Aggies fall 24-17 to Penn St in Alamo Bowl

Texas A&M took a 14-0 first quarter lead in the Alamo Bowl on two Mike Goodson (left) touchdowns, but Penn State came back to take a 17-14 lead at halftime. The Aggies tied the game 17-17 in the 3rd quarter but Penn State regained the lead 24-17 late in the third quarter. The Aggies drove to the Penn St 2-yard line late in the game but came way with no points.

Texas A&M took a 14-0 first quarter lead in the Alamo Bowl on two Mike Goodson (left) touchdowns, but Penn State came back to win 24-17.

Penn State came back in the 2nd quarter to take a 17-14 halftime lead. The Aggies tied the game 17-17 in the 3rd quarter but Penn State regained the lead 24-17 late in the third quarter on a 38-yard run up the middle by reserve running back Evan Royster. The Aggies drove to the Penn State 2-yard line with two minutes left in the game, but game away with no points.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and went 3-and-out on thier first possession. A 60-yard Justin Brantley punt pinned Penn State at their 14-yard line. The Nittany Lions used 11 plays to drive to the Aggie 30-yard line before Kevin Kelly missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.

The Aggies used an 18-yard quarterback keeper by Stephen McGee and a 24-yard completion from McGee to tight end Martellus Bennett to move to the Penn State 24-yard line. Alternate rushed by Jorvorskie Lane and Chris Alexander gave the Aggies a 1st and goal at the 1-yard line. Mike Goodson took a pitch around left end for a touchdown. The extra point by Richie Bean gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead with 4:22 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Penn State return man A.J. Wallace fumbled and Andrew Key recovered for the Aggies at the Penn State 16-yard line. On the Aggies' first play from scrimmage, Mike Goodson took a handoff and cut back for a beautiful touchdown run. The extra point by Szymanski gave Texas A&M a 14-0 lead at 4:10 in the first quarter.

After an exchange of punts, Penn State used 4 rushes by Rodney Kinlaw to move down to the Aggie 30-yard line. On 4th-and 3, Lion quarterback Anthony Morelli threw an arching pass and Deon Butler made a diving catch in the endzone. After a prolonged video review of the play, it was ruled a touchdown. The extra point by Kevin Kelly cut the Aggie lead to 14-7 at 11:06 in the ssecond quarter.

On the next Aggie possession, Mike Goodson was hit hit from behind, fumbled, and the ball was recover by Penn State at the Aggie 11-yard line. It took Penn State just one play to capitalize on the Aggie turnover as backup quarterback Daryll Clark took a quarterback draw up the middle for a touchdown. Kelly's extra point tied the game 14-all with nine minutes left in the first half.

Late in the first half Penn State mounted a 16-play, 78-yard drive. Penn State had a 1st-and-goal at the Aggie 7-yard line, but the Aggie defense stiffened and forced the Lions to settle for a field goal attempt. The 25-yard field goal by Kevin Kelly gave Penn State a 17-14 halftime lead.

Penn State received the opening kickoff of the second half and picked up one first down before the Aggie defense forced a Lion punt.

A Stephen McGee pass was immediately intercepted by Penn St defensive back A.J. Wallace at the Lion 43-yard line. Penn State returned the favor when an Anthony Morelli pass was intercepted by Aggie safety Stephen Hodge at the Aggie 1-yard line.

Texas A&M proceeded to march 78 yards in 18 plays on a drive consuming almost nine minutes of the third quarter, before Matt Szymanski kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the game 17-all with 3:57 left in the third quarter.

Penn State regained the lead late in the third quarter on a 38-yard run up the middle by reserve running back Evan Royster.

Texas A&M and Penn State exchanged punts early in the fourth quarter. The Penn State punt was muffed by Aggie return man Roger Holland but recovered by the Aggies at their 1-yard line.

Texas A&M used 15 plays to drive from their 1-yard line to the Penn State 2-yard line before on 4th-and-1 Stephen McGee stumbled and failed to pick up a first town. The Aggies came away with no points from this time-consuming drive. Penn State drove out to their 47-yard line before being forced to punt. The Penn State punt sailed into the endzone for a touchback.

The Aggies had one last chance from their 20-yard line with 3:50 left in the game. The Aggies moved out to the 43-yard line before facing 4th-and-20 with 1:56 left in the game A&M chose to punt and try to get the ball back.

Penn State picked up a first down and was able to run out the clock to preserve a 24-17 win over Texas A&M.

In addition to their small lead on the scoreboard, Penn State also held stats lead, outgaining the Aggies 423 yards to 328, and in first downs 23 to 17..

For Texas A&M, Stephem McGee completed 19 of 31 passes for 164 yards with one interceptions and rushed for 41 yardsw and 6 carries. Tight end Martlellus Bennett had 4 recrptions for 46 yards. Mike Goodson had 65 yards and 2 TDs on 14.

For Penn St, Anthony Morelli had completed 15 of 31 passes for 143 yards and 1 TD and 1 interception. Rodney Kinlaw had rushed for 143 yards on 21 carries. Reserve running back Evan Royster rushed for 65 yards and 1 TD on 9 carries. Deon Butlker caught 4 passess for 59 yards and 1 TD. Backup quarterback Daryll Clark had rushed for 50 yards and 1 TD on 6 carries.

The Franchoine era officially ends with this bowl loss, and the Aggies will now look forward to a fresh start with the Mike Sherman regime in 2008.

 


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