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SEC bowl preview: Cotton Bowl

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No. 9 Texas A&M (10-2) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2)

Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m. ET

Cowboys Stadium (71,167) • Arlington, Texas

TV: Fox (Gus Johnson, play-by-play; Charles Davis, analyst; Julie Alexandria, sidelines)

 

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (10-2, 6-2 SEC) 

Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin (Purdue ‘88)

Overall/Years: 45-18 (.714) / Fifth Season 

TAMU/Years: First Season

In Bowl Games: 1-1 (.500)

National Rankings: BCS (9th); Harris (9th); USA Today (9th); AP (10th)

TAMU Bowl Appearances: 33

TAMU Bowl Record: 14-19 (.424)

TAMU Bowl Streak: Won 1 [Last: Def. Northwestern 33-22; 2011 Meinecke Texas Bowl] 

Formations: Offense - Multiple • Defense - Multiple 4-3

 

KEY PLAYERS 

QB Johnny Manziel (6-1, 200, Fr., Kerrville, Texas)

Manziel has completed 273 of his 400 passes this year, for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing only 8 interceptions. Additionally, he has rushed 184 times for 1,181 net yards (6.4 yards per carry) with 19 rushing touchdowns. Manziel broke the SEC record with 4,600 yards of total offense (previously held by 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton).

OL Luke Joeckel (6-6, 310, Jr., Arlington, Texas)

Joeckel is the first Aggie offensive lineman to earn All-America honors since Mike Arthur in 1990. He is also the first Aggie to ever win the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top interior lineman. Joeckel helped clear the way for an offense that led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and gained 400 or more yards in the final 11 games of the 2012 regular season.

DE Damontre Moore (6-4, 250, Jr., Rowlett, Texas)

Moore is tied for No. 2 nationally with 12.5 quarterback sacks and tied for third with 20 tackles for loss. He leads the team in tackles with 80, and is on pace to become just the third defensive lineman to lead the Aggies in tackles in the last 40 years. Moore is the team leader in tackles, solo tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, QB hurries and blocked kicks.

WR Mike Evans (6-5, 218, Fr., Galveston, Texas)

Evans led the Aggies with 75 catches for 1,022 yards, which were both freshman records. His 75 catches rank No. 2 in school history and his 1,022 yards rank No. 3 in the overall record book. Evans ranked No. 3 in receptions and fourth in receiving yards in the SEC.

 

OKLAHOMA SOONERS (10-2, 8-1 BIG 12) 

Head Coach: Bob Stoops (Iowa '82)

Overall/Years: 149-36 (.805)/14th season

OU/Years: Same

National Rankings: BCS (11th); Harris (11th); USA Today (11th); AP (12th)

OU Bowl Appearances: 45

OU Bowl Record: 27-17-1 (.611)

 

KEY PLAYERS 

S Tony Jefferson (5-11, 212, Jr., Chula Vista, Calif.)

Ranks fourth in the nation among defensive backs with 113 tackles, a total that leads all Oklahoma defenders and ranks second in the Big 12. He needs eight more tackles to surpass Rodney Rideau (120 in 1999) for the most tackles accumulated by a Sooners defensive back in a season.

QB Landry Jones (6-4, 218, Sr., Artesia, N.M.)

Jones owns the most victories (39) of any quarterback in OU history, and is also the Big 12's all-time leader in passing yards (16,368) and total offense (16,000 yards).

DL David King (6-5, 286, Sr., Houston, Texas)

King earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors and was also an All-Big 12 Second Team pick as selected by the conference's coaches. Has 2.5 sacks, 2.0 TFLs and 5 QB hurries on the season.

OL Gabe Ikard (6-3, 288, Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Has started 11 games at center for the Sooners this season. He has played an integral role for an Oklahoma squad that captured a share of an eighth Big 12 championship and an offense that ranks fifth in the nation in passing offense (341.3 yards per game) and 10th in total offense (505.9 ypg). First OU player since Brian Bosworth in 1986 to receive Academic All-America First Team accolades. In addition to 4.0 GPA, also named First Team All-Big 12.

 

SERIES/GAME NOTES

Record: Oklahoma leads, 19-11 

Last: Oklahoma, 41-25 (2011 at Norman)

SERIES: The long series between the Aggies and Sooners dates back to the first meeting in 1902, and Oklahoma holds a 19-11 advantage in the overall series between the two schools... The two teams split the two most recent meetings with the Aggies winning 33-19 in College Station in 2010 and the Sooners winning 41-25 in Norman, Okla., in 2011.

GAME NOTES: The Aggies, under the leadership of head coach Kevin Sumlin, finished the regular season with a 10-2 overall record, marking its first 10-win season since 1998 and the 12th in program history... A&M was 6-2 in its first season in the SEC, which tied for second in the Western division... The Sooners also finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, and claimed a share of the Big 12 Championship with an 8-1 record... It will be a matchup of two top 11 teams in the Bowl Championship Series standings with the Aggies checking in at No. 9 and the Sooners ranking No. 11...It was the Aggies’ fourth straight year with a bowl invitation, and the 34th in school history... A&M’s most recent appearance in the Cotton Bowl was the 2011 Classic when the Aggies fell to LSU, 41-24... Six current Aggies – seniors Patrick Lewis, Uzoma Nwachukwu, Sean Porter and Ryan Swope and juniors Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews – started against the Tigers and a total of 19 current players saw action in the game... Texas A&M is 4-8 in its pre- vious 12 Cotton Bowl appearances, with the most recent victory being a 35-10 win over Notre Dame in the 1988 Classic. The Aggies played in the Cotton Bowl in 1941, 1942, 1968, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2005 and 2011. It will be the Aggies’ 16th appearance in a traditional New Year’s Day bowl game.

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