Texas A&M Recovers from Poor Start with 9 Minutes of Football Magic

Chip SosaContributor IIIOctober 7, 2012

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 06:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass against the Ole Miss Rebels during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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For the past several seasons Texas A&M fans have grown accustomed to dramatic late-game comebacks. The only problem is that it always seems to be the Aggies suffering the tough losses. That all changed Saturday night against Ole Miss. 

For three-and-a-half quarters, Texas A&M played its worst football of the season. With six turnovers and poor tackling, the Aggies were doing everything they could to lose, and found themselves down by 10 to an inferior opponent.

In the past, this was the type of game where the Aggies would tuck their tails between their legs, fans would become infuriated and coaches would have to make sure they had a good realtor. But not this year. 

In the final nine minutes, the Aggies provided some impressive fourth-quarter magic and continued to exercise the demons of last season. The final minutes featured more clutch moments than some teams see in a season, highlighted by these five:

Play of the Game 1 

Mike Evans' incredible 32-yard reception. With the Aggies facing 3rd-and-19 and backed up on their own 3-yard line, this circus catch got the offense moving again. As a freshman, Evans has already made a name for himself as a dangerous receiver, but this was by far his biggest catch of the year.

Play of the Game 2 

Only two plays after Evans' catch, Johnny Manziel darted past the Ole Miss defense for a 29-yard touchdown run that brought the Aggies within four points.

Play of the Game 3

Linebacker Jonathan Stewart stuffing Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott on 4th-and-inches with only three minutes left in the game. This was the biggest defensive play of the game, and gave the Aggies plenty of time for a game winning drive. 

Play of the Game 4

Manziel's game-winning touchdown pass to Ryan Swope (see video). With two minutes left in the game, Manziel delivered a pass that will be on the Aggie highlight reel for quite a while.

Play of the Game 5 

Toney Hurd's game-sealing interception. With just over a minute left and Ole Miss in range for a game-tying field goal, Hurd sealed the Texas A&M victory with this play.

Now the Aggies find themselves at an impressive 4-1, with their only blemish being a close season-opening loss to Florida. That loss seems much more reasonable due to the fact that Florida is still undefeated and just knocked off No. 4 LSU.

Texas A&M is far from a perfect team, but has played with a sense of confidence and swagger that's made for must see television. This week they will look to tune things up against Louisiana Tech in preparation for one of the biggest games of the season, an October 20 matchup against LSU at Kyle Field.

Get your popcorn ready.


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