7:40 PM ET, October 6, 2007
Kyle Field, College Station, TX
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Jorvorskie Lane did a little bit of everything to help Texas A&M match the best comeback in school history.
Lane rushed for two touchdowns and had his first TD catch as the Aggies rallied from 17 points down to beat Oklahoma State 24-23 on Saturday night to take over first place in the Big 12 South.
The Aggies (5-1, 2-0) trailed 17-0 at halftime after mustering only 132 yards in the first half against the Cowboys' porous defense, which was allowing a league-worst 443 yards per game.
"We went into the locker room pouting a little bit," said Lane.
Coach Dennis Franchione ripped his team at the break, though he said he made no big adjustments to the game plan.
"I said, 'You played awful. We're better than that,' " he said.
A&M drove 70 yards in 12 plays to open the third quarter, but settled for Matt Szymanski's 22-yard field goal.
Dantrell Savage fumbled on the Cowboys' first play after halftime and A&M safety Alton Dixon recovered at the Oklahoma State 17. Lane scored on a 1-yard run six plays later.
"That was a big momentum swing for us," said defensive end Chris Harrington. "That's the way we wanted to start the second half."
But Oklahoma State (3-3, 1-1) answered with a 15-play drive that chewed up more than seven minutes. Savage scampered for 25 yards on a third-and-22 to keep the Cowboys moving. Dixon and Harrington sacked Zac Robinson on a third-and-goal from the 1 and Jason Ricks kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 20-10 late in the third quarter.
A&M called a running-back pass for Lane to start the final rally. From midfield, Lane took a handoff from quarterback Stephen McGee and heaved a pass to Kerry Franks, who was tackled at the goal line by safety Andre Sexton.
"I throw the football all the time in practice, in walk-throughs, whatever, just because I like to throw the football," Lane said.
Officials reviewed the play to see if Franks scored, but placed the ball at the 1. Lane finished the drive with another 1-yard TD run.
Robinson was knocked out of the game with 13:13 left, after Harrington and Henry Smith hit him. Robinson was helped off the field by two trainers and Bobby Reid, demoted from the starting role in the second game of the season, replaced him.
The Aggies drove 61 yards for the go-ahead score. On third down from the 10, McGee dumped a short pass to the 6-foot, 268-pound Lane, who trotted into the end zone with 8:04 left in the game.
Lane played multiple positions, including quarterback, at Lufkin High School, and he's joked with Franchione that he can play the offensive line and punt as well.
"The guy is amazing, an amazing athlete," Franchione said. "With that body and size and the things he can do, you have to believe that guy's really special."
Reid guided the Cowboys to the Aggies' 8 inside the 5-minute mark. But a holding penalty stalled the drive and Ricks kicked a 25-yard field goal with 3:11 left to cut A&M's lead to 24-23.
Reid finished 6-of-9 for 72 yards.
"Bobby handled himself well," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. "We needed him in there. He did a good job."
The Cowboys forced an A&M punt, but Oklahoma State safety Quinton Moore was called for roughing punter Justin Brantly on a block attempt with 1:46 to go.
The Aggies killed the clock from there, matching their largest all-time comeback. In 1986, A&M trailed Baylor 17-0 and won 31-30.
Adarius Bowman caught two touchdown passes in the first half, one from Savage on a trick play. Robinson went 10-for-17 for 158 yards before he was injured.
"As coaches, these losses hurt," Gundy said. "I thought we put ourselves in a position where we could win, but we just made key mistakes that kept us from winning."
Robinson missed on five of his first six passes, then kick-started the Cowboys early in the second quarter with two long completions to tight end Brandon Pettigrew. From the A&M 29-yard line, Robinson handed off to Savage and the senior running back threw his first career pass to Bowman between two defenders in the end zone.
After the Aggies punted, Robinson found Bowman open down the sideline for a 47-yard score, Bowman's fourth TD catch against A&M in the last two seasons. Jason Ricks tacked on a 32-yard field goal in the final minute of the half to make it 17-0.
McGee threw a meaningless 48-yard pass to Franks on the last play before the break, when most of Oklahoma State's defense was far down the field. Before that, A&M had mustered only 84 yards.
"The defense took the challenge," Gundy said. "They played well on the road."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||8-15||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|TD||10:32||Adarius Bowman 29 Yd Pass From Dantrell Savage (Jason Ricks Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 89 yds, 1:58
|TD||06:49||Adarius Bowman 47 Yd Pass From Zac Robinson (Jason Ricks Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 71 yds, 2:02
|FG||00:26||Jason Ricks 32 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 57 yds, 4:04
|FG||10:51||Matt Szymanski 22 Yd |
Drive: 12 plays, 70 yds, 4:09
|TD||07:29||Jorvorskie Lane 1 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick)||17||10|
|FG||00:06||Jason Ricks 25 Yd||20||10|
|TD||13:20||Jorvorskie Lane 1 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick)||20||17|
|TD||08:04||Jorvorskie Lane 10 Yd Pass From Stephen Mcgee (Matt Szymanski Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 61 yds, 3:01
|FG||03:11||Jason Ricks 25 Yd |
Drive: 12 plays, 81 yds, 4:53