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January 5, 2013

Records smashed at Cotton Bowl

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ARLINGTON, Texas —

Second half adjustment: OU center Gabe Ikard said the defensive wrinkle the Aggies threw at them in the second half was a simple one.

“They went to a three-man front on us,” he said. “Couldn’t run the ball well enough. Basically the same thing Notre Dame did against us.”

The Sooners rushed for 123 yards, but only 49 came in the second half.

Need a runner: If OU didn’t know an athletic quarterback can terrorize a defense, it did by the end of the third quarter. With Jones leaving for the NFL, OU’s days of having a true pocket passing quarterback are over as well. The Sooners will head into next season with Blake Bell, Drew Allen, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight competing for the starting job. All have the ability to make plays outside the pocket.

“Guys that have the ability to extend plays is something that we look for in recruiting quarterbacks,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said.

The value was obvious Friday.

Beware of the SEC: Friday marked the ninth time an SEC team has played at Cowboys Stadium. Teams from the league are now 9-0, including four straight wins in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

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