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Texas Bowl update recap: Texas A&M rallied but too late, Lose to Oklahoma State, 31-23

Key Final Stats

Aggies leaders

Marcel Reed 20 of 33, 361 yards, 1 INT

Marcel Reed 10 rushes, 29 yards

Jahdae Walker, 8 receptions, 137 yards

Cowboys leaders

Alan Bowman 34 of 49, 402 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT

Ollie Gordon II 27 attempts, 118 yards, 1 TD

Brennan Presley 16 receptions, 152 yards

Team stat summary

Total plays-yards: A&M 60-445, OKST 79-570

Rushing: A&M 25 for 73 yards, OKST 29 for 134 yards

Passing: A&M 21-35 for 372 yards, OKST 35-50 for 436 yards

First Quarter 14:50 — Cowboys 0, Aggies 0

The Aggies get off to a terrible start as the game’s first play from scrimmage ends with quarterback Jaylen Henderson being upended and landing awkwardly on his right (non-throwing) arm. He found Jahdae Walker on an 11-yard pass that resulted in a first down, but he remained on the field until the training crew showed up. Henderson was allowed to leave the field, but an air cast covered his right arm from the palm to the shoulder. It seemed improbable that he will return. After a three-and-out, backup Marcell Reed took over, and the Aggies turned the ball over on downs. During the opening play of the game, Aggies quarterback Jaylen Henderson took a hard hit to the arm. With a brace on his right arm that prevented it from moving, he left the field.  True freshman Marcel Reed in now for A&M.

8:57 Cowboys 3, Aggies 0

Alex Hale’s 19-yard field goal came after a 9-play scoring drive by Oklahoma State. Ollie Gordon, the recipient of the Doak Walker Award, scored 22 yards on his first rush. Following a 30-yard pass to Rashod Owens from quarterback Alan Bowman to the Aggie 10-yard line, the defense stiffened, setting up Hale’s field goal.

4:34 — Aggies 3, Cowboys 3

Marcel Reed leads the Aggies 56 yards in 11 plays on his first complete drive, which sets up Randy Bond’s 37-yard field goal. Amari Daniels, the running back, got A&M going with a 13-yard gain on the ground. Jahdae Walker and Moose Muhammad each received accurate passes from Reed that went for 14 and 22 yards, respectively. Reed targets Walker five times during the drive, suggesting that he is his first choice.

0:21 — Cowboys 10, Aggies 3

The Cowboys had no trouble driving down the field; they cover 65 yards in a flash and end with a floater from Bowman to find Rashod Owens for a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone. On the drive, Gordon ran for 29 yards, including a hard gain of 11 yards that put the Cowboys in the red zone. Just two out of the ten plays in the drive were forced to go for less than four yards by the Aggie defense.

Second Quarter

11:31 Cowboys 10, Aggies 6

Reed does a good job directing Texas A&M’s offense. The Aggies used more manpower and a run play after reaching a third-and-two. However, Reed held onto the ball and lofted a pass to tight end Jaden Platt, who was able to gain 39 yards before being tackled. Bond’s second field goal of the game to narrow the margin was set up by an eight-yard dagger to Max Wright and a pass interference flag against the Cowboys.

9:29 — Cowboys 17, Aggies 6

The Oklahoma State offense appears unstoppable as they cover 75 yards in less than two minutes to establish a two-possession lead. After Brennan Presley was discovered by Bowman for 26 yards, Presley tricked Owens by lifting the ball for an additional 34 yards. Son of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, Gunnar Gundy, entered the game and successfully converted a 10-yard quarterback keeper into a touchdown.

0:35 — Cowboys 24, Aggies 6

After going three-and-out, the Aggies forced their first punt of the game and once again let the Cowboys run right through. Oklahoma State completes the game with a one-yard touchdown from Gordon after traveling 83 yards in 13 plays. To extend the drive and score one more touchdown before the half, the Cowboys converted two third downs and one fourth down.

Third Quarter

9:44 — Cowboys 24, Aggies 13

Dalton Brooks was the young player the Aggies needed to step up, and he did. After the true freshman intercepted Bowman, A&M gained the upper hand. The Aggies were posing a danger after tight end Max Wright scored 40 yards. Amari Daniels’ one rush was all that was required for A&M to cross the end zone following a defensive holding. An excellent start for the Aggies in the second half.

7:17 — Cowboys 31, Aggies 13

The Cowboys ran 80 yards in six plays, putting on another impressive touchdown drive. Before finding Leon Johnson III deep for 32 yards, Bowman connects with Owens for consecutive gains of 15 yards. The Pokes extended their lead once more as Owens was the recipient of a brilliantly timed throw in the end zone. Owens has established a new career high with 155 receiving yards.

4:08 — Cowboys 31, Aggies 20

The Texas A&M true freshman quarterback, Marcel Reed, appeared assured and at ease as he guided a quick-striking, six-play drive that culminated in his 20-yard touchdown run. The Aggies never faced a third down thanks to two runs and two passes from Reed, including a 32-yard pass to Jahdae Walker.

Fourth Quarter

5:07 — Cowboys 31, Aggies 23

The drive’s key play was a 34-yard catch and run by Jahdae Walker off of a pass from Reed that took the Cowboys from their 29-yard line to the A&M 37-yard line. Three Oklahoma State defenders approached Walker after the grab, so he danced around them to gain more yardage. After that, the drive stalled, but kicker Randy Bond made a Texas Bowl record with a 51-yard field goal that dove off the crossbar. The game is now one score because the Cowboys led by 18 at the half. Despite an unlikely comeback by Texas A&M, the game ended 31-23 after Reed’s desperate pass was intercepted in the last seconds.

Throughout the entire game, you could hear your heartbeat from a mile away. An all round fantastic play. Everyone deserved what they got

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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