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.”
Your sixth interception of the year. Not one you had to go up for this time, it more came to you. What did you see?
“Well, Tony (Jefferson) tipped it, I believe. I just saw the ball and went and got it. I overplayed a route that the receiver was going to run and then he just cut off of me and then I just saw the ball. That's basically what I've been doing all year. I play safety, so for me it's about not letting balls get behind me, not letting receivers get behind me and just play my position.”
Were you beat on that?
“The receiver played off me. He even said the route that I broke on he was about to run and I went back and got him. I was beat. I got it.”
Your last game in the crimson and cream. How do you want to be remembered?
“Just a hard player, hard worker. I fought through a lot since I've been here. I never stopped. ... For me, I want people to know I grinded from my freshman year to my senior year and didn't stop and I earned everything that I got.”