The Norman Transcript


January 5, 2013

Start of second half turns sour for Sooners



“We did the best that we could,” defensive tackle Casey Walker said. “You didn’t see much of us rushing up the field from a defensive standpoint. Shoot, what can you say? There’s a reason why this guy won the Heisman.”

Manziel’s margin in the voting would have doubled if the voting were held Friday night.

Landry Jones, who made his 50th and final career start Friday night, threw for 278 yards and a 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Brown late in the second quarter at least gave the impression the Sooners had a chance.

It quickly ended in the third quarter. Manziel engineered three straight touchdown drives. OU didn’t get a first down until late in the third quarter.

By the time it did, the “Aggie War Hymn” was reaching a deafening level, followed by “S-E-C” chants.

Obviously a lot had changed since the last time OU and Texas A&M played. Just 13 months ago, OU rolled to a 16-point victory over the Aggies in their last meeting as conference rivals. It was OU’s eighth win in its last nine meetings against them.

History didn’t matter as 88,175 mostly maroon clad fans crammed in Cowboys Stadium.

“Came and played one of best games all year,” Manziel said.

OU gave up 633 total yards as the Aggies became the sixth opponent to rush for at least 200 yards. Texas A&M (11-2) finished with 326 on the ground with running backs Ben Melena and Trey Williams both accounting for rushing touchdowns. Most of it came in the second half.

The Sooners, who finished the season at 10-3, had a chance to break the game open in the first half. The Aggies only led 14-13 at the intermission because OU did a masterful job keeping Manziel on the sideline. It put together scoring drives of 16, 18 and 13 plays. The last was Jones’ touchdown pass to Brown. However, the previous ended in field goals of 23 and 24 yards by Michael Hunnicutt.

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