Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Top 5 moments: Comeback at the Grove
By Sam Khan Jr.
GigEmNation is counting down the top five moments of Texas A&M’s 2012 season this week. No. 4 ...
After starting the season by taking care of the ball as well as could be expected (three turnover-free games in the first four), Texas A&M had a poor showing in that department when it traveled to Oxford, Miss., to face Ole Miss. The Aggies turned it over six times against the Rebels, including three that were committed by quarterback Johnny Manziel, marking the first night he looked like a freshman.
Tailback Ben Malena rushed 18 times for 142 yards and a touchdown vs. Ole Miss.
Trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Aggies seemed doomed for defeat, facing a third-and-19 in the shadow of their own goal line with fewer than eight minutes remaining. That's when the seemingly impossible began to occur. Manziel hit Mike Evans for 32 yards, Ben Malena rushed for 36 than Manziel danced into the end zone from 29 yards out to pull to within four, 27-23, with 6:24 left.
The Aggies stopped the Rebels on fourth down on the ensuing possession, and just four plays later the Aggies took the lead as Manziel found Ryan Swope in the back left corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 30-27 lead at the 1:46 mark. Ole Miss tried to tie or win it, but A&M junior defensive back Toney Hurd intercepted quarterback Bo Wallace at the Aggies' 22-yard line to seal the win.
The seemingly improbable come-from-behind win was a confidence booster for the Aggies, who made mistakes and played a flawed game yet were still able to pull the victory. Eventually, they put together an undefeated road record in their first SEC season.