Longhorns win, send Aggies packing
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas spoiled Texas A&M’s going away party.
Justin Tucker kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Longhorns a 27-25 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night in the likely end of a more than century-old rivalry.
Texas A&M’s last Big 12 game and the 118th meeting between these bitter rivals before the Aggies depart for the Southeastern Conference next season was a thriller befitting one of college football’s oldest and most storied matchups.
The Aggies were down 24-19 before Ryan Tannehill found Jeff Fuller on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 remaining. But the 2-point conversion failed, leaving A&M (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) ahead 25-24.
The Longhorns’ winning drive was helped by a 15-yard personal foul penalty and a 25-yard run by quarterback Case McCoy.
McCoy started Thursday after being benched after a loss to Oklahoma in favor of David Ash.
McCoy struggled to move the offense for much of the game, but he was able to do just enough to get the Longhorns in position for Tucker’s winner.
Texas players spilled onto the field as soon as the kick sailed through the uprights. At the same time, thousands of dejected Aggies fans streamed to the exits in the end of this holiday tradition in this football-crazy state.
Receiver Jaxon Shipley threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in the first half and the Longhorns took advantage of two interceptions in a 17-point third quarter to send the Aggies off with a loss.
Carrington Byndom’s interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter cut Texas A&M’s lead to 16-14.
The Longhorns (7-4, 4-4) took a 17-14 lead on a 23-yard field goal later in the third.
Tannehill’s third interception led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Cody Johnson to extend the Longhorns’ lead to 24-16.
Tannehill was 20 of 49 for 224 yards and Fuller had a season-high seven receptions for 107 yards.
The Longhorns’ normally potent running game didn’t do much with Malcolm Brown leading the group with 17 carries for 39 yards.