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January 5, 2013

Records smashed at Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel rewrote the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic record book with his performance in Oklahoma’s 41-13 loss.

Manziel’s 229 rushing yards were the most by a quarterback in the bowl’s 77-year history and his 516 total yard smashed the old record of 407 set by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2009.

OU quarterback Landry Jones put himself in the record book as well. He shattered the record for first half completions with 23. He also completed 10 straight passes during the stretch breaking the previous mark of eight.

Millard will return: OU fullback Trey Millard said he will return for his senior season following the game. He along with safety Tony Jefferson, cornerback Aaron Colvin and wide receiver Kenny Stills are all contemplating entering the NFL draft and forgoing their seasons.

Millard rushed for 28 yards and had one reception for six yards. Stills had seven catches for 67 yards. Colvin led the Sooners with nine tackles. Jefferson finished with six.

Colvin, Jefferson and Stills did not talk to reporters after the game.

Praise for Jones: Jones finished his career Friday night as the Sooners’ passing leader in every career category.

“He’s been an incredibly positive influence on the football team in every way, on the field, off the field, great worker. Close with everybody,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “We’ll miss him. He’s been a great, great player. He threw a lot of great balls out there tonight.”

Didn’t work: OU wanted to keep Manziel in the pocket and force him to throw out of it. Obviously, it didn’t work. Manziel did just about all of his damage outside of it.

The Sooners rushed all night with their front-four and rarely blitzed. They had no sacks.

“Guys that do get some pressure, when it’s a four-man rush, he takes off and runs because they’ve got five guys blocking four,” Stoops said. “You’re trying to get pressure and come underneath on an outside rush, then he aborts it and either waits and throws it downfield or takes off and runs for 40.”

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