November 13, 2006

Oh so close

If it's consistency you're looking for, Texas A&M football's 2006 version has certainly delivered. All seven Big 12 conference games have gone down to wire, with three of the last four games being decided by a single point. A&M's final home game was no different, as Nebraska scored with 21 seconds remaining to edge out the Aggies, 28-27.

And while the Aggies found ways to win these close games earlier in the year, they are now finding ways to lose the close ones during the critical November stretch.

When Army veteran Mark Dodge made what appeared to be the game-clinching interception deep in Husker territory with under three minutes to play, it seemed to be a fitting end to the Veteran's Day game.

Unfortunately, a combination of questionable clock management, a blocked field goal, penalties and a generous pass defense led to an improbable outcome that Aggie fans have come to expect in November.

But surprisingly the tale of the tape shows a game that did not follow the usual A&M script of controlling the game clock and tempo.

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