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Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M's 2010 win stands out in an otherwise lopsided rivalry with OU

COTTON BOWL — Oklahoma-Texas A&M was a one-sided rivalry in its Big 12 days, with the exception of 2010 — a victory some Aggies remember well.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 3, 2013

But A&M traditionally has played much more sloppily than has OU. In the previous five OU-A&M games, the Aggies have committed 16 turnovers to OU's three and have averaged 71 penalty yards. That's losing football.

“Just shooting ourselves in the foot,” Lamothe said. “Turnovers, penalties. Whatever games we lose, it's usually turnovers and penalties. Luckily, we've been able to take advantage of that in a few games. This year, the games we did win, like Alabama, we didn't have a lot of turnovers and penalties.”

Said Swope, “What it comes down to, just not beating yourself. Penalties. Taking care of the ball. No turnovers. Doing the little things that win football games. That's going to be crucial for us on Friday.”

A&M almost always has been led by a talented quarterback. Ryan Tannehill, Jerrod Johnson, Reggie McNeal, Stephen McGee. But now the Aggies have Johnny Manziel, the redshirt freshman phenom who won the Heisman Trophy.

“We're looking forward to trying it out with this new offense we've got and how much success we've had with it,” said A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews. “They're a great team. That's for sure. They have a lot of great athletes. Guys that can rush the pass and get all around the field.”

The Aggies, despite their avowed affinity for the SEC, still talk glowingly about their old adversary.

“They're an athletic bunch,” Joeckel said. “They get a lot of athletes at every position. They're a lot like an SEC defense.

“They've got a lot of confidence in the Big 12. They're a very confident group. They've won for a long time. They kind of bring that intimidation factor, because they've won for so long.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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