AUSTIN, Texas – Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards and had two long touchdown runs to help No. 17 Texas A&M beat Texas 24-17 on Thursday night, sending the Longhorns to their first losing season since 1997.
Gray had touchdown runs of 84 yards in the second quarter and 48 yards in the third. Von Miller intercepted a tipped pass at the Texas A&M 11 with 2:37 left to kill what looked like a drive for the tying touchdown.
Jeff Fuller also caught a touchdown pass and Randy Bullock kicked a 50-yard field goal for the Aggies (9-3, 6-2 Big 12).
Texas’ fifth home loss of the season means the Longhorns (5-7) won’t be eligible for a bowl just one season after playing for the national championship.
One season after winning the Big 12, Texas finished dead last in the South division.
The Aggies won their sixth game in a row and still have a chance to win the Big 12 South if Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Aggies would still be a long shot for the Big 12 championship game because of a tiebreaker based on BCS standings.
Cody Johnson rushed for 107 yards for Texas.
Gray is the first Texas A&M running back to reach 200 yards since 1995.