the night.
Then there was the Aggies defense which gave up yards to Oklahoma -- the Sooners finished with 401 yards of offense -- but did a fantastic job of not letting the Sooners into the end zone. An Oklahoma offense that came into the game averaging over 40 points a game could manage only one touchdown and a couple of field goals.
WHEN TEXAS A&M WON: You never really felt that A&M was going to let this game slip away with how well they were playing, but the possibility was wiped out when Manziel hit Ryan Swope on a fourth and 5 for a 33-yard touchdown to make the score 34-13 with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
WHAT TEXAS A&M WON: Listen, there were plenty of people who felt that Texas A&M was making a mistake leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, and the Aggies pretty much shut everybody up during the regular season. Tonight, however, A&M got a chance at personal revenge by going against an old Big 12 foe that has dominated the Big 12 along with Texas for years and gave the Sooners a taste of their own medicine.
WHAT OKLAHOMA LOST: This will leave a bad taste in your mouth. Losing to Texas A&M in this situation is painful enough, but to get beat so soundly while at it only makes it worse. This will also not do Bob Stoops' reputation any favors. If you consider this Cotton Bowl a major bowl game -- and it was -- and include it with Oklahoma's BCS appearances, the Sooners are now 2-6 in major bowl games since the 2001 national title. Those two wins came against Washington State and Connecticut.
THAT WAS CRAZY: Manziel finished the game 13 passing yards shy of being only the second player in college football history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in the same game. Washington's Marques Tuiasosopo is the only player to have accomplished the feat against Stanford in 1999.
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