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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

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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