When your opponent is lining up for a half-/game-ending Hail Mary pass to the end zone, there is one cardinal rule you should never break: Don’t let one of your opponent’s wide receivers get behind your secondary. Ever.
Fortunately for the Aggies, Oklahoma State broke Rule #1 on Saturday. The result: a 55-yard Hail Mary to end the first half, with WR Terrence Murphy tipping the ball to fellow WR DeQawn Mobely (the one who slipped behind OSU’s deep men) for a back-breaking TD.
Back-breaking in that A&M was already leading 20-6 en route to a relatively easy 36-20 win over the Cowboys. (The relative closeness of the final score is misleading—the Aggies dominated play from start to finish.) The win was the Aggies’ fifth of the season, already surpassing the win total from last season’s 4-8 debacle. It was also A&M’s first road win over a ranked opponent (OSU entered the game ranked #16 in the AP poll) since a win at #16 Colorado in 1997.
Aggie QB Reggie McNeal continued to make a case for being the best run/pass QB in the nation, as he amassed a whopping 386 yards of total offense (19-of-25, 288 yards, 2 TDs passing; 14 carries, 98 yards, 2 TDs rushing) for the game. Furthermore, the Aggies as a team continued their amazing control of turnovers for the season, finishing the game with zero turnovers for a school-record fifth time this season (the Aggies, amazingly, have commited only one turnover all season), while forcing two OSU turnovers to run the Aggies’ season mark to a best-in-the-nation plus-14 in the turnover category.
The win also vaulted the Aggies into the coaches’ poll for the first time this season, entering the poll at #20. The Aggies moved up six spots in the AP poll, settling in at the #17 spot, the Aggies’ highest ranking in the AP poll since being ranked #13 midway through the 1999 season.
A&M is now 5-1 (!) on the season (3-0 in Big XII play). Next game: Saturday, October 23rd vs Colorado.