The second half has gone from bad to worse for the Sooners here in the Cotton Bowl and obviously, it's difficult to provide updates on a blog when a game turns like this. But, we'll continue to service all our platforms. Thanks again Sooner fans for all your support throughout this season and beyond. We recognize how fortunate we are to have a program like this to support.
10:06 p.m. | Blowing It Open
Texas A&M surged to a three-score lead in the third quarter, blowing open what was a tight, 14-13, game at halftime. The Aggie fans are yelling and swaying in the stands as they tend to do. Hard for Sooner fans to counter with the scoreboard the way it is. Finally a stop and the Aggies are punting.
9:57 p.m. | Stop the Bleeding
The Sooners really need the offense to get some points on this drive to stop the bleeding. You'd imagine the defense has to be gassed. Everyone knows OU can score but it just can't trade blows at this point, down by three TDs. Unfortunately, the drive stalls and after an illegal snap call, OU is forced to punt.
9:49 p.m. | Three-and-Outs
Story of the third quarter? All of Oklahoma's three possessions have been three-and-outs. A&M has cashed in on the first two to take a 27-13 lead. We'll see how this third drive turns out. Well, that wasn't good. A&M scores on its fourth-down play. The Aggies are now up, 34-13, with 3:55 remaining in the third.
9:43 p.m. | Second-Largest Crowd
The Cotton Bowl just announced an official attendance of 87,025 which amounts to the second-largest crowd in the 77-year history of the game. Only the Ole Miss-Texas Tech game in January, 2009, brought in more: 88,175.
9:38 p.m. | Punts, TDs
Punts by Oklahoma have resulted in touchdowns by Texas A&M here in the second half and the Aggies extend their lead to 27-13 after a missed PAT. Sooner fans know this offense can score quickly and this game is far from over but OU's defense has to be getting tired of allowing such huge chunks of yardage.
9:29 p.m. | Incredible Atmosphere
Hopefully it's coming across on the national TV broadcast on FOX but it's an incredible atmosphere here at Cowboys Stadium for the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl between the Sooners and Aggies. No official attendance numbers announced yet but we'd guess it's edging 90,000. Place is absolutely packed.
9:21 p.m. | Option TD for A&M
It has to be extremely frustrating for the Sooner d-linemen because they just can't seem to get a clean lick on Manziel. It's been that way all season. A&M options its way into the end zone and scores first in the second half. It's 21-13, Texas A&M.
9:14 p.m. | Back to Action
Oklahoma has the ball 1st-and-10 from its own 25 here to start the second half in Arlington. Let's see if A&M has adjusted to try and stop these monster drives by the Sooner offense. OU fails to get the first down but Tress Way gets off a 58-yard punt to put the Aggies on their own 9.
9:09 p.m. | Halftime Bullets
Here are quick halftime bullets on the Sooners:
Oklahoma's second scoring drive lasted 18 plays and covered 87 yards in 7:26. It was the longest scoring drive of the season in terms of both plays and time. The team had a 17-play drive over 6:14 against Oklahoma State (11/24).
The 18-play scoring drive tied for the second-longest in Cotton Bowl history. Oklahoma's game-opening scoring drive lasted 16 plays, the third-longest scoring drive of the season for OU.
Landry Jones finished the first half with 175 passing yards, bumping his season total to 4,164 yards. It's his third straight season with 4,000+ passing yards.
Jones completed 23 passes in the first half to set a Cotton Bowl record. The previous high was 15 by Rick Clausen of Tennessee in 2005. The 23 completions are already tied for the third most in Cotton Bowl history. Jones' 175 passing yards in the first half are the seventh-most in a half in Cotton Bowl history.
Kenny Stills caught 6 passes for 52 yards in the first half. He became the fourth player in OU history to record 200 receptions in his career. He is now third all-time at OU with 203 career receptions.
Stills and Jalen Saunders each caught six passes in the first half, tying with Tim Brown of Notre Dame for the third-most in a half in Cotton Bowl history. In the second quarter, Javon Harris intercepted his sixth pass of the season and the ninth of his career.
Michael Hunnicutt made 2-of-2 field goals, putting his season totals at 17-of-21 and his career mark at 38-of-45. Hunnicutt now has six multi-field goal games this season and nine in his career.
9:03 p.m. | Thank You Cotton Bowl
While we're catching our breath and throwing out compliments, we'd be remiss if we didn't recognize the fantastic hospitality the team and all our staff have received down here at the Cotton Bowl. If you surveyed our team, you'd get raving reviews across the board. What an experience they provide all week. BCS bowls could take notes from this one right here in our backyard.
8:59 p.m. | Communications
We also want to give props to OU Athletics Communications staffers Pete Moris and Karl Anderson for their work in assisting the media, the Cotton Bowl staff, SoonerVision and Digital Media all week. Sooner fans don't see what they do behind the scenes but they enjoy the unprecedented coverage. Great job guys!
8:54 p.m. | Did You See It?
SoonerVision has done a phenomenal job all week of bringing Sooner fans TV bowl coverage from location down here in Texas. Here at halftime, they've already archived the pre-game show if you missed it. Take a second and see what they're doing:
8:49 p.m. | Halftime
That's the end of the first half and Texas A&M is clinging to a one-point lead on the Sooners, 14-13. All in all, an extremely entertaining first half for Friday night football in Texas.
8:40 p.m. | Touchdown Sooners!
Finally, Oklahoma hits paydirt. Landry Jones rolls to his right and finds senior Justin Brown in the end zone for OU's first TD. Another huge drive for the OU offense and this time, the Sooners get seven. Jones' has 23 completions in the first half -- that's a Cotton Bowl record. Keep on slinging it Landry.
8:35 p.m. | Another Drive
Oklahoma is putting together another clutch drive. Come on Sooners, take it to the end zone. The Sooners have shown they can certainly move the ball on this defense. Just need to make it count.
8:26 p.m. | Aggies Cash In
A&M's defense answers with an interception of its own and the tide turns again here at the Cotton Bowl. Johnny Manziel dashes in on a five-yard touchdown run and just like that, the Aggies are up 14-6. That scoring drive took just three plays in 43 seconds.
8:18 p.m. | Stills Churning
Kenny Stills has 202 catches in his career now, tying for third all-time with Juaquin Iglesias. He is the fourth player ever in OU history to record 200 receptions. Check out Kenny headlining our football Instagram feed. We have one for every sport now, so follow your favorites by checking our directory at SoonerSports.com.
8:15 p.m. | INT by Harris
Huge interception by safety Javon Harris on a tipped Manziel pass in the Sooner end zone and Oklahoma dodges a bullet there. The OU offense will have the ball at its own 20 on the touchback. Let's put a drive together and cap it with a touchdown. That crimson block "Oklahoma" is just calling your name Sooners. Who will be first to step in there with the refs throwing up their arms?
8:12 p.m. | Keep Pace
Johnny Manziel's gashing run down to the OU red zone emphasizes the Sooners' need to keep up the scoring pace. As Mike Stoops stated earlier this week, no defense is going to absolutely stop Manziel, it can only hope to contain him. This would be a great time for "contain" and force a field goal attempt by the Aggies.
8:06 p.m. | Season's Longest Drive
Oklahoma's second scoring drive of the game last 18 plays, 87 yards and 7:26. That's the longest drive of the season for OU in terms of both plays and time. Oklahoma's opening scoring drive of 16 plays is third-longest of the season. Michael Hunnicutt has recorded his sixth multi-field goal game of the season and the ninth of his career.
8:03 p.m. | OU Settles For Three
No stunner here -- and stating the obvious -- but we and all of Sooner Nation would love to see OU punch it in here. Sooners thwarted again close to the goal line and looks like we'll see another field goal as Hunnicutt trots onto the field. It's good and OU closes the gap to 7-6. Sooners marched 87 yards in 18 plays (7:26 off the clock) but had to again settle for three.
7:53 p.m. | First Quarter Closes
That's the end of the first quarter and the Sooners have to be cautiously optimistic about their showing. After giving up a TD on the opening A&M drive, the defense has stepped up to make a stop and the Sooners are looking for their second score.
7:48 p.m. | Aggie O-Line
As reported prior to the game, the Texas A&M offensive line is the engine that makes the Aggie offense go. The OU defensive line has been unable to apply pressure on Manziel and he's had plenty of time to take several shots down the field. Thankful for the Sooners, Manziel has either overthrown his receiver or OU's secondary stepped up to break up the play. It will be interesting to see how OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops chooses to vary his attack after he's seen a few series on the field.
7:39 p.m. | A&M 7, OU 3
A promising Sooner drive stalled just inches from the goal line and Coach Stoops settled for a 23-yard field goal by Michael Hunnicutt. OU marched 69 yards in 16 plays and chewed 5:43 off the first-quarter clock. It's A&M early, 7-3..
7:37 p.m. | Sooners Storm the Field
Watch as an energetic Oklahoma Sooner football team exits the locker room at Cowboys Stadium, slaps the Play Like a Champion sign and enters the field prior to the AT&T Cotton Bowl:
7:29 p.m. | Fat Daddy Early
Couple of tough plays by junior fullback Trey Millard already on OU's first drive. He's had his patented hurdle and spin on a run and a great catch between two A&M defenders for a first down.
7:19 p.m. | A&M Strikes First
Texas A&M marches down the field on the Sooner defense on its first possession and takes a quick, 7-0 lead here in the first quarter at the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
7:14 p.m. | Pre-Game Locker Room
Only at SoonerSports.com can we take you inside the OU football locker room just prior to the Cotton Bowl game with Texas A&M. Get a glimpse at players deep in thought and pics of the team's entrance to the field in our live Facebook photo gallery:
7:11 p.m. | It's Game Time!
Let's get it on! It's time for the Sooners and Aggies to smash helmets here at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. We have some incredible team entrance photos and video coming soon. Boomer!
6:26 p.m. | Pre-Game
We're about to head down to the field for pre-game and the team's entrance but we'll be back to update here in the press box shortly after kick (7:10 p.m. CT). Remember, the game is nationally televised on FOX and complete broadcast options are listed in the table to the right. Here come the Sooners!
6:22 p.m. | Pride of Oklahoma
Let the record show the Pride of Oklahoma just belted out their first rendition of Boomer Sooner at 6:19 p.m. We're sure to hear it plenty of times (along with the Aggie War Hymn) but hopefully we'll be hearing it as the Sooners score and score some more.
6:18 p.m. | Coach Stoops
Here's a shot of Coach Stoops calmly looking over the flip chart on the Sooners' bench after the team arrived here at Cowboys Stadium. Follow our live Facebook photo gallery for images:
6:03 p.m. | Pre-Game Details
FOX will begin their national TV coverage at 6:30 p.m. Central. Precise kickoff time for the game will be 7:10 p.m. Again, Oklahoma is designated the home team and is wearing crimson jerseys while Texas A&M is wearing white jerseys with white helmets. We expect fans on TV to recognize the Sooners' traditional helmet at first glance. Just little over an hour until kick.
5:37 p.m. | Fans Rushing Into Stadium
The gates have opened here at Cowboys Stadium and fans have rushed in to take their seats. The standing-room-only spaces along the railing across both end zone concourses were grabbed first (three tiers). Fans sitting in the official OU sections will find crimson shakers while Aggie fans will have rally towels. The Sooner band will be seated to the right on your TV screen in the corner above the Oklahoma end zone.
5:25 p.m. | Live Facebook Photo Gallery
We just returned from the field and a quick look at the Sooners' locker room right before the players arrived. This was the calm before the storm but you could already feel the electricity in the air. We'll update our live photo gallery throughout the game:
4:07 p.m. | To the Victor
We like the "right" side to take that trophy home to Norman tonight. The Sooners are designated the home team and will wear their traditional crimson jerseys and occupy the "home" sideline. Anyone glancing at the game during the national TV broadcast on FOX will instantly recognize the famous interlocking OU on those crimson helmets. Why mess with historic success? Boomer!
3:58 p.m. | We're Live at Cowboys Stadium
Here's your live view of the field for the AT&T Cotton Bowl. The Sooners and OU fans will be in the background of the national TV shot on FOX. Look for the crimson shakers!
2:21 p.m. | Use #BeatTAMU & #Sooners
We're looking for your Instagram photos using the hashtags #BeatTAMU and #Sooners. Below are some of the best recently. Make sure you're following @ou_football on Instagram.
2:08 p.m. | Cotton Bowl Coverage
In case you missed any of our coverage throughout the week, make sure you relive the Sooners' experience here. It's loaded with photos, videos and tidbits that we picked up while following the team around this week. Enjoy as we are now less than five hours from kickoff!
8:01 a.m. | AT&T Cotton Bowl
Oklahoma (10-2 overall, 8-1 Big 12) travels down I-35 to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to play Texas A&M in the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl on Friday, Jan. 4. FOX has the national TV broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. Central and we'll update our live blog direct from the press box at Cowboys Stadium. Boomer!
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013