The series includes a 77-0 Oklahoma victory in 2003 that is the most lopsided loss in Aggies history. That came a year after Texas A&M upset the top-ranked Sooners when Sumlin was the Aggies’ offensive coordinator, though he spent the next five years as a Stoops assistant.
Jones will make his 50th career start where he played his first Oklahoma game, in the 2009 season opener at Cowboys Stadium when he took over after halftime for injured Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. Jones has since won 39 games, including three bowls and two Big 12 titles, while throwing for a Big 12-record 16,368 yards with 122 TDs.
In his career finale, he’ll go against the 20-year-old redshirt freshman known as Johnny Football.
Manziel set the SEC record with 4,600 total yards, becoming only the fifth player ever with 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. He accounted for 43 touchdowns, though the Aggies might not have realized what they really had in the youngster.
“Well, based on the fact we didn’t name him the starting quarterback until two weeks before the first game, I don’t think in the spring we had any idea,” Sumlin said. “He is obviously very talented, but there were a lot of things he needed to work on from a ball security standpoint. … You never really know, especially with a freshman with so many moving parts going into a game.”
When Manziel was asked how he’d try to stop himself, he pondered the question briefly.
“As far as if I’m a defensive coordinator, I wouldn’t know what to do,” he said.
The SEC has won the last four Cotton Bowls, all against the Big 12. That includes Texas A&M losing to LSU two years ago.
Now Oklahoma gets a chance to defend the honor of the Big 12 against the team that left for another league.
“We want to win regardless of who it is and what the circumstances are,” Sooners defensive end R.J. Washington said. “It just adds a little something to it, a little cherry on top.”