A&M rolls Oklahoma

Manziel nets 516 yards in Cotton Bowl

Durron Neal of Texas A&M tried to pull away from Oklahoma  defensive back Aaron Colvin in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night in Arlington, Texas. Enlarge photo

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Durron Neal of Texas A&M tried to pull away from Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Colvin in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, Texas

Johnny Manziel tiptoed the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown on Texas A&M’s first drive of the game.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback known as Johnny Football and the 10th-ranked Aggies were just getting warmed up in the Cotton Bowl. There were plenty more highlights after that nifty run.

In his first game since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman, Manziel set a Cotton Bowl-record with 516 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Aggies capped their first SEC season with a 41-13 win over 12th-ranked Oklahoma on Friday.

With first-year coach Kevin Sumlin and their young star quarterback, the Aggies (11-2) fit right in with the SEC after leaving the Big 12. They 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 those power conferences. 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 touchdown 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 led by only a point at halftime but scored on its first three drives of the second half – on drives of 91 and 89 yards before Swope’s score on a fourth-and-5 play.

Oklahoma (10-3), which like the Aggies entered the game with a five-game winning streak, went three-and-out on its first three drives after halftime.

Manziel set an FBS bowl record for quarterbacks with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries and completed 22 of 34 passes for 287 yards.

Oklahoma, led by quarterback Landry Jones in his 50th career start, had only 312 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.

Already with a 24-yard gain on an earlier third down, the Aggies had third-and-9 on their opening drive when 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.

Manziel added a 5-yard TD run on a bootleg play in the second quarter, and capped the scoring with a 34-yard pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu with 9 minutes left in the game.

The first TD run was Manziel’s school-record 20th of the season. He became only the fourth FBS quarterback with 20 TDs rushing and 20 passing in the same season.

The other 20-20 quarterbacks were Auburn’s Cam Newton and Florida’s Tim Tebow, who like Manziel are Heisman winners from the SEC, and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick.

Manziel set an SEC record with 4,600 yards in the regular season, and just added to that in his 13th career game.

Oklahoma needed drives of 16 and 18 plays to get a pair of field goals by Michael Hunnicutt (23 and 24 yards). Jones threw a 6-yard TD pass to Justin Brown just before halftime to make it 14-13.

Jones set Cotton Bowl records when he had 23 completions and 30 attempts (for 175 yards) by halftime.

Ben Malena (7 yards) and Trey Williams (30 yards) had the TD runs to cap the long scoring drives in the third quarter for the Aggies.

Manziel was picked off in the second quarter after his bootleg move and a throw that hit Malcome Kennedy in the hands in the end zone and deflected into the air. Javon Harris grabbed the interception.

The Sooners then crossed midfield before Jones had a pass intercepted by Dustin Harris and returned to the Oklahoma 48.

That A&M drive started with a little trickery, Manziel holding the ball down in his left hand while faking a throw with his right hand. He then pitched to Kenric McNeal, who threw a 20-yard pass to Mike Evans.

Malena then had a 23-yard run before Manziel’s bootleg run for a 5-yard TD.

Oklahoma was in the Cotton Bowl for only the second time. It was the first bowl matchup between the former Big 12 rivals, but the 17th consecutive season they have played each other.

The Sooners had won 11 of 13 since Bob Stoops became their coach. That included a 77-0 Oklahoma win in 2003 that was the most-lopsided loss in Texas A&M history.

Sumlin was the A&M offensive coordinator in 2002 when the Aggies upset the top-ranked Sooners. The next year, Sumlin was hired by Stoops as an assistant, and he stayed there five seasons before going to Houston as head coach and then the Aggies.

Playing his first game since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman, Manziel eluded tackles for a 5-yard gain on the first play. He was back to pass on a third-and-4, and eventually rolled to his left and took off for a 24-yard gain. His touchdown came on what started as another pass play on 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, who had three carries for 52 yards on the 75-yard drive, stayed in bounds.

The Aggies, with first-year coach Kevin Sumlin and their young star quarterback, are wrapping up their first SEC season after leaving the Big 12. The Cotton Bowl is the only postseason game matching teams from those two power conferences.

Oklahoma is in the Cotton Bowl for only the second time.

Sooners quarterback Landry Jones made his 50th career start, and came at the same place he made his Oklahoma debut in the 2009 season opener when he replaced injured Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.

Oklahoma went 69 yards in 16 plays on its opening drive of the game, settling for a 23-yard field goal by Michael Hunnicutt. That came after Blake Bell, the Sooners’ short-yardage quarterback specialist, was stuffed twice in a row from the 1.

This is the first bowl matchup between the former Big 12 rivals, but the 17th consecutive season they have played each other.

The Sooners have won 11 of 13 since Bob Stoops became their coach.

Sumlin was the A&M offensive coordinator in 2002 when the Aggies upset the top-ranked Sooners. The next year, Sumlin was hired by Stoops as an assistant, and he stayed there five seasons before going to Houston as head coach and then the Aggies.

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M led the Aggies against rival Oklahoma in Friday night’s Cotton Bowl. Enlarge photo

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Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M led the Aggies against rival Oklahoma in Friday night’s Cotton Bowl.

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, breaks free for some of his 516 totals yards against Oklahoma on Friday night at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. A&M won 41-13. Enlarge photo

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Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, breaks free for some of his 516 totals yards against Oklahoma on Friday night at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. A&M won 41-13.