Cotton Bowl Football

Jan. 4, 2013: Texas A&M defeated Oklahoma, 41-13, in the Cotton Bowl to close out their inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 287 yards and had four total touchdowns. He also set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 229. 

A&M finished the season 11-2 and No. 5 in the AP Poll.

Jan. 4, 1965: Coach Gene Stallings started a conditioning camp for the football team at G. Rollie White Coliseum. Stallings was hired as head football coach in December 1964.

The conditioning camp was unofficially called Junction Revisited, alluding to the famous 1954 summer with Paul "Bear" Bryant as head coach, according to Maroon Paint by Charles Perry and Bob Balch. Stallings was a member of the 1954 team

Jan. 4, 1973: Former Texas A&M football player Ray Mickens was born. Mickens played defensive back for the Aggies from 1992 to 1995. He was a consensus All-Southwest Conference pick from 1993 to 1995. He was also a team captain in 1995 and an All-American.

Mickens was drafted in the third round (62nd overall) of the 1996 NFL draft by the New York Jets. He played 10 seasons for the Jets, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. Mickens recorded 315 career tackles and 11 interceptions. He also had six career sacks and four fumble recoveries.

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