Thursday, January 3, 2013
Staff picks: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
By SoonerNation staff
Texas A&M 34, Oklahoma 31 Coach Bob Stoops has a dominating 11-2 record against Texas A&M, including an average victory margin of three touchdowns. These, however, are not the same Aggies the Sooners faced in the Big 12. Johnny Manziel and coach Kevin Sumlin have brought a new attitude to Texas A&M, and the Aggies will be motivated to prove this on the field against their ex-conference foe.
-- Jake Trotter
Oklahoma 42, Texas A&M 41 The Sooners pull the game out late thanks to a key defensive stop followed by another clutch drive led by Landry Jones. The senior quarterback ends his career with another game winning touchdown throw, this time to Sterling Shepard, as OU takes advantage of its depth at receiver. Jones passes for over 350 yards with four touchdown passes and Kenny Stills grabs the attention of NFL scouts with a 10-catch, 173-yard performance that includes two touchdowns. Johnny Football has a great day of his own, accounting for over 400 total yards, but can't make a key play down the stretch as the Sooners are able to get a stop against the Aggies when they need it most, setting up Jones' heroics.
-- Brandon Chatmon
Oklahoma 38, Texas A&M 31 OU quarterback Landry Jones goes out the way he wants -- "with a win, playing well." Sooners defense plays inspired after hearing all the talk about A&M's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Johnny Manziel and doesn't let him rattle off big numbers in the second half. Jones comes through in the fourth quarter with a late drive and finds Kenny Stills for the game-winning touchdown in what also proves to be Stills' final game as a Sooner.
-- Bob Przybylo