Game 11: @Texas

Every now and then, I get this funny feeling in my gut.

No, not gas. It’s this funny feeling that some underdog A&M team is going to win a game that no one gives them a shot of winning. It’s a feeling that doesn’t come very often, mind you. In fact, the last time I can remember feeling it was in 1998, prior to the Big XII championship game against #2 Kansas State—and any Aggie can tell you how that one went.

So here we were this year, 11-point ‘dogs to #5 Texas, and I’ve got that funny feeling again. Then comes the game. It’s 6-all just before the half with Texas sitting on the A&M 1-yard line ready to score the go-ahead TD when it happens—Texas QB Vince Young fumbles the ball trying to reach for the goal line, the ball bounces right into the hands of Aggie DB Jonte Buhl, and he’s off, 98 yards the other way to give Texas A&M a 13-6 lead going into halftime. Unbelievable.

But then comes the second half… Texas RB Cedric Benson runs roughshod over a tiring Aggie defense… the Longhorns’ defense repeatedly pierces the Aggies offensive line, running A&M QB Reggie McNeal ragged… Texas wins, 26-13.

So I guess it was just gas.

Texas A&M finishes the regular season at 7-4 (5-3 in Big XII play)—a stellar 3 1/2 game improvement over last season’s disaster—with a postseason bowl invite (Holiday?) soon to be coming.