Texas A&M hosted undefeated and No. 2 ranked Texas on Thanksgiving night in front of a sold out Kyle Field and national TV audience. The Aggies scored first and kept it close throughout the game, but their upset bid fell just short as the Horns escaped College Station with a 49-39 shootout win. Colt McCoy passed for 304 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 175 yards and 1 TD to lead the Horns.
The Aggies started with a bang when on their third play from scrimmage after receiving the opening kickoff, Jerrod Johnson found Jeff Fuller open behind the Horn secondary for a 70-yard touchdown pass to give Texas A&M an early 7-0 lead.
Texas drove to the Aggie 36-yard line where facing 4th-and-6 the Horns faked a punt but were tackled short of a first down.
After forcing an Aggie punt, Texas drove 67 yards in 12 plays, with Colt McCoy connecting with Jordan Shipley for a 14-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 3:42 left in the first quarter.
The Aggies drove to the Texas 45-yard line, but were again forced to punt. Facing 3rd-and-3, Colt McCoy scrambled up the middle and raced 65 yards untouched for a Horn touchdown to give Texas a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
An exchange of punts gave Texas A&M the ball at their 8-yard line. The Aggies drove 92 yards in 8 plays, with Jerrod Johnson throwing his second touchdown pass of the night to Jeff Fuller, this from 14 yards out to tie the game 14-14 midway through the second quarter.
The Horns responded by driving 88 yards in 12 plays, with Colt McCoy hitting Jordan Shipley for another 14-yard touchdown to give Texas a 21-14 lead.
Texas A&M came back to drive 67 yards in 10 plays with Jerrod Johnson throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Howard Morrow to again tie the game, this at 21-all with 1:11 left in the first half.
That proved to be too much time to give Colt McCoy and the Horns. Texas marched 64 yards in 7 plays with Colt McCoy tossing a 5-yard touchdown to James Kirkendoll with four seconds left in the first half to take a 28-21 halftime lead.
At the half, Texas led in total yards, 398 to 245, and in first downs, 17-11.
It was a real quarterback shootout in the first half.
For Texas, Colt McCoy had completed 18 of 26 passes for 222 yards and 3 TDs and had rushed for 119 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries. Malcolm Williams had 5 catches for 99 yards while Jordan Shipley had 8 catches for 88 yards and 2 TDs.
For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson had completed 13 of 15 passes for 199 yards and 3 TDs. Jeff Fuller had 3 catches for 89 yards and 2 TDs.
Texas received the second half kickoff and drove to the Aggie 43-yard line where on 4th-and-1 the Horns went for it and Colt McCoy was stuffed for no gain, turning the ball over to Texas A&M with good field position.
The Aggies were unable to take advantage of the good field position when after picking up one first down running back Christine Michael fumbled a handoff and Texas recovered. Texas capitalized on the turnover by driving 58 yards in 8 plays with Tre' Newton puyshing through the Aggie defense on a 7-yard touchdosn run to give Texas a 35-21 lead at the 8:26 mark of the third quarter.
Texas A&M drove to the Texas 13-yard line but a Jerrod Johnson pass was intercepted by Horn cornerback Earl Thomas in the endzone for a touchback.
The Aggie defense forced Texas 3-and-out and the Horn punt was returned by Jordan Pugh to midfield. On their first play from scrimmage, Jerrod took the snap and took off up the middle for a 38-yard gain to the Texas 12-yard line. After a sack on third down, Randy Bullock kicked a 31-yard field goal to cut the Horn lead to 35-24 with 1:24 left in the third quarter.
The resurgent Aggie defense once again forced Texas 3-and-out and got good field position at the Texas 49-yard line. After Jerrod Johnson completions to Uzoma Nwachukwu and Jeff Fuller the Aggies used three straight powerful runs by Christine Michael, the last for 16 yards and a touchdown. The Aggies went for two and Jerrod Johnson hit Ryan Tannehill to cut the Texas lead to 35-32 with 13:38 left in the game.
Texas responded to the Aggie threat. Colt McCoy scrambled for a 43-yard gain to give the Horns first down at the Aggie 45-yard line. Facing 3rd-and-12, Colt McCoy found James Kirkendoll for a short gain bit Kirkendoll broke a couple of tackles en route to a 47-yard touchdown to extend the Horn lead to 42-32 with twelve minutes to go in the game.
Texas A&M once again came back by driving 78 yards in 11 plays, with Jerrod Johnson completing his third touchdown pass of the night to Jeff Fuller, this from 20 yards, to slice the Texas lead to 42-39 with just under seven minutes to play.
Texas quickly regained their 10-point lead when by Marquise Goodwin returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a a touchdown to give Texas a 49-39 lead.
After a 39-yard Ryan Swope kickoff return, the Aggies drove to the Texas 6-yard line before facing 4th-and-3 the Aggie chose to attempt a field goal to make it a one-score game. But the 23-yard Randy Bullock Field goal attempt was wide right, giving Texas the ball with a 10-point lead and three minutes left in the game.
Texas picked up a couple of first downs to run out the clock and escape College Station with a 49-39 win.
Both Texas and Texas A&M ended the night with 26 first downs. The Horns edged the Aggies in total yards, 597 to 532.
For Texas, Colt McCoy completed 26 of 40 passes for 304 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 175 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries. Malcolm Williams caught 9 passes for 132 yards and Jordan Shipley caught 8 passes for 88 yards and 2 TDs. Tre' Newton rushed for 107 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries.
For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson matched McCoy stride for stride, completing 26 of 33 passes for 342 yards and 4 TDs with 1 interception and rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries. Jeff Fuller caught 6 passes for 132 yards and 3 TDs. Christine Michael rushed for 83 yards and 1 TD on 19 carries.
The Aggie offense was outstanding against what many consider the top defense in the country. The Aggie defense came back from a poor first half to put in a solid second half performance that kept the Aggies in the game.
While just short of the upset Aggie fans were hoping for, this Aggie team showed significant improve this season and in this game earned some well deserved national respect.
Texas A&M now waits to learn which bowl game it will be playing in.