For those who doubted that Johnny Manziel could continue his magical season as quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies, the Heisman Trophy winner must have removed any doubt with his incredible performance in the 2013 Cotton Bowl, resulting in a 41-13 romp over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Manziel was unstoppable, accounting for over 500 yards of total offense. Not as a team, but by himself. Manziel completed 22 of 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing 17 times for 229 yards and two more scores. He was simply unstoppable.
The rushing yards were a record by a quarterback in a bowl game. Throughout the entire game, the frustration grew by the minute for the Sooners’ defense. By the end, the Stoops’ brothers could do nothing more than throw their hands up in the air, as to ask, what else could we have done?
Head coach Bob Stoops admitted as much after the game, telling reporters what he told Manziel after the blowout victory in Arlington.
“Johnny Manziel is everything he was billed to be, expected him to be,” said Stoops, who after the game shook the quarterback’s hand and told him “good job.”
The bottom line is that there was nothing that any team could have done last night to stop Manziel and the Aggies. Not Alabama. Not Notre Dame. Not the 2001 Miami Hurricanes.
If you didn’t think that Manziel deserved to win the Heisman before last night, the Cotton Bowl performance of a lifetime should have changed your opinion.