College Football Throwback Thursday: Seven best upsets by Texas A&M since 1994
In Week 8, Texas A&M travels to Tuscaloosa to take on the undefeated, No. 1 Crimson Tide. Texas A&M, however, sits undefeated as well, marking the first time the Aggies have gone 6-0 since 1994. Since that season, the Aggies have had plenty of success, including upsetting some of the top teams in the country at the time.
So, since Texas A&M has the opportunity to upset the No. 1 team in the nation this week, we throw it back to the seven best Texas A&M upsets since the end of the 1994 season.
No. 19 Oklahoma State
Nov. 1, 1997
The Cowboys began with a touchdown in the first three minutes of the game, and while Texas A&M answered that first score, the Aggies went scoreless for the next two quarters. Oklahoma State, however, continued to drive the score up, posting another two touchdowns before the fourth quarter began,
“In a game that seemed hopelessly lost and woefully out of hand midway through the fourth quarter, the Aggies mounted a final, furious 15-point rally that tied the game at the end of regulation,” Texas A&M Athletics said.
Texas A&M held Oklahoma State to a field goal on its first possession of overtime, and once the Aggies had the ball, three plays were ran before running back D’Andre Hardeman pushed himself into the end zone for the game winning touchdown.
No. 25 Texas A&M defeated No. 19 Oklahoma State 28-25 in a game not likely to be forgotten by Aggie fans.
No. 2 Nebraska
Oct. 10, 1998
The Aggies jumped out an early lead in the game after quarterback Randy McCown tossed the ball to Chris Taylor for an 81-yard touchdown, and it took some time before the Huskers were able to answer. It was early in the second quarter when Nebraska ran it into the end zone, and the Aggies didn’t waste any time snagging the lead again before halftime.
In their first possession of the second half the Huskers’ quarterback was sacked on three consecutive plays before he fumbled the ball, allowing the Aggies to recover and post the only touchdown in the third quarter for either team.
However, after the Aggies made their final touchdown of the game in the fourth, Nebraska attempted to even out the score, posting two touchdowns with about four minutes remaining.
Texas A&M was forced to punt, and Nebraska began to edge closer to the Aggies’ goal line. However, the Aggies’ Sedrick Curry intercepted a Huskers’ pass and ended the Nebraska comeback. Much to the Huskers’ dismay, the scoreboard showed 28-21 with No. 18 Texas A&M over the No. 2 Huskers.
No. 7 Texas
Nov. 26, 1999
In their 106th meeting, the Longhorns’ and Aggies’ feud continued in this emotional rivalry battle. But, just eight days earlier, 12 Texas A&M students and alumni were killed in the collapse of a rivalry bonfire that the school participated in preparation for the Texas game each year, according to ESPN. In respect for the deceased, Texas cancelled its annual ‘hex rally.”
In the first quarter, both teams went scoreless until the clock showed about four minutes left. At this point, Texas A&M's running back Ja'Mar Toombs ran in for a score. On the following play, the snap was bobbled and the Aggies’ kicker attempted to pass the ball, leading a Texas player to intercept it and run 96 yards for the two-point conversion. In the second quarter, Texas began to pull away from the Aggies, tallying two touchdowns before halftime.
But the Aggies prevented the Longhorns from scoring in the second half, which allowed Texas A&M to tally two more touchdowns to win the game.
It may have been the lack of a hexing or the added emotion, but No. 24 Texas A&M, led by Toombs, pulled out a 20-16 win over the No. 7 team in the nation that day in front of the largest crowd to witness a football game at the time.
No. 1 Oklahoma
Nov. 9, 2002
In similar fashion to the matchup on Saturday against Alabama, the 6-4 Aggies faced the No. 1 team in the nation, and while many believed they would lose, they pulled out their first upset of a No. 1 team at Kyle Field.
Led by freshman quarterback Reggie McNeal, who threw for 191 yards and four touchdowns during the game, the Aggies trailed in the game until the second quarter, entering the half up by seven.
The two teams battled fiercely in the third. However, Texas A&M tallied two more touchdowns, whereas the Sooners were only able to post a touchdown and a field goal. In the fourth, the teams swapped field goals, and the Aggies handed Oklahoma its only loss of the season with a score of 30-26.
No. 8 Oklahoma
Nov. 6, 2010
While the last time the Aggies upset Oklahoma the game remained close, this time was not so close. The Sooners left Kyle Field that evening with a 14-point loss.
It all started with the first half, where the Aggies’ defense held the Sooners to a scoreless half, posting a touchdown and two field goals on offense in the meantime.
However, the Sooners were not going to roll over so easily, going on a 19-point spree after coming out of the locker room. However, Texas A&M continued to post its own points, while Oklahoma just couldn’t close the gap. The Aggies walked away with a 33-19 win.
No. 9 Nebraska
Nov. 20, 2010
Just a few weeks after their victory over Oklahoma, the Aggies tallied another upset on their 2010 record. However, there wasn’t a single touchdown scored in this game. The pressure came down to kickers, Aggie Randy Bullock and Husker Alex Henery, to secure the win for their teams.
Henery posted the first points for Nebraska with an impressive 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, but in the second, Bullock answered with a 28-yarder of his own to tie the game going into the half.
Both teams remained scoreless in the third, but three field goals were made in the fourth — two for Texas A&M and one for Nebraska. It was Bullock who was able to send one through the uprights with about three minutes in the game to spare for the win, 9-6.
No. 1 Alabama
Nov. 11, 2012
Much like they will this Saturday, the Aggies traveled to Tuscaloosa to face the undefeated No. 1 Alabama. The Aggies shocked the nation and upset the Crimson Tide 29-24.
Within the first quarter, the Aggies posted three touchdowns and held the Tide to a scoreless quarter. However, the Tide would not go out quietly, scoring two touchdowns of their own in the second. Still, going into the half, Texas A&M led 20-14.
Coming out of the locker room, both teams’ defenses battled, leaving only Alabama with a single field goal in the third. Early into the fourth quarter, however, the Aggies posted their own field goal before following a few minutes later with a touchdown. Alabama, tacked on one more score with about six minutes left in the game, but it wasn't enough. The Aggies added another ‘W’ to their record and handed the Tide its only loss in 2012.
Will history repeat itself?
Texas A&M could shake up college football in Week 8 with an upset over No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama. The Aggies were able to pull off plenty of upsets in the past 22 years, and anyway, it’s college football. Anything could happen.