Cowboys come back for 30-29 win over Aggies

No. 7 ranked Oklahoma State took advantage of four second half turnovers by No. 8 Texas A&M to score 27 unanswered points and escape College Station with a 30-29 win over the Aggies. Brandon Weeden passed for 437 yards and 2 TDs with Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon each catching 11 passes to lead the Cowboys.

No. 7 ranked Oklahoma State took advantage of four second half turnovers by No. 8 Texas A&M to score 27 unanswered points and escape College Station with a 30-29 win over the Aggies.

Brandon Weeden passed for 437 yards and 2 TDs with Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon each catching 11 passes to lead the Cowboys.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and on their fourth play from scrimmage Ryan Tannehill scrambled 65 yards through the middle of the Oklahoma State defense for an Aggie touchdown. Randy Bullock's extra point gave Texas A&M a 7-0 lead one minute into the game.

Oklahoma State responded by driving to the Aggie 10-yard line before having to settle for a 27-yard Quinn Sharp field goal that cut the Aggie lead to 7-3 at the 9:38 mark in the first quarter.

After an exchange of punts, Texas A&M drove to the Oklahoma State 25-yard line but the drive stalled and Randy Bullock kicked a 43-yard field goal that gave A&M a 10-3 lead with 2:11 to go in the first quarter.

A 54-yard Oklahoma State punt gave Texas A&M possession from the Aggie 14-yard line. The Aggies used 10 plays to drive 86 yards, 58 coming from runs by Christine Michael, and Ryan Tannehill connected with Jeff Fuller for a 17-yard TD. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 17-3 at the 10:34 mark in the second quarter.

Oklahoma State drove to the Aggie 40-yard line before punting into the endzone for a touchback. Texas A&M mounted 15-play, 62-yard drive consuming over six minutes of clock before Randy Bullock kicked a 35-yard field goal that gave the Aggies a 20-3 lead with 1:51 left in the first half.

Oklahoma State drove into Aggie territory but the first half ended on a sack of Brandon Weeden by Aggie linebacker Sean Porter.

Oklahoma State opened the third quarter by driving 80 yards in 11 plays, and scored a touchdown on a 17-yard Jeremy Smith run up the middle. Sharp's extra point cut the Aggie lead to 20-10 at the 12:24 mark in the third quarter.

An Aggie punt gave Oklahoma State possession at the Cowboy 11-yard line. Oklahoma State drove 89 yards in 10 plays, with Brandon Weeden throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin Blackmon. Sharp's extra point narrowed the A&M lead to 20-17 midway through the third quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Ryan Tannehill found Kenric McNeal down the middle for a 33-yard completion, but McNeal fumbled when tackled and Oklahoma State recovered at their 44-yard line. The Cowboys used 9 plays to drive 56 yards for a go-ahead score, with Weeden tossing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tracy Moore. Sharp's extra point gave the Cowboys a 24-20 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter.

On the first play of the next Aggie possession, a Ryan Tannehill pass was intercepted by Cowboy defensive back Broderick Brown at the Aggie 23-yard line. Brandon Weeden threw what looked like would be a 10-yard touchdown pass to Justin Blackmon but Blackmon lost control of the ball before crossing the goal lne and the ball went through the endzone for a touchback. Three plays later the Aggies turned the back back over to the Cowboys when a Ryan Tannehill pass was intercepted by Justin Gilbert and returned to the Aggie 34-yard line.

A 31-yard completion from Weeden to Josh Cooper gave Oklahoma State a first-and-goal at the Aggie 9-yard line. The Aggie defense stiffened, forcing Oklahoma State to settle for a 24-yard Quinn Sharp field goal that extended the Cowboy lead to 27-20 early in the fourth quarter.

The Aggies drove the Cowboy 38-yard line before the drive stalled and A&M punted into the endzone for a touchback. Oklahoma St mounted a 12-play, 79-yard drive consuming 5 minutes of clock, with Quinn Sharp kicking am 18-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a ten-point lead, 30-20, with 6:24 left in the game.

Texas A&M used 15 plays to drive 80 yards, with Ryan Tannehill throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Fuller. Bullock's extra point cut the Cowboy lead to three, 30-27, with 2:20 left in the game.

The Aggie defense held the Cowboys three-and-out, forcing an Oklahoma State punt that gave the Aggies a chance to win the game starting from their 34-yard line. However, the Aggie chance died when a Ryan Tannehill pass intended for Jeff Fuller was intercepted by James Thomas. Oklahoma State ran out the clock, giving up a safety on the final play of the game to make the final score Oklahoma State 30, Texas A&M 29.

For Oklahoma State, Brandon Weeden completed 47 of 60 passes for 437 yards and 2 TDs with no INTs. Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon each caught 11 passes, for 123 and 121 yards respectively. Hubert Anyiam added 10 catches for 92 yards. Joseph Randle was the Cowboys' leading rusher with 83 yards on 21 carries.

For Texas A&M, Ryan Tannehill completed 28 of 47 passes for 309 yards and 2 TDs with 3 INTs and rushed for 69 yards and 1 TD on 7 carries. Ryan Swope caught 7 passes for 105 yards. Jeff Fuller caught 6 passesz for 55 yards and 2 TDs. Christine Michael had 62 yards on 6 carries while Cyrus Gray was held to 35 yards on 13 carries.

Texas A&M now prepares to face Arkansas next Saturday.

 


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