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Saturday, January 5th, 2013

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Records and Notes

Today’s attendance of 87,025 was the second largest crowd in history. The largest was the 88,175 fans that watched Ole Miss face Texas Tech in 2009.

Texas A&M’s 20 third quarter points are the second most scored in that frame in history. The record of 24 is held by Texas in 1998. It was tied for 10th most scored in any quarter.

The last time a Redshirt Freshman won Outstanding Player Honors in the Classic was in 1990 when Tennessee running back Chuck Webb and defensive back Carl Pickens were named MVP. Four true freshmen have won the award.

Freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, set the following AT&T Cotton Bowl records:

The most rushing yards for a quarterback – 229.

He is the fifth person to rush for over 200 yards and accumulated the fourth most rushing yards in history – 229.

His 13.5 yards per carry average is second behind Dicky Maegle’s 24.1 set in 1954.

His first half rushing total of 113 yards is the most of any QB in AT&T Cotton Bowl history and fourth most for any player.

He has more touchdowns (4) than any other Heisman winners to play in the Classic.

Manziel’s two rushing touchdowns ranked tied for second among quarterbacks in Cotton Bowl history. Bobby Layne had three rushing touchdowns for Texas in 1946.

Manziel established a record for most Total Yards for an individual player with 516. The previous mark of 407 (43 Rush, 364 Pass) was held by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2009.

Manziel’s 287 passing yards is seventh best. With 22 passing completions, he is tied for fifth and the 34 pass attempts places his in a tie for 10th.

He set a record for a Heisman winning quarterbacks playing in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with passing yards, passing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The only mark he did not eclipse was Doug Flutie’s 3 passing touchdowns.

The 24 points and four touchdowns he was responsible for (2 rush, 2 pass) is tied with five others (Ernie Lain, 1938; Craig Erickson, 1991; Tony Temple, 2008; Graham Harrell, 2009; Jordan Jefferson, 2011).

With Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel win tonight, Heisman Trophy winners have a record of 26-26 in bowl games including four-consecutive wins by the last four Heisman Trophy winners. Heisman Trophy winners are 4-4 in Cotton Bowl games played in the same season in which they won the Heisman Trophy.

OU’s Landry Jones shattered the record for most 1st half completions for a quarterback with 23.  The previous record was 15 by Rick Clausen of Tennessee in 2005.  His 30 attempts is also a first half record.

Landry’s 175 yards passing in the first half is 7th best all-time.

Landry Jones completed a record 10 straight passes in the first half. The previous mark of eight was held by three others (Bobby Layne, 1946; Tony Graziani, 1996; Clint Stoerner, 2000)

Jones’ 35 pass completions and 48 attempts are the second most in the Classic’s history. Graham Harrell had 36 and 58 respectively in 2009 for Texas Tech. His 278 passing yards is also eighth best.

SEC teams are 9-0 all time playing in Cowboys Stadium including 4-0 in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

The win was the first by Texas A&M in Cowboys Stadium after losing in their previous four games at the venue as a member of the Big 12.

SEC teams have won five-consecutive Cotton Bowl Classics (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).

Texas A&M’s highest average per play (total offense) of 9.6 shattered previous mark of 7.7 set by Tennessee in 1990.

The Aggies opening scoring drive was the 7th quickest (12:21 first quarter) in the Classic’s history.

Texas A&M became the 18th to score following the opening kickoff including the 12th touchdown scored on the game’s opening drive. The Aggies are the 42nd team to win after scoring first and 49th to preserve a halftime lead.

Both teams scored on their opening drives for the first time since 1994 when both Notre Dame and Texas A&M each scored a touchdown.

The 18-play scoring drive for Oklahoma that resulted in a field goal in the second quarter was tied for second longest scoring drive with three other Classics.

Texas A&M’s scored six touchdowns which is tied for second with Texas, 1946; Boston College, 1985; Miami, 1991 and Colorado 1996.

The Aggies four rushing touchdowns are tied second with Rice, 1954; Arkansas 1976; Notre Dame, 1978; Texas A&M 1986 and Missouri, 2008.

The 41 points scored by Texas A&M is tied for fifth with Penn State, 1975 and LSU, 2011.

The winning margin of 28 points (41-13) is tied for seventh Notre Dame, 1978 and Alabama, 1981.

Texas A&M had 28 first downs which is third best along with Notre Dame, 1993.

Oklahoma’s 27 first downs is tied for fifth with Texas, 1999.

The Sooners notched 17 passing first downs which is good for second behind Texas Tech (18) in 2009.

Texas A&M earned 14 passing first downs which ranks tied for fifth in Classic history tied with Navy, 1964, USC, 1995, Oklahoma State, 2004 and Ole Miss, 2009.

Both teams combined for the most passing attempts in history – 84 (49 Oklahoma, 35 Texas A&M). They also had the most pass completions – 58 (35 Oklahoma, 23 Texas A&M).

Both teams combined for the third fewest rushing attempts – 65 (34 Oklahoma, 31 Texas A&M).

The 585 total combined passing yards is third best (307 Texas A&M, 278 Oklahoma). The record is 656 (Texas Tech-Ole Miss, 2009).

The 149 total offensive plays is ninth best (83 Oklahoma, 66 Texas A&M).

The 55 combined first downs set a record (Texas A&M 28, Oklahoma 27), and eclipsed the previous mark of 50 (Texas-Notre Dame 1970).

Both teams combined for 31 passing first downs (OU 17, Texas A&M 14) sis second best behind the 32 set by Texas Tech-Ole Miss in 2009.

The 1,034 yards combined was the second most in AT&T Cotton Bowl history behind the 1,038 set when Arkansas faced Tennessee in 1990.

The 14-13 halftime score was a first in the Classic’s history.

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