Friday, January 4, 2013
Fast facts about Texas A&M's victory
By Scott Noll
Some fast facts as Texas A&M rolled to a 41-13 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night at Cowboys Stadium.
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel set a Cotton Bowl record with 516 total yards from scrimmage, breaking the old record of 407 with 3:55 remaining in the THIRD quarter. He finished with 287 passing yards (2 TDs) and 229 rushing yards (2 TDs).
Manziel's 229 rushing yards set an all-time FBS bowl record for QBs. It also was the fourth-best rushing performance in Cotton Bowl history, regardless of position. Fifth on the list -- former Texas running back Ricky Williams (202).
More Johnny Football: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Manziel became just the second player with 200-plus rushing yards and 200-plus passing yards in a bowl game. The other: Texas QB Vince Young in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
Manziel became just the fourth player in FBS history to rush for 20+ touchdowns and pass for 20+ touchdowns, joining Tim Tebow (Florida), Cam Newton (Auburn) and Colin Kaepernick (Nevada).
A&M became the first SEC school to surpass 7,000 yards of offense in a season, gaining 400+ yards in their final 12 games. The 599 yards against the Sooners set a Cotton Bowl record, breaking an 18-year-old mark set by Southern Cal (578) against Texas Tech in 1995.
The Aggies captured back-to-back bowl wins for the first time since the 1940 Sugar Bowl (14-13 over Tulane) and the 1941 Cotton Bowl (13-12 over Fordham).
Kevin Sumlin becomes the first A&M coach to win 11 games in his first season. D.X. Bible (1917) and R.C. Slocum (1989) won eight games.
The Aggies record 11 wins for the first time since 1998, when A&M finished 11-3 under Slocum.
With the Aggies' win, the SEC improves 28-18 in 46 all-time bowl matchups against Big 12 teams.
A&M improves to 5-8 in Cotton Bowl appearances dating to 1941, and 15-19 overall in bowl games. Only Texas (22 games) has appeared in more Cotton Bowls.
Teams from the state of Texas improved to 12-1 in bowl games over the past two seasons, with the only loss coming by TCU in this season's Holiday Bowl.