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Oklahoma football: Texas A&M's road to the Cotton Bowl

by Jason Kersey Published: December 8, 2012

Oct. 27 — Won 63-21 at Auburn

Manziel threw two touchdowns and rushed for three. Texas A&M led 42-0 at halftime in the rout, which ended up being the first of two Aggies wins in the state of Alabama.

Nov. 3 — Won 38-13 at No. 15 Mississippi State

Manziel racked up 311 passing yards and rushed for 129. The Aggies' offense accounted for 693 total yards, which was nearly 400 more than Mississippi State mustered.

Nov. 10 — Won 29-24 at No. 1 Alabama

Texas A&M led the Crimson Tide 20-0 after the first quarter, but the defending national champions wouldn't go down easily. A 54-yard Bama touchdown pass cut the Aggies' lead to five with six minutes remaining, and Alabama drove to A&M's 2-yard line with under two minutes remaining. But Deshazor Everett picked off Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the end zone on fourth-and-goal to all but seal the Aggies' stunning upset, which vaulted Manziel to Heisman Trophy contention. He rushed for 92 yards, and passed for 253 and two touchdowns.

Nov. 17 — Won 47-28 vs. Sam Houston State

Manziel became the first freshman in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 in one season in this win. He accounted for five total touchdowns; coach Kevin Sumlin let him attempt an extra-point kick, which he missed, in the second half.

Nov. 24 — Won 59-29 vs. Missouri

The two most recent Big 12 defectors met in both of their regular-season finales; Manziel and the Aggies rolled to a 42-7 halftime lead and easy victory, which wrapped up the freshman's Heisman Trophy campaign.