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October 21, 2006
Texas A&M gets OT win in dramatic fashion
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STILLWATER, Okla. -Stephen McGee threw a 3-yard touchdown pass with 3 seconds left in regulation and Red Bryant blocked an extra-point attempt in overtime, allowing No. 23 Texas A&M to escape with a 34-33 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
The Aggies (7-1, 3-1) forced the extra period on a 2-yard touchdown pass from McGee to tight end Joey Thomas at the end of regulation. The Aggies had the ball first in overtime, and needed only three plays to score, with Jorvorskie Lane plowing in from a yard out. Layne Neumann's extra point put Texas A&M ahead 34-27.
Oklahoma State took a 27-20 lead with 3:24 left on a 60-yard touchdown run by Dantrell Savage. But McGee rallied the Aggies, completing a 17-yard shovel pass to Lane on fourth-and-13 from the Texas A&M 32 before hitting Thomas for the tying score.
McGee completed 17 of 26 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns and also led the Aggies in rushing, with 17 carries for 86 yards.
"This is very typical of these young men," Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione said. "They will never give up. We found a way to make one more play and that's based on spirit and character. Jorvorskie Lane made a big tough grab on fourth down and then Red Bryant blocked the extra point. I couldn't be more proud of this group of guys."
Savage carried 13 times for 134 yards for Oklahoma State. Robinson, who replaced the injured Bobby Reid, finished 7-of-16 passing for 94 yards.
Reid, who entered the game as the Big 12's leader in pass efficiency, left the game early in the second quarter after sustaining what Oklahoma State officials said was a mild concussion after being tackled following a 6-yard run. He did not return.
In the first quarter, the game appeared it might be an offensive show. Texas A&M drove 74 yards on its opening possession before settling for a 23-yard field goal by Neumann.
Grant Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Texas A&M 47. A bad snap cost Oklahoma State 13 yards on its first play, but the Cowboys recovered and went ahead 6-3 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Hamilton. Allen's bad snap foiled the extra-point attempt.
The Cowboys threatened again on their next possession, reaching the Aggies 31 before Danny Gorrer intercepted Reid in the end zone.
Texas A&M, going against Robinson, forced a quick Oklahoma State punt, and took advantage of the short field. Martellus Bennett caught a short pass from McGee and bulled into the end zone to complete the 10-yard scoring play with 1:18 left in the half.
Robinson threw second-half touchdown passes of 22 yards to Bowman and 12 yards to John Johnson.