ABOUT THE GAME:
Aggies failed in their second attempt to qualify for their 34th bowl
game, while dropping to 5-4 overall and 3-3 vs. the Big 12 ... Aggies lose
on the road for the first time this season ... Loss ends five-game road
winning streak by the Aggies that dated back to last year's Oklahoma
State game. All five of the Aggies' five-straight road wins came against
Big 12 opponents.
Aggies received another big game from junior slot receiver Ryan Swope,
who torched the Sooner secondary for 149 yards on eight catches, which
was second-highest single-game receiving yards output of his career. It
was the fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season for Swope, and the
seventh of his career. Swope's signature play on the day was a 79-yard
catch and run late in the second quarter. The 79-yard play was the
Aggies' long play of the season.
is now on pace for 80 catches and 1,165 receiving yards in a 12-game
season. Both would easily eclipse the current school records in both
categories (72 catches by Swope and Jeff Fuller in 2010, and 1,066 yards
by Fuller in 2010). With his 13th career TD catch today, Swope moved
into a tie with Albert Connell for No. 4 on A&M's career TD catches
list behind Fuller (31), Bob Long (19) and Tony Harrison (14).
Aggies' three longest plays of the season have all been
Tannehill-to-Swope TD connections: 79 vs. Oklahoma and two 68-yarders
Ryan Tannehill attempted a career-high 63 passes against Oklahoma, just
one behind the school record of 64 by Branndon Stewart against Colorado
Aggies continued their trend of scoring right before halftime when QB
Ryan Tannehill connected with WR Ryan Swope for a 79-yard touchdown
strike with 1:39 left on the clock. A&M has now scored a touchdown
or a field goal in the final 3:11 of the second quarter in every game
this year, including touchdowns in six straight contests.
· Sophomore RB Ben Malena scored his first career touchdown on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter.
RB Cyrus Gray gained 29 yards on nine carries and 33 yards on six
catches, raising his career all-purpose yards total to 6,098
(fourth-best in Big 12 history).
sixth catch of the game against Oklahoma was the 100th of Cyrus Gray's
career. He is the 11th Aggie to the 100-catch plateau, and trails only
Keith Woodside (110 catches from 1983-87) among running backs on the
having just one catch in the first seven games of his career, redshirt
freshman Malcome Kennedy has now had back-to-back multiple catch games
with 3-for-38 vs. Missouri and 4-for-60 vs. Oklahoma.
· Leaving the game early and not returning were RB Christine Michael (sprained left knee) and WR Ryan Swope (shaken up).
to Norman, Okla., but not suiting up for the Aggies due to injury were
CB Coryell Judie, SS Steve Campbell and WR Kenric McNeal.
· Making his first career start was sophomore Toney Hurd Jr., who started in place of the injured Campbell.
· Aggies trailed 13-10 at halftime, marking the first time this season that A&M has trailed after two quarters.
WR Jeff Fuller improved his streak of consecutive games with at least
one catch to 42 games, which is every game of his career.
· The 12th Man was C.J. Jones, a junior from Houston, who made his eighth straight 12th Man start.
· Game captains were the Aggies' permanent team captains, seniors Ryan Tannehill (offense) and Trent Hunter (defense).