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Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Texas A&M Post-Game Notes

ABOUT THE WIN

The Aggies finish 2012 with an 11-2 record, which marks the fourth 11th win season in program history. A&M had 11 or more wins in 1939 (11), 1992 (12), 1998 (11).

It was Texas A&M's first win in the Cotton Bowl since 1988.

It was A&M second straight bowl victory, and improved A&M's all-time record to 15-19.

The Aggies completed their first perfect record away from Kyle Field since 1939 when they won the national championship with a perfect 11-0 record. A&M was 5-0 in road games and 2-0 in neutral site games.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin's personal "away from home" winning streak stretches to 13 games (6 at Houston, 7 at A&M).

Senior Class of 2012 finishes with 33-19 career record and two bowl wins.

Sumlin's record against ranked teams improved 7-3 for his career, including 4-2 in 2012.

The Southeastern Conference remains undefeated in Cowboys Stadium, and Texas A&M won its firstever game in Cowboys Stadium.

RECORD-SETTING AGGIES

The Aggies broke the SEC total offense record of 6,989 (14 games) set by the Cam Newton-led Auburn offense in 2010. A&M is the first SEC team to surpass 7,000 yards in a season with 7,261 yards in 13 games of action.

Similarily, the Aggies also surpassed the SEC's record for total offense per game of 534.4 set by Florida's Fun 'n' Gun offense in 1995. A&M averaged 558.5 total yards per game this season.

The Aggies broke school records for passing (316.5), scoring (44.5) and total offense (558.5) in 2012.

AMAZING MANZIEL

The Aggies' Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel fell just shy of becoming the second 300/200 player in NCAA FBS history with 287 passing yards and 229 rushing yards. He is the first 200/200 player in A&M and SEC history.

Manziel's 516 total yards broke the Cotton Bowl record of 407 by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss in 2009. It was Manziel's third 500-yard effort of 2012.

Manziel's 229 rushing yards breaks NCAA bowl record for rushing yards by a QB...old mark of 201 by Dwight Dasher of Middle Tenn State in 2009 New Orleans Bowl.

Manziel finished 2012 with a SEC record 5,116 total yards, which is also a NCAA freshman record. He is the only SEC player with more than 5,000 total yards in a season ever. His 5,116 total yards were the most ever by a Heisman Trophy winner (previous high was 5,022 by BYU's Ty Detmer in 1990).

Manziel led the NCAA in total yards per game (393.5) and cumulative total offense (5,116). His total yards rank No. 10 in NCAA FBS history and his average ranks No. 15.

Manziel's 3,706 passing yards in 2012 were the most-ever by a NCAA FBS player that also rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

Manziel became the sixth Aggie to be named Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP, while cornerback Dustin Harris became the eighth player to be named Defensive MVP.

MORE OFFENSIVE NOTABLES

The Aggies gained 633 total yards vs. OU, which was their fifth 600-yard effort of 2012. A&M gained at least 400 yards in the last 12 games of 2012.

A&M averaged 9.6 yards per play vs. OU, which broke the old Cotton Bowl record of 7.7 by Tennessee vs. Arkansas in 1990. A&M's 10.5 yards per rush broke the old CB record of 8.4 by Tennessee in 1990.

Texas A&M's 633 yards were a Cotton Bowl record, breakin the old mark of 578 by the Keyshawn Johnson-led USC squad that downed Texas Tech 55-14 in 1995 (final season of the Southwest Conference).

SWOPE, EVANS CATCHING ON

With catches tonight against Oklahoma, receivers Ryan Swope and Mike Evans caught at least one catch in every game this season. Swope's catch improved his career streak of at least one catch in a game to 45, just one shy of Jeff Fuller's school record of 46 from 2008-11.

Already the career receptions leader at Texas A&M, Swope added the school record for career receiving yards to his resume. Swope's 104 yards pushed him past Jeff Fuller's old record of 3,092 yards. Swope finishes his A&M career with 252 catches for 3,117 yards and his 24 touchdowns are No. 2 in school history.

Evans finished his first season of action with 82 catches for 1,105 yards, which both rank No. 2 in school history. Both were easily freshman records.

MANZIEL TAKES DOWN HILL'S FRESHMAN MARK

By halftime, QB Johnny Manziel had already surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark with 113 yards on seven carries. It was his seventh 100-yard rushing game, which breaks Greg Hill's freshman record of six from 1991.

MANZIEL'S 20TH

Johnny Manziel's first quarter TD scamper was his 20th of the season, broke the Aggies' season TD record of 19 originally set by Joel Hunt in 1927. Hunt's record was later matched by Darren Lewis in 1990, Jorvorskie Lane in 2006 and Manziel.

With his 20th rushing TD, Manziel became the fourth player in NCAA FBS history to rush for 20 or more touchdowns and pass for 20 or more scores in a single season, joining Florida's Tim Tebow (23 rushing, 32 passing in 2007), Auburn's Cam Newton (20 rushing, 30 passing in 2010) and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick (20 rushing, 21 passing in 2010). Manziel finished with 21 rushing TDs and 26 passing TDs.

FIRST QUARTER SUCCESS

Texas A&M scored first for the 18th straight game dating back to 2011 when QB Johnny Manziel scampered in from 23 yards out on the Aggies' first drive of the game.

It was the 10th straight game that the Aggies have scored a TD on its first drive of the game.

Oklahoma became the first team to score on the Aggies in the first quarter since Ole Miss in game 5 of 2012. In A&M's last eight games, the Aggies have outscored the opposition 120-3 in the first quarter. OU was just the third team to score on its initial offensive drive against the Aggies this season.

CAPTAINS, 12TH MAN

Game captains for the Aggies were: senior center Patrick Lewis, senior safety Steven Terrell, senior linebacker Sean Porter and senior wide receiver Ryan Swope. Texas A&m

Making his ninth 2012 start and 21th of his career at 12th Man was defensive back C.J. Jones, a senior from Klein Forest HS in Houston.
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