ARLINGTON, TX. —
“We couldn’t execute, much less do anything tonight,” OU senior David King said. “Johnny went out there and did everything that he has done all year. We had him contained and then all of a sudden he got away and makes a pinpoint throw.”
Oklahoma safety Javon Harris said A&M didn’t do anything differently that they hadn’t seen on film. But they were just not equipped to slow down the high-powered offense.
“We knew what kind of player he was,” Harris said. “Clearly, you saw what he did to the SEC all year. We knew exactly what we were going to get into, but we wanted to keep him in the pocket and it didn’t happen tonight.”
Oklahoma’s defensive line had been a liability most of the season. It was made worse when they came into the Cotton Bowl without starting defensive tackle Stacey McGee, who was suspended last week.
But regardless of who the Sooners could have put on the field, the A&M offensive line kept Manziel clean and out of danger. Several times he had six to seven seconds to scan the field looking for opening receivers due to a lack of pass rush from the OU front four. And that proved to be too much for someone of the caliber of Manziel.
“You can’t catch him with four,” Stoops said. “We are not the type of team that gets him with four. You are in a dilemma for almost 60 minutes trying to defend the guy. He’s a magical player and he just puts a lot of pressure on your defense across the board. He is just so difficult to contain.”