Aggies Roll to 41-13 Cotton Bowl Victory
 

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Johnny Manziel tiptoed the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown on Texas A&M's first drive of the game.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback known as Johnny Football and the 10th-ranked Aggies were just getting warmed up in the Cotton Bowl. There were plenty more highlights after that nifty run.

In his first game since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman, Manziel set a Cotton Bowl-record with 516 total yards and accounted for four TDs as the Aggies capped their first SEC season with a 41-13 win over 12th-ranked Oklahoma on Friday night.

With first-year coach Kevin Sumlin and their young star quarterback, the Aggies (11-2) fit right in with the SEC after leaving the Big 12. They broke the SEC record with their 7.261 total yards this season (the first over 7,000 after 633 in Cowboys Stadium). They also averaged more than 40 points a game.

And they capped their debut season with an overwhelming victory in the only postseason game matching teams from those power conferences. It is the Aggies' first 11-win season since 1998, when they won their only Big 12 title.

The chants of "S-E-C!, S-E-C!" began after Manziel's 33-yard TD pass to Ryan Swope with 4 minutes left in the third quarter for a 34-13 lead. They got louder and longer after that.

Texas A&M led by only a point at halftime, but scored on its first three drives of the second half -- on drives of 91 and 89 yards before Swope's score on a fourth-and-5 play.

Oklahoma (10-3), which like the Aggies entered the game with a five-game winning streak, went three-and-out on its first three drives after halftime.

SEC teams have won the last five Cotton Bowls, all against Big 12 teams, and nine out of 10. That included Texas A&M's loss to LSU only two years ago.

Manziel set an FBS bowl record with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries, and completed 22 of 34 passes for 287 yards.

Oklahoma, led by quarterback Landry Jones in his 50th career start, had only 312 total yards as a team.

Jones completed 35 of 48 passes for 278 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He won 39 games and three bowls for the Sooners, in a career that started on the same field in the 2009 season opener when he replaced injured Heisman winner Sam Bradford in the first college game played at Cowboys Stadium.

Already with a 24-yard gain on an earlier third down, the Aggies had third-and-9 on their opening drive when Manziel rolled to his left and took off. When he juked around a defender and got near the sideline, he tiptoed to stay in bounds and punctuated his score with a high-step over the pylon for a quick lead.

Officials reviewed the touchdown play, but it was clear by the replay shown on the huge video screen above the Cowboys Stadium field that Manziel stayed in bounds.

Manziel added a 5-yard TD run on a bootleg play in the second quarter, and capped the scoring with a 34-yard pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu with 9 minutes left in the game.

The first TD run was Manziel's school-record 20th of the season. He became only the fourth FBS quarterback with 20 TDs rushing and 20 passing in the same season.

The other 20-20 quarterbacks were Auburn's Cam Newton and Florida's Tim Tebow, who like Manziel are Heisman winners from the SEC, and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick.

Manziel set an SEC record with 4,600 yards in the regular season, and just added to that in his 13th career game.

Oklahoma needed drives of 16 and 18 plays to get a pair of field goals by Michael Hunnicutt (23 and 24 yards). Jones threw a 6-yard TD pass to Justin Brown just before halftime to make it 14-13.

Jones set Cotton Bowl records when he had 23 completions and 30 attempts (for 175 yards) by halftime.

Ben Malena (7 yards) and Trey Williams (30 yards) had the TD runs to cap the long scoring drives in the third quarter for the Aggies.

Manziel was picked off in the second quarter after his bootleg move and a throw that hit Malcome Kennedy in the hands in the end zone and deflected into the air. Javon Harris grabbed the interception.

The Sooners then crossed midfield before Jones had a pass intercepted by Dustin Harris and returned to the Oklahoma 48.

That A&M drive started with a little trickery, Manziel holding the ball down in his left hand while faking a throw with his right hand. He then pitched to Kenric McNeal, who threw a 20-yard pass to Mike Evans.

Malena then had a 23-yard run before Manziel's bootleg run for a 5-yard TD.

Oklahoma was in the Cotton Bowl for only the second time. It was the first bowl matchup between the former Big 12 rivals, but the 17th consecutive season they have played each other.

The Sooners had won 11 of 13 since Bob Stoops became their coach. That included a 77-0 Oklahoma win in 2003 that was the most-lopsided loss in Texas A&M history.

Sumlin was the A&M offensive coordinator in 2002 when the Aggies upset the top-ranked Sooners. The next year, Sumlin was hired by Stoops as an assistant, and he stayed there five seasons before going to Houston as head coach and then the Aggies.

Post-Game Notes

About the Win
• The Aggies finish 2012 with an 11-2 record, which marks the fourth 11th win season in program history. A&M had 11 or more wins in 1939 (11), 1992 (12), 1998 (11).
• It was Texas A&M’s first win in the Cotton Bowl since 1988.
• It was A&M second straight bowl victory, and improved A&M’s all-time record to 15-19.
• The Aggies completed their first perfect record away from Kyle Field since 1939 when they won the national championship with a perfect 11-0 record. A&M was 5-0 in road games and 2-0 in neutral site games.
• Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s personal “away from home” winning streak stretches to 13 games (6 at Houston, 7 at A&M).
• Senior Class of 2012 finishes with 33-19 career record and two bowl wins.
• Sumlin’s record against ranked teams improved 7-3 for his career, including 4-2 in 2012.
• The Southeastern Conference remains undefeated in Cowboys Stadium, and Texas A&M won its first-ever game in Cowboys Stadium.

Record-Setting Aggies
• The Aggies broke the SEC total offense record of 6,989 (14 games) set by the Cam Newton-led Auburn offense in 2010. A&M is the first SEC team to surpass 7,000 yards in a season with 7,261 yards in 13 games of action.
• Similarily, the Aggies also surpassed the SEC’s record for total offense per game of 534.4 set by Florida’s Fun ‘n’ Gun offense in 1995. A&M averaged 558.5 total yards per game this season.
• The Aggies broke school records for passing (316.5), scoring (44.5) and total offense (558.5) in 2012.

Amazing Manziel
• The Aggies’ Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel fell just shy of becoming the second 300/200 player in NCAA FBS history with 287 passing yards and 229 rushing yards. He is the first 200/200 player in A&M and SEC history.
• Manziel’s 516 total yards broke the Cotton Bowl record of 407 by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss in 2009. It was Manziel’s third 500-yard effort of 2012.
• Manziel’s 229 rushing yards breaks NCAA bowl record for rushing yards by a QB…old mark of 201 by Dwight Dasher of Middle Tenn State in 2009 New Orleans Bowl.
• Manziel’s 229 rushing yards was also a Texas A&M single game quarterback record, eclipsing the old mark of 182 set by David Walker in 1977 against SMU.
• Manziel finished 2012 with a SEC record 5,116 total yards, which is also a NCAA freshman record. He is the only SEC player with more than 5,000 total yards in a season ever. His 5,116 total yards were the most ever by a Heisman Trophy winner (previous high was 5,022 by BYU’s Ty Detmer in 1990).
• Manziel led the NCAA in total yards per game (393.5) and cumulative total offense (5,116). His total yards rank No. 10 in NCAA FBS history and his average ranks No. 15.
• Manziel’s 3,706 passing yards in 2012 were the most-ever by a NCAA FBS player that also rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
• Manziel became the sixth Aggie to be named Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP, while cornerback Dustin Harris became the eighth player to be named Defensive MVP.

More Offensive Notables
• The Aggies gained 633 total yards vs. OU, which was their fifth 600-yard effort of 2012. A&M gained at least 400 yards in the last 12 games of 2012.
• A&M averaged 9.6 yards per play vs. OU, which broke the old Cotton Bowl record of 7.7 by Tennessee vs. Arkansas in 1990. A&M’s 10.5 yards per rush broke the old CB record of 8.4 by Tennessee in 1990.
• Texas A&M’s 633 yards were a Cotton Bowl record, breakin the old mark of 578 by the Keyshawn Johnson-led USC squad that downed Texas Tech 55-14 in 1995 (final season of the Southwest Conference).

Swope, Evans Catching On
• With catches tonight against Oklahoma, receivers Ryan Swope and Mike Evans caught at least one catch in every game this season. Swope’s catch improved his career streak of at least one catch in a game to 45, just one shy of Jeff Fuller’s school record of 46 from 2008-11.
• Already the career receptions leader at Texas A&M, Swope added the school record for career receiving yards to his resume. Swope’s 104 yards pushed him past Jeff Fuller’s old record of 3,092 yards. Swope finishes his A&M career with 252 catches for 3,117 yards and his 24 touchdowns are No. 2 in school history.
• Evans finished his first season of action with 82 catches for 1,105 yards, which both rank No. 2 in school history. Both were easily freshman records.

Manziel Takes Down Hill’s Freshman Mark
• By halftime, QB Johnny Manziel had already surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark with 113 yards on seven carries. It was his seventh 100-yard rushing game, which breaks Greg Hill’s freshman record of six from 1991.

Manziel’s 20th
• Johnny Manziel’s first quarter TD scamper was his 20th of the season, broke the Aggies’ season TD record of 19 originally set by Joel Hunt in 1927. Hunt’s record was later matched by Darren Lewis in 1990, Jorvorskie Lane in 2006 and Manziel.
• With his 20th rushing TD, Manziel became the fourth player in NCAA FBS history to rush for 20 or more touchdowns and pass for 20 or more scores in a single season, joining Florida’s Tim Tebow (23 rushing, 32 passing in 2007), Auburn’s Cam Newton (20 rushing, 30 passing in 2010) and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick (20 rushing, 21 passing in 2010). Manziel finished with 21 rushing TDs and 26 passing TDs.

First Quarter Success
• Texas A&M scored first for the 18th straight game dating back to 2011 when QB Johnny Manziel scampered in from 23 yards out on the Aggies’ first drive of the game.
• It was the 10th straight game that the Aggies have scored a TD on its first drive of the game.
• Oklahoma became the first team to score on the Aggies in the first quarter since Ole Miss in game 5 of 2012. In A&M’s last eight games, the Aggies have outscored the opposition 120-3 in the first quarter. OU was just the third team to score on its initial offensive drive against the Aggies this season.

Captains, 12th Man
• Game captains for the Aggies were: senior center Patrick Lewis, senior safety Steven Terrell, senior linebacker Sean Porter and senior wide receiver Ryan Swope. Texas A&m
• Making his ninth 2012 start and 21th of his career at 12th Man was defensive back C.J. Jones, a senior from Klein Forest HS in Houston.

Post-Game Quotes

THE MODERATOR:  We're joined by Coach Sumlin. We'll let you make an opening statement.

COACH SUMLIN:  You know, my voice is about gone.  But these guys I think tonight was really indicative of this season.  It's one of the teams I thought in the country that truly got better every week.  We didn't always do everything right all the time, but I don't think there was ever a game this year where these guys didn't play with tremendous effort.

That's a credit to these guys.  You know, players play and coaches coach.  I think every week these guys understood what the plan was and they went out and executed it at a high level and played with a lot of energy.

We were excited to play tonight.  I think the energy in the building helped.  What a great crowd.  Just loud.  We fortunately in big-time situations, these guys have handled that all year.  Like I said, this game is really indicative of how we've played all season.
THE MODERATOR:  We'll take questions.

Q.  Coach, how critical was the stretch at the start of the second half where you forced two punts, scored two touchdowns?
COACH SUMLIN:  We made some adjustments, huh?  You guys are usually on us about that.
The way we play football, I know it's foreign to a lot of people when you're in a no‑huddle.  We really don't care about time of possession.  What we do care about is third‑down conversion.  People still think I'm crazy for that, but that's where we are.  Turnovers, penalties and third‑down conversion.

First half, I think Oklahoma was 7 of 9 on third down.  That allowed them to most of the football.  Were they 0‑3 in the third quarter on third‑down conversions which allowed us to get the football and do something with it.

Again, both teams made plays.  But I think the difference in the third quarter was our defense being able to hold up on third down, get off the field and us to convert offensively on third down.

Q.  Coach, can you speak to the contribution of Clarence McKinney stepping in for Kliff Kingsbury who moved on to a brighter future?
COACH SUMLIN:  I don't know how many weeks in a row we've scored on the opening drive.  Our guys are used to it.  I think everybody was a little nervous whenever there's a change.

I said weeks ago that Clarence has been in this offense for five years.  There's a direction that we wanted to go.  If we had hired someone, they would have had to learn what we do in two weeks.

I think you could see there was a little bit of different change, a little bit more misdirection.  We had some time to work on some things in a bowl‑preparation mode.

Clarence, you go back to his days of being the OC at Booker T, when I first met him, at North Shore, then being the head coach at Yates.  He's been in all those things, understands what we're doing.

Our players executed.  Continuity is important for what we do.  Our guys have a lot of confidence in all of our coaches.  To me, change wasn't necessary at that point.  I think Clarence and our whole offensive staff did a great job.

Him calling plays tonight, obviously you can call plays randomly, but unless the players believe in it, doesn't really matter.  These guys executed and made the plays, but I thought he did an excellent job this evening.

Q.  229 yards on the ground, two touchdowns through the air, where do you rank this on Johnny's games this season?
RYAN SWOPE:  I think offensively, guys just bought into the system.  We knew what we had to accomplish tonight.  The coaches put us in a good situation.  We had trust in them.

Offensively, we went in at halftime, made some adjustments and knew that guys had to step up and make plays.  Everyone just bought in.  It was real fun.

Obviously, Johnny had a great night.  The offensive line gave him protection.  Everyone came out and played and knew what was at stake.

JOHNNY MANZIEL:  As far as an offensive standpoint for me, this is the kind of a game that turned the page again.  Asked me questions earlier in the year about what game made it all click.  There was the Arkansas game, and this game tonight made me flashback to that.

The coaches did a great job of putting a great game plan together.  Everybody was talking about, You guys have this much time to scheme up y'all.  Well, we have this much time to scheme up OU as well, so people didn't really give us enough credit for that.

They did a great job of putting a good game plan together.  And really the offensive line, the receivers, everybody went out and executed tonight.  It was a great night for the offense.

Q.  Johnny, this is officially the last stop of your freshman season.  Can you comment on that and how it feels looking ahead of you, what you hope to accomplish.
JOHNNY MANZIEL:  It's been crazy.  It's been a rollercoaster to see how things have played out from the first game to where they are now, and what things have played out in my life as well as everybody on this team, how we've progressed as a team, how we've continued to get better every week.

Came and played one of our best games all year today.  I'm not really worried about the future and that right now.  I'm really enjoying this.  Some of the seniors, the last time they'll get to be in the locker room with all of us.  Just enjoying the time with all these guys, that's what my main focus is.

Q.  Coach, considering how well y'all are playing right now, is there any part of you that asks what if college football had a playoff?
COACH SUMLIN:  No.  We know what the rules were before the season.  It's all set up that way.  When the rules change, then there's time to talk about that.

Everybody's playing under the same rules before the season.  You have your schedule.  You play your games.  You try to win 'em all.  That's the way college football is set up right now.  That means that every game you play is important.  Every game that you win gets you closer to that.  One loss or two losses, depending on who you played, can change your season.

The way things are set up now, no, there's no reason to look back and ask that.  When that format changes, as a coach, as a team, you try to play your way into that playoff system.  Obviously that will be a goal when that changes.

As for now, you know, the rules are the rules.  We get that.  We know that before the year.

Q.  Can we go back to the beginning of the third quarter.  You said you made some adjustments.  Did you make some changes, what were the adjustments on offense?
COACH SUMLIN:  Did we punt one time in the first half?  We didn't have the ball.  I mean, we scored.  We had the yard differential at halftime even though we only had the ball maybe nine minutes or something like that for the half.  There wasn't any adjustment.  We had 250‑some yards at halftime.  We didn't have the ball.

They were on the field.  They drove the ball the length of the field.  We stopped them and they kicked field goals.

Offensively, we didn't change much.  There was no reason to change.  Defensively, we did.  Like I said, for what we do in a no‑huddle situation, third‑down conversions become a big deal.  That gives us an opportunity to get our offense on the field.

So that's where the real changes were on defense.  Like I said, these guys understood, they were out there 52 plays in the first half.  Trust me, it wasn't hard to tell them to get off the field on third down.  They were ready to get off the field.

Q.  Damontre, you announced earlier you are making plans to move on to pro football.  In regards to answering the question earlier about this season, what does this mean for you being your last game?
DAMONTRE MOORE:  Words can't describe how I feel right now.  I'm just overwhelmed with excitement and joy, just to get such a big win, all the goals that we set for ourself at the beginning of the season, to see them be accomplished.

I'm going to miss this whole atmosphere with the coaching staff helping me grow, my teammates helping me grow.  We had our ups.  I didn't cause a lot of downs (laughter).  I'm kind of just going to miss the whole brotherhood and everything, everybody getting on me, helping me grow up at the same time, them coming back and telling me that they love me.

I've enjoyed spending time with Johnny.  He's one of the funniest people I ever met.  One of the most talented.

Ben, I grew up with him.  Swope, he always came to me when we shared lockers next to each telling me how I need to mature, You need to stop doing this.

Right now I'm trying to bask in the moment.  I'm tired of crying.  I just want to cry from excitement and joy that we won this.

I think it was a big, monumental win for us, me and the juniors and the seniors that were here, 'cause our freshmen year we came here, were doing good, it went downhill.  We lost in the Cotton Bowl.

I think it was a good redemption win for us.  We're kind of excited about the whole situation.

Q.  Would it be safe to say that y'all came out to set the tone, put an exclamation point to your season?
LUKE JOECKEL:  You know, I think we got to give everything to the seniors.  They're definitely the leaders of our teams.  We might have gotten the accolades and stuff like that this year.  Without the seniors, we wouldn't have had the season we had.  They brought into Coach Sumlin's and the rest of the coaching staff's system from the get‑go.  They could have checked out for their last year, but they bought in for us.

Speaking as a junior, the rest of us followed.  I followed Patrick Lewis.  I think Spencer Nealy gave him the nickname "The General," and he is the general of our offense.  I've enjoyed playing with him for the last three years.  It's going to be hard to watch him go.

We might have gotten all the accolades, but the seniors are definitely the leaders of our team.

DAMONTRE MOORE:  I want to piggyback off of what he said.  It's the same thing with the defense.  Just because we got accolades, it's not us.  If it wasn't for the seniors buying into the system, telling us that we're going to buy into the system, we're going to follow exactly what these coaches say, then they set a good example for us.  If they didn't, who knows where we would be at right now.

Honestly, I give all the seniors and upperclassmen, the offense and defense, credit for my success.  Without them, I wouldn't be here.  There were many a day they told me, Damontre, you shouldn't do this.  They tell me what's going to do this, what was the cause, I go back and it actually happens.  I'm like, Man, what if I would have disobeyed them?

I give them credit for my success and my maturity throughout this whole process.

JOHNNY MANZIEL:  For me, it was a different feel.  There's so much talk, uncertainty about everything, us as a team, us as an offense for sure.  We knew what we had with Coach McKinney.  So going into today, there was just a different look in everybody's eyes.  To look at Pat, Swope, the seniors on the offense, just a different feel about it.  They knew it was their last one.  I think every underclassman on our team wanted to get it for them.

I know for me, without them, none of my success this year would have been possible.  I'm thankful for Pat and what he's done with the offense line we've had.  Swope, all the seniors, it's going to be hard to see them go, but they need a lot of credit.

Q.  Dustin, Damontre was talking about the growth he's made.  Can you talk about going from this spring and now being most valuable defensive player in this game, the growth you had, how enjoyable that is to go out on top.
DUSTIN HARRIS:  Well, I mean, it was hard work, day in, day out.  Going in in the season as a senior, knowing that you still have competition with the freshmen, the sophomores, juniors coming up, everybody's battling for a spot.  Coaches were on my butt every day trying to get me straight.

Finally it happened.  You know, I bought into what Coach Sumlin and Coach Yates and Coach Snyder were saying, just like all the rest of these guys.

Our success, it comes from them because all they had to do is tell us what to do.  If we did it, we end up where we are right now.  I just give all the blessings to God, thank them for a wonderful season, all the seniors.  We've been in it for four years.  It's been a rough and long ride, but we ended it with a success.  I'm just thankful.

THE MODERATOR:  Guys, we'll cut you lose and continue with Coach Sumlin.

Q.  Is Damontre Moore an example of what college football is all about?
COACH SUMLIN:  I don't know if it's what it's all about.  I think there's definitely an example of growth, a method to our madness, whether it is Coach Jackson in the weight room, in our strength and conditioning, whether it's Terry Price in demanding excellence, whether it's our academic people in Troy, Dan, requiring guys and class checking, all those things that build a student‑athlete.
One of the things I enjoy about college football, strangely enough, is seeing guys go from young men into adulthood.  Guys come from all kinds of different situations, from all different backgrounds, and it's our role to help them in the maturation process.  That's not just football.  That's in life.

Hopefully, you know, I think what Damontre accomplished this year in that growth process is an example to other guys, and continued to be an example to some of the young guys who may be fence riders.  Guys who say, You know what, I saw Damontre when he couldn't make it through practice, he was upset about this, didn't want to do this or that.  You look up and he's one of the better players in the SEC.

As a coach, the biggest compliment you can have from another coach is when they say, Boy, your guys play hard.  That was the whole thing that was behind Damontre.  The thing that I got from everybody every week is those guys are playing hard, 94, he's on the highlight film every week chasing guys down from behind.  That's the kind of progress that you make, when a guy didn't want to play, just when he wants to play, but understands that every play is important.

Q.  From July to now when all those questions at the SEC Media Days were being asked about how this season was going to play out, what does this win as icing on the cake do for this program going forward?
COACH SUMLIN:  You know, I think we're a different team.  So, you know, there was reason for people to doubt us.  You know, moving into a new league, .500 program over the last 10 years, I don't know why anybody would have doubted us.

I don't see one game, and I've said this before, one game doesn't define a program, doesn't define your recruiting.  I think your body of work does.  This game tonight was indicative of how these guys have played all year.

I think some people were surprised early in the year of how they played.  I can tell you that walking in that locker room at halftime or at the end of the game, our guys weren't surprised, expected to win.  That's probably the biggest change that we've made over the course of the last six months.

Q.  A lot of Heisman Trophy winners come into these games flat after the banquet circuit, so to speak.  Talk about why Johnny was so well prepared, and in the spring, what do you want to see him grow in?
COACH SUMLIN:  First let me say this.  The AT&T Cotton Bowl, we've had a fabulous week.  The people here are second to none.  I've been in a lot of bowl games.  Our practice facility, practicing at SMU, Highland Park.  Our practice rooms, our meeting rooms, how they treated our players, our families, it's a first‑class operation.

You put that in with this venue, I've coached in a lot of games, but walking out there pregame with people all the way to the roof, it was pretty loud in there.  It really had a big‑time game feel.  Our guys have handled that.

To answer your question, though, with the Cotton Bowl being the 4th, I think it helped us.  You got to remember this.  We're used to preparing for another game in really four days.  Saturday we play, Sunday we give the players off, Monday we do a little bit, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, that's the game plan.  Friday, you walk through, you're on to the next play.

With us playing the 4th, we had plenty of time to get grounded, get these guys, including myself, I felt like I lived in New York, Orlando, going back and forth.  But we had plenty of time, and our guys understood the plan.

I said beforehand everybody was worried.  It gave us a chance to get guys away, get home for Christmas, then get back, get us a couple practices back at Texas A&M, get up here and get some work done.

Our guys understood it.  Took care of them.  Larry Jackson does a good job.  Gave us a chance to game plan and work some of our younger players in the earlier practices.  I'm not surprised by our preparation and our guys, how we played tonight.

Q.  I know a lot of the year was focused on the SEC.  Looking back on it, the run you were able to put together, to make the statement you made in your first year, what does it say about this program?  What type of a statement did you make?  A lot of people doubted you going to the SEC West.
COACH SUMLIN:  We never doubted ourselves.  Everybody acts like I didn't know what we were getting into when I took the job.  We were already in the SEC.  We weren't coming in the league just trying to play games.  Every coach is trying to win.

What kind of statement did that make?  I don't know.  You got to answer that.  My job is to get these guys ready to play and win.  They believed in it.  We talked before this game, this is the last game of this year and first game of next year.  For our seniors, they're going to set the bar for the rest of everybody.  That was their reason to play.

For everybody next year, this is the first game of the new year.  It sets the bar.  It's a heck of a lot easier to get in that weight room after that confetti is down on you, than to walk out of it like, What's going on?

I think with the exposure that we've had, answering some questions about being able to not only compete, but win against the co‑champion of the Big 12, for us to come out and play the way we did tonight, you got to figure out what kind of statement that makes.

Q.  I know you talked about Damontre Moore, his growth.  It looked like you might have had another year with him.  Dustin Harris, this was his last shot in college football.  Take us from the spring through tonight, what he had to do to get to this level?
COACH SUMLIN:  I'm not talking about juniors, I'm talking about young guys in our program that, Dustin, you could hear in his voice, we didn't always get along in the spring.  Change is difficult for everybody, particularly on seniors.  I'm very, very sensitive to that.

But I think, as we talked about afterwards with Sean Porter, they understand now, the underclassmen understand, too, his growth this year, a lot of these guys, you wish you had 'em another year.

But that's college football.  The roster changes every year.  I'm just happy for these guys because of everything they've been through over the course of their four or five years that they can walk out of this building.  They've never won in this building.

There's a lot of things that these guys just couldn't get over.  They didn't want to wear white helmets this year because they lost every time they wore them.  This time we beat Oklahoma and Alabama in them.  Has nothing to do with the helmets, has nothing to do with this building.  It has everything to do with these players.  I think that is probably the biggest change in this program.

THE MODERATOR:  Thank you, coach.