ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is the eighth Heisman Trophy winner to play in the Cotton Bowl immediately after receiving college football’s highest individual honor.
A quick look at the Cotton Bowl performances of Johnny Football’s Heisman predecessors:
1949 – SMU’s Doak Walker: The hometown kid did it a little bit of everything during SMU’s 21-13 win over Oregon. Walker rushed for 66 yards and the game’s first touchdown on 14 carries, threw for 79 yards on 6-of-10 passing and boomed a 79-yard punt off a quick kick that pinned Oregon at the Ducks’ 1.
1963 – Navy’s Roger Staubach: The No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup turned into a lopsided loss for Staubach’s second-ranked Midshipmen, with Texas rolling to a 28-6 rout to clinch the Longhorns’ first national title. Staubach completed 21-of-31 passes for 228 yards, but he was picked off once and was under siege all day. Staubach was credited with minus-47 yards on 12 rushing attempts, although he did score Navy’s lone touchdown on a 2-yard run.
1978 – Texas’ Earl Campbell: The undefeated, top-ranked Longhorns got blown out by Notre Dame, 38-10, despite 116 yards on 29 carries by the Tyler Rose. Texas, committed six turnovers, fell behind 24-3 midway through the second quarter.
1985 – Boston College’s Doug Flutie: Flutie tied a Cotton Bowl record with three touchdown passes in BC’s 45-28 win over Houston, including a 63-yard bomb to future Cowboys receiver Kelvin Martin, but it wasn't an especially pretty performance. Flutie completed only 13-of-37 passes for 180 yards and was picked off twice.
1986 – Auburn’s Bo Jackson: Bo don’t know Cotton Bowl success. Actually, Jackson put up nice numbers against the Wrecking Crew, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries and catching a 73-yard touchdown pass. But the Aggies blew out Auburn, 36-16.
1988 – Notre Dame’s Tim Brown: Two years later, the Aggies ruined another Heisman winner’s finale. Brown caught six balls for 105 yards and a touchdown, but his score on the opening series was the only time the Fighting Irish reached the end zone during a 35-10 loss to A&M.
1998 – Texas’ Ricky Williams: Williams, wearing No. 37 to honor the deceased Doak Walker, capped his college career with a dominant performance. He rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. His first score was a 37-yard run.