Texas A&M and Oklahoma St came into their game Saturday night undefeated in Big 12 play. After the biggest A&M comeback in 21 years, it was Texas A&M that emerged with a hard fought 24-23 win in front of an Kyle Field Aggie partisan crowd of 86,217. Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 77 yards and 2 TDs and set up one TD on a 49-yard pass completion to lead the Aggies. Texas A&M (5-1, 2-0) now sits alone at the top of the Big 12 South standings.
Texas A&M won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Oklahoma St chose to receive the opening kickoff. It was a defensive struggle early, with Oklahoma St and Texas A&M exchanging punts three times to start the game.
Oklahoma St broke open the game in the second quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points.
On their fourth possession, Oklahoma St drove 89 yards on 6 plays with tailback Dantrell Savage tossing a 29-yard touchdown pass to Adarius Bowman. The extra point by Jason Ricks gave the Cowboys a 7-0 lead at 10:32 in the second quarter.
After forcing another Aggie punt, Oklahoma St and Adarius Bowman struck again, this time on a 47-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zac Robinson. Ricks' extra point gave Oklahoma St a 14-0 lead with 6:49 left in the first half.
After the Aggies' fifth punt of the night, Oklahoma St drove from their 28-yard line to the A&M 15-yard line before having to settle for a 32-yard Jason Ricks field goal to extend the Cowboy lead to 17-0 with 26 seconds left in the half. The Aggies drove to the Cowby 6-yard line as the first half clock expired.
At the half, Oklahoma St led Texas A&M in total yards, 280 to 132, and in first downs. 12 to 6. Almost half of the Aggies' yard came on the last minute drive that resulted in no points.
Adarius Bowman led the Cowboys with 3 receptions for 108 yards and 2 TDs. Zac Robinson had completed 7 of 13 passes for 127 yards. Kendall Hunter had rushed for 51 yards on 6 carries and Dantrell Savage had added 43 yards on 9 carries and thrown the 29-yard TD pass.
The Aggie offense was ineffective the first half, picking up only 79 yards and 5 first downs, and being forced to punt on its first 5 possessions. Stephen McGee had completed 4 of 10 passes for 77 yards, but 48 of those came on the last play of the first half. Kerry Franks had caught 2 passes for 62 yards. Jorvorskie Lane had rushed for 25 yards on 7 carries and Mike Goodson 19 yards on 7 carries.
Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and drove to the Oklahoma St 5-yard line before having to settle for a 32-yard Matt Szymanski field goal to cut the Cowboy lead to 17-3 at 10:51 in the third quarter. On the ensuing Oklahoma St possession, Aggie defensive tackle Red Bryant forced a fumble by Cowboy running back Dantrell Savage and the fumble was recovered by Aggie safety Alton Dixon at the Cowboy 17-yard line. It took the Aggies 6 plays to travel the 17 yards and Jorvorskie Lane scored on a 1-yard dive. Szymanski's extra point trimmed the Cowboy lead to 17-10 at 7:29 in the third quarter.
Oklahoma St responded to the Aggie challenge by driving 81 yards in 12 plays to the Aggie 1-yard line, consuming over seven minutes off the clock. On 3rd and goal from the 1-yard line, Zac Robinson was sacked by Chris Harrington and Alton Dixon for a 6-yard loss. Jason Ricks kecked a 25-yard field goal to give Oklahoma st a 20-10 lead at the end of the third quarter.
On the ensuing Aggie possession, running back Jorvorskie Lane threw a 48-yard completion to Kerry Franks and Franks was ruled down at the Cowboy 1-yard line. On the next play, Jorvorskie Lane scored his second touchdown of the night and Syzmanski's extra point cut Oklahoma St's lead to 20-17 at 13:20 in the fourth quarter.
On the first play of the next Oklahoma St possession, a hard hit by Aggie defensive tackle Henry Smith knocked Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson out of the game. Bobby Reid came on for the Cowboys. On 3rd and five, Reid was sacked for a loss of 14 yards on a blitz by Aggie linebacker Mark Dodge, forcing a Cowboy punt.
Texas A&M marched 61 yards in 6 plays, and Jorvorskie Lane scored on a 10-yard dump pass from Stephen McGee. Szymanski's extra point gave Texas A&M their first lead of the night 24-20 at 8:04 in the fourth quarter.
On the kickoff return, Oklahoma St's Tommy Devereaux was tackled on their 12-yard line. Bobby Reid led the Cowboys 80 yards down the field and had a 1st and goad from the Aggie 8-yard line. On 3rd and goal from the 7-yard line, Reid's attempted pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew fell incomplete. The Cowboys decided to go for a field goal which Jason Ricks kicked to reduce the Aggie lead to 24-23 with 2:55 left in the game.
Unable to pick up a first down, the Aggies faced 4th and five at their 35-yard line with a little over two minutes left on the clock. On the Justin Brantley punt, Oklahoma State was flagged for roughing the kicker, giving the Aggies a first down. This enabled Texas A&M to run out the clock and preserve a 24-23 win over Oklahoma St.
For the game, after their big 2nd quarter Oklahoma St led Texas A&M in total yards, 459 to 368, and in first downs, 23 to 19.
For the Aggies, Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 77 yards and 2 TDs on 19 carries, caught 4 passes for 35 yards and 1 TD, and completed 1 pass for 49 yards. Kerry Franks caught 4 passes for 120 yards. Stephen McGee completed 11 of 20 passes for 169 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 43 yards on 9 carries.
For the Cowboys, Adarius Bowman caught 7 passes for 142 yards and 2 TDs. Zac Robinson completed 10 of 17 passes for 158 yards and 1 TD and Bobby Reid came on to complete 6 of 9 passes for 72 yards. Dantrell Savage rushed for 110 yards on 21 carries and Kendall Hunteer rushed for 82 yards on 10 carries.
This was the biggest comeback for Texas A&M since the 1986 Baylor game.
Texas A&M (5-1, 2-0) maintains its Big 12 conference lead with a big win over Oklahoma State.
The Aggies will look to maintain this undefeated conference record when they travel to Lubbock to meet the Texas Tech Red Raider.next Saturday afternoon.
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