“We never doubted ourselves,” Sumlin said. ‘Everybody acts like I didn't know what we were getting into when I took the job. We were already in the SEC. We weren't coming into the league to play games. We were coming in to try to win this league.”
But the offense in the Cotton Bowl wasn't the exact same offense the Aggies had used all season.
With Kliff Kingsbury having left Texas A&M to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech, Clarence McKinney took over the play-calling duties.
The results were the same — lots of Manziel yards on the ground and through the air and lots of A&M points — but the method was slightly different.
“There was a little bit more misdirection,” Sumlin said. “Continuity is important for what we do. Him calling plays tonight, obviously you can call plays randomly but unless players believe in it, it doesn't really matter.”
The result was A&M turning in one of its most dominant performances of the season and its showcase player turning in another spectacular game.
“We came and played one of our best games all year today,” Manziel said. “I'm not really worried about the future and all that right now. I'm really enjoying this.”