December 30, 2007

Aggies come within inches of ending with a bang

Texas A&M dropped the one and only game of the Gary Darnell era, 24-17, to Penn State Saturday night at the Alamo in San Antonio in a game that represented much of the 2007 season under former head coach Dennis Franchione. After jumping out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, the Aggies scored just three points the rest of the way as the Nittany Lions took control of the scoreboard.

But the Aggies were able to reel off two of the longest drives Penn State's vaunted defense had allowed all season. Those drives resulted in just three points.

Down 24-17, the Aggies were pinned at the one-yard line after true freshman receiver Roger Holland ran back to field a 55-yard punt by Penn State punter Jeremy Boone that he fumbled and recovered at the one-yard line. The Aggies chances at that point seemed null and void, but then Stephen McGee put together his best drive of the night.

On two consecutive third downs, McGee threw completions to E.J. Shankle and Martellus Bennett, respectively, for big gains. A big run from Mike Goodson, who had both A&M touchdowns on the night, and more McGee brought the Aggies to the two-yard line.

But that's when the drive turned from momentum-building into the next season back to the normal hijinx that has cursed the Aggies all season. With less than a yard to go the Aggies ran an option to the right. Before he could pitch the ball McGee slipped and fell for a four-yard loss that basically sealed the game for the Nittany Lions.

"It's just tough. You get one yard and you think you can get it in," McGee said. "They just had one extra guy and they were ready for it. You have to give them credit there. They made the stop and the made the play.

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