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2013 Cotton Bowl: Who Will Shine: Freshman Heisman Winner or Mature Senior?


A sure to be exciting bowl game is the AT&T Cotton Bowl, starring Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Both teams finished 10-2, but TAMU has a not-so-secret weapon: a Heisman trophy winner. Quarterback Johnny “Football” Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the award. Manziel threw for 3419 yards, 24 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Manziel’s biggest accomplishment might not have to do with any of those stats. Manziel lead a team, fresh in the SEC, to beat the number one Alabama Crimson Tide in their own backyard, Bryant Denny Stadium. If that doesn’t show poise and maturity, I don’t know what does.

However, Oklahoma also has a powerful quarterback in Landry Jones, their own secret weapon. When you get down to the numbers, Jones had more yards (570 more to be exact) and 5 more touchdowns than Manziel, with only two more interceptions. Unlike Manziel, Jones is a senior and will be playing in his last game as a Sooner.

This game will come down to who steps up when the stage is set. TAMU has been known to win under those circumstances, case in point Alabama. Oklahoma had that opportunity when they played Notre Dame, but couldn’t capitalize. They are also just 2-2 against Top 25 teams. But one can expect a different motivation from Jones; he wants to end his Sooner career with a win.

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