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Oklahoma football: Fox turns second half into Johnny Football lovefest

COTTON BOWL REMOTE PATROL — The only thing that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel didn't succeed in during Fox's Cotton Bowl broadcast Friday night was a fan poll on whether he would win another Heisman Trophy, losing out 66-34 percent.
by Mel Bracht Published: January 5, 2013

/articleid/3743464/1/pictures/1921623">Photo - Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2) reacts after a touchdown during the college football Cotton Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas A&M University Aggies (TXAM) at Cowboy's Stadium on Friday Jan. 4, 2013, in Arlington, Tx. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2) reacts after a touchdown during the college football Cotton Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas A&M University Aggies (TXAM) at Cowboy's Stadium on Friday Jan. 4, 2013, in Arlington, Tx. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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.”

Short takes

*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.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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