Posted: 10:29 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
By By Richard Tijerina
Texas A&M has beaten Oklahoma, 41-13.
It’s the fifth Cotton Bowl victory for the Aggies, who finish the season 11-2.
Oklahoma falls to 10-3.
Johnny Manziel was 22 of 34 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran 17 times for 229 yards and two scores. All together, that’s 516 yards of total offense.
Landry Jones, playing his final game, was 35 of 48 for 278 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The Aggies put up 633 yards of total offense, a Cotton Bowl record.
FOURTH QUARTER: 9:03 left.
It’s Texas A&M 41, Oklahoma 13.
And this Cotton Bowl is, basically, a done deal.
The Aggies have just sealed it with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Manziel to Uzoma Nwachukwu.
Nwachukwu stepped out of bounds at around the 10-yard line, but replays showed an OU defender nudged him a bit. Either way, the play wasn’t reviewed and Bob Stoops did not challenge it.
The Aggies’ scoring drive —- seven plays, 74 yards —- took an even three minutes off the clock, and started when Landry Jones’s fourth-down pass at A&M’s 26-yard line fell incomplete.
THIRD QUARTER: 3:55 left.
It’s Texas A&M 34, Oklahoma 13.
Things are getting serious for the Sooners, who had to punt it away on their drive that came after Trey Williams’ touchdown run and now have fallen 21 points behind.
Johnny Manziel hit Ryan Swope for a 33-yard touchdown pass on a slant pattern.
It was a six-play, 71-yard scoring drive for the Aggies, who took only 1:16 off the clock.
THIRD QUARTER: 6:30 left.
It’s Texas A&M 27, Oklahoma 13.
The Aggies have put some space between themselves and the Sooners, going 89 yards on seven plays, capped by Trey Williams’ 30-yard touchdown run, a nice scamper through Oklahoma defenders.
Taylor Bertolet, however, missed the extra point.
THIRD QUARTER: 10:26 left.
It’s Texas A&M 21, Oklahoma 13.
The Aggies made quick work of their first drive of the second half.
After Oklahoma punted, Johnny Manziel led the Aggies downfield, helped by a couple of nice gains on throws to Ryan Swope.
A blocking-in-the-back penalty moved A&M back into a first-and-goal from the 14-yard line situation, but Manziel picked up seven yards on a first-down keeper up the middle, then pitched back to Ben Malena on second down that went for a 7-yard touchdown.
Texas A&M leads Oklahoma, 14-13.
The Sooners will get the ball to start the second half.
Some stats to consider:
Passing: Manziel is 9 of 17 for 75 yards and a pick. Jones is 23 of 30 for 175 yards, one touchdown and a pick.
Rushing: Manziel has 7 carries for 113 yards and 2 TDs. OU’s Damien Williams has 34 yards on 10 carries. Ben Malena has 5 carries for 42 yards.
Total offense: Pretty even. Texas A&M has 258 yards. OU has 249. The Aggies, though, have had only 32 plays compared to OU’s 51.
SECOND QUARTER: 1:16 left.
It’s Texas A&M 14, Oklahoma 13.
The Sooners have answered Texas A&M’s touchdown drive with a touchdown drive of their own, a 13-play, 83-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard scoring pass from Landry Jones to Justin Brown on third-and-goal from the 6.
Oklahoma had an 18-play drive earlier.
SECOND QUARTER: 6:14 left.
It’s still Texas A&M 14, Oklahoma 6.
Johnny Manziel has scored his second touchdown of the night, a 5-yard keeper wide left.
The Aggies made quick work of their drive. There were only three plays that spanned 48 yards, and A&M took only 43 seconds to do it.
The drive was set up by Dustin Harris’ interception of a Landry Jones pass, and his subsequent 22-yard return.
Manziel hit Mike Evans for a nice gain right on the sideline on first down. Then Ben Malena carried for 23 yards down to the 5-yard line. Then Manziel scored.
SECOND QUARTER: 11:41 left.
It’s Texas A&M 7, Oklahoma 6.
The Sooners have pulled to within a point on Mike Hunnicutt’s 24-yard field goal.
He kicked a 23-yarder in the first quarter.
Still, if you’re Oklahoma, you’re not feeling good about the start of this Cotton Bowl.
The Sooners are having problems closing drives.
Case in point: this drive was 18 plays long, went 87 yards and took 7:26 off the game clock. And Oklahoma got three points out it.
A quick refresher on the first quarter:
Texas A&M took the opening kickoff and put together a strong drive, sparked by, who else, Johnny Manziel. Johnny F. slipped out of a bad backfield situation or two, and finished the drive with a nifty improvised run that made him tiptoe down the sideline, finishing with a hop into the end zone.
Officials reviewed the play, but he was clearly in.
The Sooners mounted a drive of their own that made it to the 1-yard line, but the Aggies stuffed them on three straight plays. Oklahoma settled for a field goal.