Texas A&M 41, Oklahoma 13

Manziel, Aggies rout Sooners in Cotton Bowl

Johnny Manziel (2) set a Cotton Bowl record with 516 total yards, then joined his teammates in hoisting the trophy.
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Johnny Manziel (2) set a Cotton Bowl record with 516 total yards, then joined his teammates in hoisting the trophy.

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 TDs as the Aggies capped their first SEC season with a 41-13 win over 12th-ranked Oklahoma on Friday night.


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 — including 633 in Cowboys Stadium.

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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 four minutes left in the third quarter for a 34-13 lead.

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, with Swope’s score on a fourth-and-5 play capping the third drive.

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


SEC teams have won the last five Cotton Bowls, all against Big 12 teams.

Manziel set an FBS bowl record with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries, and completed 22 of 34 passes for 287 yards. He added a 5-yard TD run on a bootleg in the second, and capped the scoring with a 34-yard pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu with nine minutes left.

Oklahoma, led by quarterback Landry Jones in his 50th career start, had only 401 total yards as a team.

Jones completed 35 of 48 passes for 278 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Manziel became only the fourth FBS quarterback with 20 TDs rushing and 20 passing in the same season.


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