The Sooners drove right down the field on their first possession behind Jones' precision passing game. At the Texas A&M 1, though, Oklahoma stalled. A run by designated goal line quarterback Blake Bell on second down was stuffed. Bell's third-down rollout fell incomplete.
The Sooners were going for it on fourth down, but a false start forced a field goal. Michael Hunnicutt drilled a 23-yarder to cut the Aggies' lead to 7-3.
Manziel came out throwing on the Aggies' second drive, but A&M had to punt. Oklahoma, taking over on its 6, nearly went the distance with a mammoth 18-play drive that again took it inside the Texas A&M 10.
The Sooners converted three third downs in a row along the way before Texas A&M finally held. Hunnicutt's 24-yard field pulled OU within 7-6 with 11:41 left in the second quarter.
The first turnover of the game cost the Aggies a chance to build on their lead. Manziel had A&M at the OU 5, thanks in part to a 44-yard run, but his third down pass bounced off the hands of receiver Malcome Kennedy and into the arms of Oklahoma safety Javon Harris.
The Aggies got the ball back on the Sooners' ensuing possession, as cornerback Dustin Harris picked off Jones and returned it 22 yards. Three plays and 48 seconds later, Texas A&M was up 14-6.
An end-around pass from receiver Kenric McNeal to receiver Mike Evans for 20 yards got the drive started. Manziel finished it with an easy 5-yard jaunt for a touchdown.
Jones finished out the first half scoring by capping a 13-play march with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Brown on third down with 1:16 left in the second quarter.