Sideline analyst Petros Papadakis said Manziel reminded him of former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon. “Gosh, he just doesn't get hit,” Papadakis said. “I have never seen a guy get a clean shot. … This guy has field awareness like (former Chicago Bears running back) Gale Sayers.”
*OU quarterback Landry Jones earned praise from Davis for scrambling on his 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Brown late in the first half, which cut the lead to 14-13. “How 'bout Landry Jones getting outside the chaos of the pocket, extending the play and picking up the touchdown with his arm. … The evolution of Landry Jones this year, increasing the pocket.”
*After the Belldozer formation was stopped in the first quarter, Davis said it was an indication of the SEC's more physical play than the Big 12. “You know what I think we saw on that first goal-line stand, the value of SEC football for Texas A&M. The Belldozer package, heavy package, they see that a lot in the SEC. Big guys running the ball in short-yardage situations, they work against that almost every week now.”
*Both Johnson and Davis said they thought bruising fullback Trey Millard was underused in OU's offense. “I think Trey Millard is a terrific weapon who appears to deserve more touches,” Davis said.
*On several occasions, Davis noted the Sooners' dismal offensive in the second half. After a delay-of-game penalty, he said, “Right now this Oklahoma team is struggling in all aspects, trying to get something done.”
*Both announcers marveled at Cowboys Stadium. “You got to get to this stadium,” Johnson said, “one of the most incredible spectacles that you'll see.” Davis: “It's awesome even when it's not filled.”