Texas A&M: Statue of Liberty and Trick Plays Can't Save Aggies' Season

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Christine Michael #33 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Early in their game last Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Texas A&M Aggies pulled a rabbit out of their hat in the form of the famous Statue of Liberty play.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill faked a throw toward the flat and stuck the ball behind his back, where running back Christine Michael grabbed it and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown.

At least that's the way it looked. After the game, it was all passed off as little more than a mistake. As it turns out, Michael snagged the ball out of Tannehill's hand before he could throw the pass.

Whether it was by design or by mistake, it sure worked out well for the Aggies.

If only the rest of the game had played out so well.

The Aggies jumped out to a 35-17 lead before eventually losing the game, 42-38.

Losing games in this fashion has become a huge problem for the Aggies. Last week, they blew a 20-3 lead against Oklahoma State.

Two losses do not an entire season make, but many of the Aggies' goals for the season are already in jeopardy because of those two losses.

No one within the team would likely admit it, but there were hopes that they could find themselves in the national title race. They would have to beat Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to get there. Obviously, that's out the window now.

More realistically, they were hoping to be players in the Big 12 race. Losing to Oklahoma State puts them behind the eight ball. They can still get there, but that would require them to beat Oklahoma and have teams ahead of them lose.

If only the Aggies' season so far had come as easy as this play against Arkansas. Then, all their season goals would still be very much in play.