Aggies upset No. 8 Oklahoma 33-19

On Saturday night Mike Sherman and the Texas A&M Aggies got the signature win this Aggie program has been searching for, defeating the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners 33-19. A 100-yard kickoff return gave the Ags a 19-0 lead early in the 3rd quarter, Oklahoma scored 17 unanswered points to pull back to within 2, 19-17, then the Aggies scored two 4th quarter touchdowns to claim the win.

On Saturday night Mike Sherman and the Texas A&M Aggies got the signature win this Aggie program has been searching for, defeating the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners 33-19.

A 100-yard kickoff return by Coryell Judie gave the Aggies a 19-0 lead early in the third quarter, Oklahoma scored 17 unanswered points to pull back to within 2, 19-17, then the Aggie offense scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to claim the win.

Ryan Tannehill passed for 225 yards and 1 TD, Cyrus Gray rushed for 112 yards and 1 TD, and Ryan Swope caught 8 passes for 136 yards and 1 TD. The Aggie defense had three goal line stands where they turned back Oklahoma on fourth downs from inside the two-yard line.

Oklahoma received the opening kickoff and Demarco Murray returned it to the 19-yard line but a holding penalty brought the ball back to the 10-yard line. On Oklahoma's first play from scrimmage, the ball was snapped over the quarterback's head out of the endzone for a safety to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead after eleven seconds of play.

The Oklahoma kickoff went out of bounds giving A&M the ball on their 30-yard line. On their first play from srimmage, Ryan Tannehill scrambled 48 yards to the Oklahoma 22-yard line. On the next play Tannehill connected with Ryan Swope on a 21-yard pass that gave the Aggies first and goal at the Oklahoma 1-yard line. Two false start penalties pushed the ball back the the 11-yard line. Three Cyrus Gray rushes let the Aggies facing 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Aggies went for it and Tannehill tossed a pass to tight end Hutson Prioleau for a touchdown. Randy Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a a 9-0 lead at the 12:02 mark in the first quarter.

Oklahoma drove the the Aggie 44-yard line before being forced to punt. A 41-yard Tress Way punt was downed at the Aggie 3-yard line. Texas A&M drove to the Oklahoma 39-yard line but a Ryan Tannehill pass was intercepted by Jamell Fleming and he returned it to the Oklahoma 38-yard line.

Oklahoma drove down the field and had a 1st-and-goal at the Aggie 4-yard line. Two rushing plays and an illegal substitution penalty left Oklahoma facing 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line. two Demarco Murray rushing attempts were stuffed by the Aggie defense for no gain and the Aggies took over on downs at the 1-yard line.

Texas A&M and Oklahoma exchanged punts for most of the second quarter until with under four minutes left in the half Texas A&M drove from their 45-yard line to the Oklahoma 5-yard line before having to settle for a 27-yard Randy Bullock field goal that gave A&M a 12-0 lead with 1:25 left in the first half.

After forcing Oklahoma to punt, the Aggies ran out the clock to take a 12-0 lead to the locker room at the half.

The Aggie defense pitched a shutout in the first half, holding Oklahome scoreless, just 10 yards rushing and 111 total yards.

The Aggies totaled 222 yards, 100 yards on the gorund and 122 yards through the air. Ryan Tannehill had completed 11 of 17 passes for 122 yards and 1 TD with 1 INT and had rushed for 27 yards. Cyrus Gray had rushed for 61 yards on 14 carries.Ryan Swope had 3 catches for 56 yards.

Coryell Judie returned the the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for a touchdown. Bullock's extra point gave Texas A&M a 19-0 lead thirteen seconds into the third quarter.

Oklahoma responded by driving 71 yards in 15 plays, and got on the scorer board on a 1-yard dive by Demarco Murray. The extra point by Jimmy Stevens cut the Aggie lead to 19-7 with 11:03 left in the thiurd quarter.

On the ensuing Aggie possession, a Ryan Tannehill pass was intercepted by Jamell Fleming and returned to the Aggie 26-yard line. The Aggie defense held, forcing Oklahoma to settle for a 45-yard Patrick O'Hara field goal to further cut into the Aggie lead, 19-10, with 8:25 left in the third quarter.

Texas A&M went three-and-out and the Aggie punt was returned to the Aggie 32-yard line. It took Oklahoma 10 plays to go 32 yards, with Landry Jones tossing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Trey Franks. Stevens' extra point pulled Oklahoma back to within two, 19-17, with 4:12 to go in the third quarter.

The Aggie offense continued to struggle with two more punts in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma drove to the Aggie 32-yard line before on fourth down faking a field goal but the Oklahoma pass attempt fell incomplete, turning the ball over to the Aggies.

It took the Aggies just 6 plays for the Aggies to drive 68 yards, with Cyrus Gray scoring on a 23-yard run. Bullock's extra point restored a 9-point Aggie lead, 26-17, at the 11:36 mark in the third quarter.

Demarco Murray returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the Texas A&M 39-yard line. Oklahoma drove the the 19-yard line before the Aggie defense forced tyhe Sooners to settle for a 36-yard field goal attempt which would have pulled Oklahoma to within one score. The field goal attempt missed, barely clearing the line of scrimmage. The Aggies took over at their 20-yard line.

Facing 3rd-and-4 at their 36-yard line, Ryan Tannehill connected with Ryan Swope for a 64-yard touchdown pass. Bollock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to sixteen, 33-17, with 7:50 left in the game.

Oklahoma drove from their 39-yard line to the Aggie 1-yard line before on 4th-and-goal the Aggie defense again stuffed the Sooners for no gain and a turnover on downs.

After three Aggie quarterback sneeks, an Aggie punt attempt was blocked out of the endzone by the Sooners for a safety to pull Oklahoma back to within fourteen, 33-19, with 3:32 left in the game.

Oklahoma drove to the Aggie 2-yard line where for the third time in the game the Aggie defense stopped Oklahoma on a 4th-and-goal from inside the two-yard line.

Texas A&M ran out the clock to claim a hard fought 33-19 win over the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners.

On offesne for Texas A&M, Ryan Tannehill completed 19 of 32 passes for 225 yards and 2 TDs with 2 INTs and rushed for 24 yards. Cyrus Gray rushed for 112 yards and 1 TD on 22 carries. Ryan Swop caught 8 passes for 136 yards and 1 TD.

But the real story of this game was the Aggie defense, who had three goal line stands where they turned back Oklahoma on fourth downs from inside the two-yard line.

Texas A&M improves to 6-3, 3-2 in the Big 12, and in doing so becomes bowl elligible.

Texas A&M travels to Waco next Saturday to face the upstart Baylor Bears.

 


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