No. 7 Oklahoma St rallies to 30-29 win over A&M

Texas A&M’s coaches spent halftime Saturday reminding the

team about what happened in the second half last year against

Oklahoma State after the Aggies took a big lead into the break.

That didn’t stop it from happening again.

Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 438 yards and two

scores and Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper combined for 244 yards

receiving as No. 7 Oklahoma State rallied for a 30-29 win over No.

8 Texas A&M.

The Aggies built a 20-3 halftime lead before the Cowboys(4-0,

1-0 Big 12) took advantage of three Texas A&M turnovers and

numerous penalties to reel off 27 straight points to take a 30-20

lead.

Jeff Fuller caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 remaining

for A&M’s first score since the second quarter to get A&M

within 30-27.

A&M’s defense forced a punt and the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) got

the ball back with almost two minutes remaining, but Ryan Tannehill

threw his third interception to seal the Cowboys’ win.

Blackmon ran 39 yards into A&M’s end zone for a safety as

time expired to leave it at 30-29.

The matchup was oddly similar to last year’s matchup between

these teams when A&M led 21-7 at halftime before errors led to

a 38-35 Oklahoma State win in Stillwater.

”We gave the game away,” Aggies safety Hunter said. ”We

didn’t step up and play with the same passion we did in the first

half. We weren’t going out with that same fire and we weren’t ready

to fight. Regardless of what they did in the second half … we

just didn’t go out and want to win.”

Oklahoma State won its fourth straight in the series and its

seventh overall on the road in the first top 10 matchup at Kyle

Field since 1975. It marks the first time the Cowboys have won

consecutive games in College Station.

It could be the last time these teams meet in conference play

with the Aggies likely headed to the Southeastern Conference next

season. It was a fact not lost on the few Oklahoma State fans in

attendance who chanted, ”Big 12, Big 12” as the final seconds of

the game ticked away.

”It’s almost exactly the same scenario, but we had a bigger

lead this year,” Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said of the

second-half collapse. ”They did a great job in the second half – a

lot better job than they did. We certainly helped in that regard,

but they did a good job.”

Texas A&M kept Oklahoma State’s high-powered offense in

check through the first two quarters, but looked frazzled and tired

dealing with its frenetic pace after halftime.

Several Texas A&M players had cramps and some had to receive

IVs at halftime.

”Some guys on defense cramped up, about three or four guys, but

that’s football,” defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie said. ”That’s

not an excuse for the way we played in the second half.”

Jeremy Smith ran untouched into the end zone on a 13-yard run

that cut the lead to 20-10 early in the third quarter. Blackmon’s

TD catch got the Cowboys within three and they took a 24-20 lead

when Weeden found Tracy Moore on a 4-yard pass after an A&M

fumble.

Quinn Sharp added two short field goals in the fourth quarter to

extend the lead.

Tannehill threw for 309 yards and two scores and ran for another

touchdown and Ryan Swope had 105 yards receiving for A&M.

”We had so much on the line coming into this game and we were

so excited,” Tannehill said. ”Any loss is tough, but this one

especially hurts.”

On Blackmon’s score in the third quarter, Weeden found him in

the corner of the end zone, but he dropped the ball well out of

bounds and officials first said it was an incomplete pass. Blackmon

yelled at an official that it was a touchdown as he walked away and

after a review, the star receiver ended up being right. It was an

11-yard touchdown pass and Oklahoma was within 20-17.

The Cowboys were helped earlier in that drive when A&M’s

Jonathan Stewart hit Anyiam when he was out of bounds and the

penalty tacked on 13 yards to the 9-yard reception.

Kenric McNeal caught a 33-yard pass from Tannehill on the second

play of A&M’s next drive, but fumbled, giving the Cowboys the

ball right back.

They took advantage of the error and got their first lead of the

game, 24-20, when Weeden hit Moore in the back of the end zone for

the TD.

On a repeat of their last drive, Texas A&M just got one play

in before turning the ball over on the second. This time Tannehill

was intercepted by Brodrick Brown.

The Aggies caught a break, though when Blackmon caught an 8-yard

pass and was heading toward the end zone when he fumbled at the

2-yard line and the ball rolled out of the back of the end zone for

a touchback.

But Texas A&M didn’t get anything out of it when Tannehill

threw another interception on the next drive which Oklahoma State

converted into a short field goal that pushed the lead to 27-20

early in the fourth quarter.

Tannehill got A&M going on the fourth play of the game when

he faked a handoff to Cyrus Gray and dashed 65 yards up the middle

for a touchdown to make it 7-0.

The Aggies put together a 10-play, 86-yard drive capped by a

17-yard touchdown pass to Fuller to go up 17-3 early in the second

quarter.