The University of Texas Longhorns came out on top of the Texas A&M Aggies in their last rivalry game in the foreseeable future, 27-25. The Longhorns and Aggies have had the third most played rivalry in college football, meeting 118 times since 1894 and every year since 1915. Because A&M is moving to the SEC next season, this was potentially the last installment of this storied series.
The first quarter was all A&M as quarterback Ryan Tannehill connected with running back Ben Malena for a touchdown on their first drive. The Aggies’ defense forced the young Texas offense to go three and out on their first five drives and forced a punt and fumble on the next two drives.
Texas was able to score in the second quarter on a one-play 41-yard drive. The score was a trick play where wide receiver Jaxon Shipley pulled up short and threw the ball downfield to tight end Blaine Irby.
A&M maintained a lead of 16-7 heading into halftime, built mostly on kicker Randy Bullock’s three field goals from 49 yards, 52 yards and 29 yards.
The Aggies were once again troubled by third quarter trouble when Longhorn corner Carrington Byndom intercepted Tannehill’s pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing drive, Aggies’ punter Ryan Epperson’s 47-yard punt was returned 81 yards to the Texas A&M nine-yard line. The Aggies’ defense held, but Texas was able to score 10 points in the first eight minutes of the second half with only three yards of total offense.
Two plays later, Tannehill was picked off again on the Aggies’ own 24-yard line, leading to another UT touchdown.
The Aggies made a great fourth quarter comeback, keeping the Longhorns out of the end zone and kicking a field goal with five minutes and 56 seconds left to cut the lead to five. With a minute and 48 seconds left on the clock, Tannehill hit wide receiver Jeff Fuller on a 16-yard touchdown pass to cap an eight-play 68-yard drive. The Aggies went for the two-point conversion to push their lead to three but were unable to convert.
The Longhorns got the ball back on the A&M 29 with 1:42 left on the clock. Longhorn quarterback Case McCoy was able to drive the field with three passes and a 25-yard run, with help from a defensive personal foul against A&M. The Longhorns were able to stall until the final seconds and kick the game winning field goal.
McCoy finished the game completing 16 out of 27 passes for 110 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Shipley had the only passing touchdown of the night for the Longhorns. The Aggies stymied the Longhorn rushing game, only giving up 86 yards on 37 carries and one rushing touchdown.
Tannehill completed 20 out of 49 passes for 224 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Fuller had seven catches for 107 yards and one touchdown. Although the Aggies were playing without their two starting running backs, Malena had 25 carries for 83 yards and four receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown.
UT leads the all time series 76-37-5. The Longhorns are now 7-4 (4-4 Big 12) and the Aggies finished the season 6-6 (4-5 Big 12).
The Aggies are finished with the regular season, but are likely to play in a bowl game. The Longhorns’ next game is against Baylor on Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. (ET).