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January 5, 2013

Start of second half turns sour for Sooners

ARLINGTON, Texas — Only 15 minutes ran off the clock, but the time passed in much different ways for Oklahoma and Texas A&M. It was like 15 seconds of tranquility for the Aggies. Everything they tried worked to perfection. For Oklahoma, it was a nightmare that seemed like 15 years of agonizing futility.

It was the third quarter. It was when a one-point game erupted into 41-13 Sooner loss to Texas A&M in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic at Cowboys Stadium.

How lopsided was it?

It was like the novice skier against an avalanche. Texas A&M rolled downhill for 20 unanswered points. The Sooners were engulfed in the process.

“In the second half, it totally broke down offensively and defensively. Defense couldn’t get off the field,” said OU coach Bob Stoops after his bowl record dropped to 7-7 and his program’s three-year bowl winning streak was snapped.

“We had guys plenty of times in position to make a play. Couldn’t make a play. That’s just where we are. They totally outplayed us in every way.”

The Aggies were nothing like the team OU dominated during their 16 years as conference rivals. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 229 and two more scores en route to offensive MVP honors.

“We couldn’t execute, much less do anything tonight,” OU defensive lineman David King said. “Johnny went out there and did everything that he has done all year. We had him contained and then all of a sudden he got away and makes a pinpoint throw.”

It was a showcase event for Manziel, but he wasn’t the only Aggie playing at a much higher level than the Sooners.

The battle between OU’s defensive line and Texas A&M’s offensive line could mildly be described as lopsided. Manziel had all the time he needed to throw and those rushing yards came on just 17 carries.

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