Oklahoma Sooners: Clarence McKinney

Instant analysis: Texas A&M 41, OU 13

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Another Cotton Bowl, another bad loss for the Big 12. Excluding current SEC member Missouri's win back in 2008, the Big 12 has lost the Cotton Bowl to an SEC opponent in eight consecutive seasons. Johnny Football put on a show after a month away and showed zero signs of rust and a zillion signs of being an endless source of frustration for Oklahoma's defense.

The Big 12 finished 4-5 in its nine bowl games, and the SEC improved to 4-3 in its bowl games. Let's take a look at some instant analysis for Texas A&M's 41-13 blowout win over the Sooners.

It was over when: Facing a fourth-and-5 late in the third quarter, Manziel hit Ryan Swope over the middle on a short slant. Swope shed a tackler and raced 33 yards to put the Aggies up, 34-13. That capped a run of three Oklahoma three-and-outs to begin the second half and spelled doom for the Sooners.

Game ball goes to: Johnny Manziel. I mean, who else? He broke the Cotton Bowl record for total yards with 516 and accounted for four touchdowns. It could have even been five, too, if not for Malcome Kennedy's bobbling a pass in the end zone that was eventually intercepted by Oklahoma's Javon Harris.

Stat of the game: Oklahoma averaged 4.8 yards per play. Texas A&M averaged 9.6 yards per play. It was really that simple in this one. Johnny Football made the Aggies dangerous on what seemed like every snap. Oklahoma's offense played well in the first half, but it rarely looked easy, and Texas A&M prevented the Sooners from breaking big plays. It also clamped down in the red zone.

Unsung hero of the game: Texas A&M's offensive line. Get a good, long look at Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews serving as bookends on this line. They might be gone soon, cashing big-time checks as NFL first-round picks. Mike Sherman had well-chronicled struggles, but the offensive line guru left some big beef for Manziel and the Aggies offense to operate behind. It showed tonight. Oklahoma rarely blitzed, for fear of Manziel running loose in the second level, but he had all day to throw and little pressure on most snaps.

What Texas A&M learned: Heisman jinx, December distractions, coaching changes, whatever. It all seemed pretty irrelevant in this game. Johnny Football looked like his usual self, if not better. He broke loose for 47 rushing yards on Texas A&M's opening drive and didn't slow down from there. Kliff Kingsbury checked out as Texas A&M's offensive coordinator, but Clarence McKinney had a solid performance in his debut as play-caller. Manziel insisted he wasn't distracted and that the whirlwind of awards and television appearances after winning the Heisman hadn't changed him. His performance validated those claims.

What Oklahoma learned: Just like Kansas State and Notre Dame, the Sooners were incapable of beating the elite teams in college football this year. A 10-3 season isn't bad, but it's not good enough at Oklahoma. The Sooners might not have even been happy going 1-2 in those losses, but 0-3 will leave a very bitter taste in their mouths thinking back on a season that was very average by the Sooners' sky-high standards. Any notion that it had a formula for stopping or even slowing down the Johnny Football train went out the window. He had his way with the Sooner defense, which tackled poorly, too.

Watch List TE Koda Martin talks top two 

December, 16, 2012
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HOUSTON -- ESPN Watch List tight end Koda Martin won't be attending the AT&T Cotton Bowl, but he'll be watching it closely. So closely that the Manvel (Texas) High School tight end joked with coaches from the Oklahoma and Texas A&M's staffs that the winner of the game would also be the winner of his services.

"It'll be a great game," Martin said. "I told both sets of recruiting coaches that whoever won, I'd commit to, just as a joke, kind of like flipping a coin. It'll be a good game and it'll be fun to watch."

While Martin meant the comment in jest, he is serious about those two schools. The Sooners and the Aggies are his top two at the moment and it appears he'll choose between the two when making the decision on his college destination.

"They're both just really great schools," Martin said while attending the Houston Touchdown Club's High School Awards Dinner on Thursday at the J.W. Marriott. "I feel like whoever I pick wouldn't be a bad decision. They're both great schools with great traditions. I like both of their coaching staffs and I like winning programs. OU has had a history of winning and A&M's doing great in the SEC right now, which is a great accomplishment. And both schools are just really good schools. Those are my top two right now."

Martin, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound prospect, plays tight end and defensive end for the Mavericks but plans for him at the next level could be at another position.

"A&M wants me at offensive tackle so I would definitely have to get bigger," Martin said. "But I have to get bigger for whatever position I play. OU wants me as a tight end, or if I grow into a tackle, then I can do that. Or maybe defensive end based on what they've seen on film this year. [The schools] are a little bit different position-wise but both schools are great programs with great schools and great college towns and great traditions. A&M's a little bit closer but both schools are good decisions."

Linebackers coach Tim Kish has been recruiting Martin for the Sooners.

"He's a great coach," Martin said. "I have a pretty good relationship with him and he's a really good recruiting coach and I feel like he's a pretty nice guy and I'm forming a good relationship with him."

Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney and offensive line coach B.J. Anderson are recruiting him for the Aggies.

"I'm still getting to know them a little bit," Martin said. "They're both great coaches too and are part of a great program. They recently offered me so I'm getting to know them more."

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