Thursday Night Special

Kendall Hunter

What a night in Stillwater.

Boone Pickens Stadium was the site of one of the better games of the young season. The winner stays on pace in the Big 12 South, and the loser takes a step back and the path becomes tougher. Texas A&M was hoping to sneak out with a win, but Oklahoma State aimed to defend their home turf and make a statement on national TV.

The game was every bit of excitement. One team delivers a punch and the other one brushes it off and answers back.

The Aggies jumped out to a 21-7 lead going into halftime. But the Cowboys ran off 21 straight points to go up 28-21 in the 3rd. Then came the 4th quarter.

Aggies QB Jerrod Johnson had a great game, but made some key mistakes at the wrong time. A few minutes into the 4th, Johnson scrambled out of the pocket, but dropped the ball. James Thomas recovered for the Cowboys and ran it back for a 63-yard TD to put the Pokes up 35-21. Things were looking good for Cowboys Nation.

However, the Aggies came back and scored twice to tie things up at 35 all. They had the ball with less than a minute left and were driving before Johnson was intercepted by Shaun Lewis. The Cowboys ran a couple of plays before setting Dan Bailey up for the game-winning field goal. Bailey nailed it from 40-yards out and the Pokes get the 38-35 win.

Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden had a solid game, throwing for 284 yards and 2 TD’s. Justin Blackmon had 10 catches for 127 yards and a TD, his 10th of the season. Kendall Hunter added 106 yards on the ground and 2 TD’s.

Johnson had a career high 406 yards passing and 5 TD’s, but was picked off 4 times. Overall, the Aggies had 535 yards in total offense, with the Pokes coming in at 354 yards.

OSU now moves to 4-0 on the season and in good shape in the Big 12 South for now. The Aggies fall to 3-1 but proved they can still be a force. But this night belonged to the Pokes.

Go crazy Eskimo Joe’s, go crazy.

Written by C. James


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