January 5, 2012
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel put on a show at the Cotton Bowl on Friday as he led Texas A&M to a 41-13 win over former Big 12 rival Oklahoma.
The Aggies will enter the 2013 season on a 6-game winning streak, thanks to a 27-0 shutout that was pitched in the second half.
In his first campaign with Texas A&M, former Houston Cougar head coach Kevin Sumlin led the program to its first 11-win (11-2) season since 1998. (Technically, it's the first since 1992 as the '98 squad had to forfeit a win over Louisiana Tech due to the use of an academically ineligible player).
Manziel accumulated 516 yards of total offense as he ran for 228 yards and 2 scores, and passed for 288 yards and 2 more scores.
It was the first-ever Cotton Bowl meeting between these storied programs, made possible by A&M's offseason move to the SEC. Amazingly, the Sooners were making only their second appearance at the Cotton Bowl Classic.
The Aggies are now 5-8 all-time in Cotton Bowls and 15-19 in all bowl games. They needed this win to snap a 6-game Cotton Bowl losing streak dating back to a 1987 season win over Notre Dame. They had last played here in the 2010 season, losing 41-24 to LSU.
Oklahoma came into the bowl season ranked 7th in bowl winning percentage. The Sooners now stand 27-18-1 (.598) and are tied for 3rd in bowl wins with 27.
Oklahoma still leads the all-time series against A&M, 19-12, with the Sooners winning last year’s meeting 41-25 in the final battle as conference foes. The loss to the Aggies snapped their 3-bowl winning streak.
Oklahoma (10-3) quarterback Landry Jones, a four-year starter with close to 4,000 passing yards in the regular season, finished this game with 279 yards while completing 35 of his 49 throws. He is OU’s all-time passing leader with 12,658 yards.
In a season that earned him the nickname "Johnny Football", Manziel became the first freshman to capture the Heisman after becoming the first SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000. He entered the bowl season ranked second nationally in total offense behind Baylor’s Nick Florence.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected Oklahoma as the winner by 2.83 points.