Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead No. 17 Texas A&M to its sixth win in a row defeating arch rival Texas 24-17 on Thursday night in Austin.
Von Miller had an All-American performance for the new 'Wrecking Crew' defense with 3 sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery.
Texas A&M improves to 9-3 for the year, 6-2 in the Big 12, with a chance to share a Big 12 South title.
Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and drove to the Texas 21-yard line before Ryan Bullock missed a 38-yard field goal attempt.
After two exchanges of punts, Texas drove 66 yards in 4 plays, with Garrett Gilbert connected with Marquise Goodwin who broke away from an Aggie tckle attempt for a 31-yard touchdown. Justin Tucker's extra point was good, giving the Horns a 7-0 lead with 1:31 to go in the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter Aggie return man fumbled a punt and Texas recovered at the A&M 37-yard line. Texas looked to be going in for a 2-score lead when Garrett Gilbert fumbled a handoff at the A&M 8-yard line and Aggie linebackler Sean Porter recovered at the A&M 10-yard line.
After Ryan Swope picked up 6 yards on a first down carry, Cyrus Gray to a run up the middle 84 yards for a touchdown. Randy Bullock's extra point tied the game 7-all with 5:08 left in the first half.
After a Texas punt pinned A&M on their 8-yard line, the Aggies ran out the clock to go into halftime tied with the Horns.
Texas received the opening kickoff of the second half. On their third play from srimmage, a Garrett Gilbert pass atempt was intercepted by Aggie cornerback Dustin Harris at the Texas 39-yard line.
The Aggies picked up one first down before the drive stalled and Randy Bullock kiecked a 5-yard field goal to give Texas A&M a 10-7 lead at the 12:06 mark in the third quarter.
Another Texas turnover, this a fumble by D.J. Monroe, gave the Aggies the ball at the Texas 22-yard line. Facing 2nd and goal at the 2-yard line, Ryan Tannehill lofted a 2-yard pass to Jeff Fuller for a touchdown. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to ten, 17-7, with 10:35 still to go in the third quarter.
Midway through the third quarter, the Aggie defense forced Texas to punt from their end zone, but Kenrick McNeal fumbled the punt and instead of A&M having the ball at the Texas 44-yard line, Texas had the ball at their 48-yard line.
Texas took advantage of the second Aggie punt return fumble by driving 52 yards in 5 plays. Gilbert completed a 35-yard pass to Foswhitt Whittaker before Gilbert snuck over from the 1-yard line. Tucker's extra point cut the Aggie lead to three, 17-14, with 4:39 left in the third quarter.
It didn't take Texas A&M long to respond. After Coryell Judies returned the ensuing kickoff to the Texas 48-yard line, Cyrus Gray took a middle draw to the house, a 48-yard TD run for Gray. Bullock's extra point restored A&M's ten point lead, 24-14, at the 4:34 mark in the third quarter.
Texas and Texas A&M exchanged punts until with eleven minutes left in the game, an A&M punt by Ken Wood was blocked by Texas and Texas recovered at the A&M 9-yard line. The Aggie defense held the Horns to a 24-yard Tucker field goal that reduced A&M's lead to 24-17 with 9:46 to go in the game.
After forcing an Aggie punt, Texas looked to be driving for a tying score when a rushed Garrett Gilbert pass attempt was intercepted by the Aggies' Von Miller at the A&M 11-yard line with 2:37 left in the game.
Facing 3rd and 4 at their 17-yard line, Cyrus Gray was again money, realing off an 10-yard run for a crucial first down. The Aggies survived a scare when Ryan Tannehill recovered his own fumble. The Aggies were able to run the clock down to 16 seconds before having to punt from the 29-yard line.
Despite and all-out Texas attempt to block the Aggie punt, Ken Wood was able to pick the snap off the ground to get it away. Freshman Horn returner Adrian Phillips let the ball bounce on the ground and the final seconds ran out with no one touching the ball.
Just five days after a very draining and emotional win over Nebraska last Saturday, Texas A&M (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) went on the road to Austin and won its sixth game in a row, defeating arch rival Texas who was playing to avoid their first losing season since 1997.
Texas' fifth home loss of the season kept the Longhorns (5-7, 2-6 Big 12) from getting bowl-eligible just one season after playing for the national championship.
The Aggies still have a chance to win a share of the Big 12 South if Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Aggies would still be a long shot for the Big 12 championship game because of a tiebreaker based on BCS standings.
Cyrus Gray carried the Aggies to victory, rushinh for 223 yards and TD runs of 84 and 48 yards on 27 carries, his sixth hundred yard game in a row. Gray became the first Aggie to rush for 200 yards in a game since 1995.
Von Miller had another All-American performance for the new Aggie 'Wrecking Crew' defense with 3 sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery. Senior lineback once again led the Aggie defense in tackles with 13.
Texas A&M will now be looking forward to a top-tier bowl game.