Posted January 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
Big-championship-oklahoma
Oklahoma and steady veteran quarterback Landry Jones wound up being no match for Johnny Football and a former Big 12 rival. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel had a Cotton Bowl-record 516 total yards with four touchdowns and 10th-ranked Texas A&M wrapped up its first SEC season with a 41-13 win over the 12th-ranked Sooners on Friday night in Jones' 50th and final career start. When Jones threw a 6-yard TD pass to Justin Brown just before halftime, the Sooners (10-3) were down by only a point. They didn't score again. And after not punting before that, they opened the second half going three-and-out on their first three drives - while the Aggies (11-2) were scoring three consecutive touchdowns. ''It was obvious tonight that we didn't play the way we should have played,'' said Jones, whose frustration was evident when he yelled at a teammate after a failed fourth-down play. ''We couldn't run it. We couldn't throw it. It happens, you know. '' The Sooners played in the Cotton Bowl for only the second time, but faced their former Big 12 rival for the 17th consecutive season. With first-year coach Kevin Sumlin and their young star quarterback, the Aggies are already fitting right in with the SEC. They broke the broke the SEC record with their 7,261 total yards this season (the first over 7,000 after 633 in Cowboys Stadium). They also averaged more than 40 points a game. And they capped their debut season with an overwhelming victory in the only postseason game matching teams from the Big 12 and SEC. It is the Aggies' first 11-win season since 1998, when they won their only Big 12 title. The chants of ''S-E-C! S-E-C!'' began after Manziel's 33-yard TD pass to Ryan Swope with 4 minutes left in the third quarter for a 34-13 lead. They got louder and longer after that. Texas A&M never trailed after Manziel tiptoed the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown on the first drive of the game. ''To come in and go against a Big 12 rival and do everything we wanted as a team, and send these seniors out with a win, we couldn't feel any better,'' Manziel said after his first game since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman. Texas A&M never trailed while winning its last six games. That included its win at SEC champion Alabama, which plays for the BCS national title Monday night. Manziel set an FBS bowl record with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries, and completed 22 of 34 passes for 287 yards. ''Johnny Manziel is everything he was billed to be, expected him to be,'' said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who after the game shook the quarterback's hand and told him ''good job.'' SEC teams have won the last five Cotton Bowls, all against Big 12 teams, and nine out of 10. That included Texas A&M's loss to LSU only two years ago. Oklahoma, led by quarterback Landry Jones in his 50th career start, had 401 total yards as a team. Jones completed 35 of 48 passes for 278 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He won 39 games and three bowls for the Sooners, in a career that started on the same field in the 2009 season opener when he replaced injured Heisman winner Sam Bradford in the first college game played at Cowboys Stadium. But it was the Heisman-winning freshman who stole the show in Landry's finale, and kept it from becoming only the third quarterback to win four bowl games as a starter. ''Best player I've ever played. He does so many good things. He's got magic,'' Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Manziel. ''He'll have a chance to win four (Heismans) if he stays healthy.'' Texas A&M had TD drives of 91 and 89 yards in the second half before Manziel's TD pass to Swope on a fourth-and-5 play. ''In the first half we played together as a team, limited them, used the clock, scored. That's how you have to play them. In the second half it totally broke down offensively and defensively,'' Bob Stoops said. ''We had guys plenty of times in position to make a play. Couldn't make a play.'' Already with a 24-yard gain on an earlier third down their opening drive, the Aggies had third-and-9, Manziel rolled to his left and took off. When he juked around a defender and got near the sideline, he tiptoed to stay in bounds and punctuated his score with a high-step over the pylon for a quick lead. Officials reviewed the touchdown play, but it was clear by the replay shown on the huge video screen above the Cowboys Stadium field that Manziel stayed in bounds. ''There is too much talk about how you perform after the Heisman and about the layoff and all of that,'' said Manziel, who set an SEC record with his 4,600 total yards in the regular season. ''There wasn't anything holding us back. No rust, there was no nothing. We played as a unit. ... To go out and win 11 games and do what we've done, is impressive.''
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Johnny Manziel visits casino, flosses his money (Picture)

There might not be a collegiate athlete in the country who enjoys his celebrity status more than Johnny Manziel. The Heisman Trophy winner has been living it up the past several months. A day after lighting up Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, he hit up an Oklahoma casino and showed off his wealth. Manziel shared a photo on his Instagram account Saturday of himself and two others at...

Landry Jones' college career comes full circle

ARLINGTON, Texas Landry Jones' college career has come full circle. The Oklahoma quarterback began his playing career at Cowboys Stadium, and that's where it will end Friday in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. In between, he also quarterbacked the Sooners to a Big 12 championship game win over Nebraska. "It did start here," Jones said during a Cotton Bowl media...

Landry Jones will be out to impress tonight against Johnny football

This will be a huge game tonight for Landry Jones, one of the most under rated quarterbacks in college football. There have been some draftniks that have Landry being taken no later than the 2nd round, and some that say Jones will not be drafted until the 5th round. Tonight will be a huge game for Jones, as it is his last.  He and the Sooners have always been known to choke in the...

No-huddle a real challenge for officials

Johnny Football lived up to the hype ... and more. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel ran for two touchdowns, threw for two more and rushed for an FBS Bowl all-time record 229 yards as Texas A&M crushed Oklahoma, 41-13, Friday night at Cowboys Stadium. That doesn't begin to tell the story. And while Manziel started a trend becoming the first freshman in history to win...

AT&T Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma

AT&T Cotton Bowl Texas A&M Aggies vs Oklahoma Sooners Texas A&M Aggies Overall record: 10 – 2 Conference record: 6 – 2 Finished 3rd in SEC West behind Alabama and LSU. Oklahoma Sooners Overall record: 10 – 2 Conference record: 8 – 1 Finished 2nd in Big 12 behind Kansas State. Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel will go up against the Sooners and Landry Jones...

2013 Cotton Bowl: No Heisman Hangover For Johnny Football As Manziel And Aggies Romp

For those who doubted that Johnny Manziel could continue his magical season as quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies, the Heisman Trophy winner must have removed any doubt with his incredible performance in the 2013 Cotton Bowl, resulting in a 41-13 romp over the Oklahoma Sooners. Manziel was unstoppable, accounting for over 500 yards of total offense. Not as a team, but by himself...

Texas A&M puts exclamation mark on 1st SEC season

Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M had an emphatic answer for everybody who wondered how Texas A&M would do in the SEC. Led by their Heisman Trophy-winning freshman quarterback, the 10th-ranked Aggies won 11 games, including an upset of then-No. 1 Alabama, and never trailed while winning the last six. They capped their SEC debut season with a 41-13 Cotton Bowl victory over former...

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, Cotton Bowl: 5 Things We Learned

In a match-up of former big 12 rivals, Texas A&M served notice to both the SEC and the rest of college football after dominating Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl Classic 41-13.Most fans wondered if there was a chance of a Heisman letdown by Aggies' quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Sooners received their answer early, and Manziel proved the entire night that he was truly worthy...

Texas A&Ms defense stands tall in second half

ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas A&M defense wasn't frustrated that the Oklahoma Sooners ran off 51 plays and scored 13 points in the first half of Friday's Cotton Bowl. The defensive unit was just mad that they weren't getting the ball back for the Johnny Manziel-led offense often enough. That changed in the third quarter. The Wrecking Crew forced three-and-outs...

Manziel shows A&M is better off without Big 12

ARLINGTON, Texas A euphoric group A&M players had congregated in perfectly symmetrical lines in the corner of the end zone at JerryWorld. Arms locked. Swaying, per tradition as the Aggie War Hymn played and The 12th Man sang in unison. It was one of those amazing scenes you only get from college football. And it was at this moment quarterback Johnny Manziel executed his best...

Slowing Sooners' offense big key for Aggies

ARLINGTON, Texas The matchup for Friday's Cotton Bowl may have a dj vu' sort of feel with old conference rivals Texas A&M and Oklahoma squaring off at Cowboys Stadium. The Aggies are hoping the results are different. Texas A&M struggled defensively against the wide-open passing attacks of the Big 12, allowing more than 275 yards a game through the air last year...

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma: 3 Bold Predictions For The Cotton Bowl

In 2013, Texas A&M made a major change to the college football landscape. The Aggies, along with Missouri, left the Big 12 and headed for the SEC. While Mizzou struggled mightily, Texas A&M played exceptionally well. The Aggies lost just two games, both close contests to top 10 teams (Florida & LSU). Now, the Aggies face an old Big 12 rival, the Oklahoma Sooners. OU...

Texas A&M 41, Oklahoma 13: Manziel runs over Oklahoma, as Aggies head into 2013 a BCS title ...

Entering the 2013 Cotton Bowl, there was legitimate fear amongst Texas A&M fans that maybe, just maybe, Johnny Manziel had too much fun on the postseason awards circuit. In their defense, you can see why, since Manziel seemingly spent more time over the last month hanging out with LeBron James, Megan Fox and the Jonas Brothers than he did in the film room. And while no one could...

Bob Stoops Says Johnny Manziel Is Best QB Sooners Have Ever Faced

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical of what Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel  would do in the Cotton Bowl after his whirlwind world tour. Manziel stopped by Letterman, hit the stage with country stars, bought his own courtside seats to a Mavericks game, and played golf with the Jonas Brothers. I wasn’t sure he would have enough time to practice...

Texas A&M 41, Oklahoma 13: Manziel runs over Oklahoma, as Aggies head into 2013 a BCS title ...

Entering the 2013 Cotton Bowl, there was legitimate fear amongst Texas A&M fans that maybe, just maybe, Johnny Manziel had too much fun on the postseason awards circuit. In their defense, you can see why, since Manziel seemingly spent more time over the last month hanging out with LeBron James, Megan Fox and the Jonas Brothers than he did in the film room. And while no one could...
College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.