October 21, 2006

Painful Homecoming

STILLWATER - The first scoring drive of the game was a lot like the final scoring drive of the game for the Oklahoma State Cowboys: A touchdown followed by a missed extra point.

And considering the final score of the game, 34-33 in favor of No. 23 Texas A&M, those two points proved to be the difference between a win and a loss, as the Aggies left Boone Pickens Stadium victorious in what became an overtime thriller.

But even without those two extra points, the Cowboys (4-3 overall, 1-2 Big 12) were still in position to win as the fourth quarter ran down. After scoring a 60-yard touchdown via the legs of Dantrell Savage, OSU had a 27-20 lead with only 3:24 left in the game. The Cowboy defense then had a chance to close the door on the game for good, when the Aggies (7-1, 3-1) faced a 4th-and-13 situation with only 1:43 left.

The D failed to answer, allowing A&M quarterback Stephen McGee to complete a 17-yard pass to running back Jorvorskie Lane. That led to the game-tying score, which forced overtime. From there, A&M scored again and OSU followed suit, only to miss the potential game-tying extra point.

It was a sad ending to what was shaping up to be a heroic night for freshman quarterback Zac Robinson. The Colorado native was thrust into duty after starter Bobby Reid suffered what is being reported as a mild concussion, which took him out of the game. Robinson took over the offense the rest of the way, guiding them to 27 points. He finished the night with three touchdown passes and 94 yards in the air.

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