ARLINGTON — Senior safety Javon Harris' end zone interception was one of the very few defensive highlights for Oklahoma Friday night. It was also one of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel's few mistakes.
Harris says safety Tony Jefferson tipped the pass that went through the hands of Texas A&M's Malcome Kennedy before he intercepted it, holding the A&M lead at 7-6 in the second quarter. It would be the last time the Sooners denied Manziel in the red zone.
A&M racked up 516 yards in total offense. Here's what Harris had to say about Oklahoma's defensive effort in his last game as a Sooner:
You can prepare as much as you want for a guy like Johnny Manziel, but what was it like playing against him that makes him so difficult?
“You've just got to count for him. If you don't count for him, especially as a DB you've got to guard your receivers first and then you've got to worry about a quarterback that can run and get out loose. He's almost like a running back so it's one thing to say we didn't prepare. We prepared and we had a good enough game plan, but we just got outplayed and out coached.”
A quarterback like that, is that one of the toughest things for a defense to stop?
“Definitely. Run and pick your defense apart, you've got to account for him and if you don't he'll beat you. That's exactly what happened tonight.”
You guys, as a team, got very few penalties. That part you succeeded on, but the rest?
“You've got to give it to them. They outplayed us. Out-coached us. We thought we had a good game plan for them and he just beat us. Whenever you can just sit back there and take off running, he did that all year this year to every team. He can sit back there seven, eight seconds and as a DB you don't know what's going to happen. Receivers can start running up the field, down the field and then you've just got to kind of lock on and just find guys open. He makes plays with his feet. He's not a Heisman winner for no reason and he made great plays tonight.”