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SAN ANTONIO, Texas Texas A&M’s defense stopped Tony Moore on a third-and-goal play with nine second remaining to sneak out of the Alamodome with a 28-24 victory Saturday evening in the AT&T Corps Classic.
Jorvorski Lane rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns, and Stephen McGee gained 142 yards on the ground as the Aggies hung on to defeat a spirited Army team in front of a sellout crowd of 64,583 spectators at the Alamodome.
The game, which was tightly contested throughout, was not decided until Texas A&M’s defense stopped Moore. Without any timeouts, remaining, Army watched as Aggie players and coaches stormed onto the field as time expired.
Lane’s third touchdown of the game, a four-yard burst up the middle with 6:29 to play in the third quarter proved to be the deciding score.
The game, which featured three ties, was knotted 14-14 at halftime. The momentum appeared to swing in the Aggies’ favor early in the second half when Devin Gregg intercepted David Pevoto’s pass on the first play of the half’s opening drive. The Aggies made the Black Knights pay as quarterback Stephen McGee connected with Chad Shroeder on a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Army was forced to punt on its next possession, but the Black Knights regained the ball at the Texas A&M 38-yard line when Aggie return man Schroeder fumbled it away. Army scored four plays later to tie the game at 21-all on Wesley McMahand’s nifty 21-yard run for his second touchdown run of the game.
Army pulled to within 28-24 late in the fourth quarter on Austin Miller’s 36-yard field goal, but that was as close as the Black Knights would get.
Army’s final drive was set up by its defense, which stuffed Lane on a fourth-and-one play. The Black Knights, who took over possession of the ball at the 27-yard line following the turnover on downs, drove the ball deep into Aggie territory and had a first-and goal on the 2-yard line after a pass interference penalty versus Texas A&M on a fourth down pass attempt.
Army had three cracks at the end zone, but came up empty.
Texas A&M took an early 7-0 lead as the Aggies took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards on 10 plays, taking the initial lead of the game on Lane’s 1-yard touchdown run.
Army came right back with a 75-yard touchdown drive of its own. McMahand capped the scoring surge with his first career touchdown-a 6-yard scamper around the left side of the offensive line.
Following a 13-yard punt off the foot of Justin Brantly, Army was set up at the Aggie 43-yard line. The Black Knights did not waste any time taking advantage of the excellent field position as junior wide receiver Corey Anderson took the ball on a reverse and scampered 43 yards for his first collegiate rushing touchdown. The score delivered Army its first lead of the contest at 14-7 with 11:07 remaining in the second quarter.
The see-saw battle continued as Texas A&M tied the score at 14-14 with a 79-yard scoring drive, capped by Lane’s second one-yard touchdown run of the evening. Aggie quarterback Stephen McGee’s 36-yard run helped set up the game-tying score.
Neither team was able to penetrate the end zone during the final 7:11 of the first half and headed into halftime with the score knotted at 14-14.
McMahand finished with 68 yards rushing on 14 carries. Pevoto completed the contest 17 of 32 passing for a career-high 136 yards. Mike Viti carried the ball a career-high six times for a career-high 46 yards. Walter Hill and Jeremy Trimble each caught five passes for 48 yards.
The crowd of 64,583 spectators was the largest to witness a regular season college football game at the Alamodome, and the eighth largest football crowd all-time in Alamodome history.
Army returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. when the Black Knights travel to Waco, Texas, to battle Baylor.